One of the keys to becoming more successful is being able to keep your eyes open and learn from everything around you. If you pay careful enough attention, you can even learn how to be successful from the negative things in your life.
One of the reasons that a lot of us don’t reach our goals is that we don’t want them bad enough. We put our goals in the category of “I would like to have” instead of “I got to have”. If the reward of achieving the goal is not clear and great enough, or if the negative consequence is not great enough, we won’t work hard enough to accomplish our goals.
When we are in the mind frame of “I got to have” we will do what it takes to achieve our goal. If our goal is just something we would like, we might not think of it as a priority and all the fires that pop up will become more important than achieving our goal.
The great Jewish sage Rabbi Meshulam Zusya of Anipoli, of blessed memory, learned a number of methods of serving G-d – from a thief. If we look at the habits of a thief, we can also see what it takes to be truly successful in life (in a positive way of course)…
- He works quietly without others knowing.
- He is ready to place himself in danger.
- The smallest detail is of great importance to him.
- He labors with great toil.
- Eager willingness or readiness, often manifested by quick, lively action
- He is confident and optimistic
- If he does not succeed the first time, he tries again and again
Keep your eyes open you’ll never know who you can learn from.
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