Week 5 Success is usually earned by persevering and not becoming discouraged when we encounter challenges. ~ James E. FaustRead Now
The Secret to Entrepreneurial Success: Skill, Character, or Luck? By Jeff Sandefer is an intriguing write up. The question is one to get a person thinking. He proposed the question to a group of highly successful entrepreneurs without getting a response the first couple iterations. I think the reason it took so long to get an answer is because it is so thought provoking. I agree that character is a main driving force. Without the fortitude to persevere anyone can fail even with skill and a great chance to get a foot in the door (i.e. luck).
Another book entitled Mastery by George Leonard addresses the same topic. Leonard asserts anyone can have a talent but it is a determination to see it through that decides whether one is on their way to mastering whatever it is they are pursuing.
Each of the assigned readings and videos this week relate once more to the idea that we are on a journey. Leonard writes about the learning bumps and plateau, and how to love the steady ride while there. Randy Komisar spoke about the need to not become paralyzed when one is not able to achieve what they have designated as their passion. He says, “ . . .rather than thinking about the passion, free yourself up to think about a portfolio of passions and the task is to marry that portfolio of passions to the opportunities in front of you.”
Sometimes the opportunity to go for things are not there. But other opportunities are. We need to remain open to the promptings of our inner voice, or the spirit, if you will. In my case I have always loved art. But for whatever reason I never have taken any formal lessons after high school. I thought it was my passion, but then I began to write and it consumed me. I was able to tell the stories that my art never could convey.
I chose to attend BYU-I through online courses. I was deeply saddened that art was not offered. And then doubly saddened when an English degree was not an option either. Still this was my first opportunity to get an extended education so rather than quit and take a different path I chose to follow through and get my general studies degree. From there I will have another choice to make…I can pursue a creative writing degree from a local college or take specific classes from writers like Dave Farland. Right now taking Dave’s classes sounds much more engaging and to the point.
So far luck has not smiled upon my writing. My skills are growing through perseverance…which is definitely one of my favorite character traits. So yes, I would say in the end all three are components of success…but stubborn stick-to-itiveness trumps all.