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How to achieve success

Written by Emma Burbidge Posted in Careers

How to achieve success

I was brought up believing that to be successful I needed to be clever and achieve good grades at school. For some people academic success might be important, but it is not for everyone. Success means different things to different people.

Success for me was not just going to university and getting a degree. It was passing my driving test after several attempts, even when I had almost given up. Success for me was getting a job in something I wanted to do after nearly 16 months of searching.

For one of my friends, his dream was to travel around the world; he achieved this by working hard, saving lots of his money and taking opportunities by the neck.

We all need some success in our lives, however small that success may seem, because it is what gets us up in the morning and keeps us going each day. Achieving success is essential for a happy and fulfilling life!

What does success mean to you? Think long and hard about this question. What are your dreams and ambitions? It doesn’t matter if these dreams seem unobtainable at this point. Even if your dream is to be an astronaut or the next David Beckham, don’t rule this out just because you don’t think you can achieve this. Write down your answer on a piece of paper or a sticky note and place it somewhere that you will see it every day.

Remember that you don’t have to be academically gifted to be successful. Sir Alan Sugar of the Apprentice fame and Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin, both came from humble beginnings and struggled at school. They started their first business ventures when they were sixteen and went on to become highly successful, with billion-pound businesses.

They did not achieve this success over night. Success is never built over night, but over weeks, months, even years. But it can be achieved from the smallest beginnings.

Your dream, whatever it may be, is not impossible, believe me!
Now you have thought what your goal is, how might you achieve this goal?

If you are short of ideas, then think about what you enjoy and what you are good at, how could you build success from this? Talking to someone might help. You can talk to TCHC about your ambitions and they can help you think of ways of achieving it.

Could your hobby be a really good business idea? If you enjoy sport, could you earn a living from this and become the best in the world at it? If you like playing video games, you could become a game designer. If you love animals, you could become a vet or animal trainer! Do you want to be a hairdresser or a plumber?

Write these goals and how you are going to achieve them on a piece of paper, whether this is through finding an apprenticeship, starting work or continuing your education.

Now try working towards these goals every day either one at a time or all together, until you achieve them.

I hope you take confidence from these success stories.

Catherine Grainger is an Olympic rower. She stood on the podium three times with a silver medal round her neck at three separate Olympics. She was proud of her achievement, but after coming so close to a gold medal, she was determined to achieve this, even with her age against her. She kept practising and telling herself that she could do it, until she rowed her way to Olympic success in front of thousands of British spectators.

Scottish tennis champ, Andy Murray, got to four grand slam finals but lost in all of them, before he fulfilled his dreams. He won a gold and silver medal at the Olympics before going on to achieve his dream of winning a grand slam title at the US Open.

Catherine Grainger and Andy Murray achieved their success through effort and determination to develop their skills but also mental strength and willpower. They were able to achieve their goals because they finally had self-belief.

In order to achieve success you need to believe in yourself, stay focused and determined. Keep telling yourself that you can succeed.
If you fail, it doesn’t matter, you can just keep trying. It doesn’t matter if you make mistakes because you will learn from them next time.

However difficult your goal might seem, if you believe you can achieve your goals, you can and will achieve it.

Best of luck!

About the Author

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge

Emma Burbidge is the marketing assistant at TCHC. She helps to manage the website and promote the Youth Contract. She enjoys writing for the blog and sharing advice and tips with young people on a range of topics, from finding a job to battling with depression.

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