What are the critical
These are the tools that
are vital to achieve success.
If you really want to
succeed in life then you should learn how. Think about that for a
while. Do you know what is needed? What tools are required? What are
the critical success factors?
When a good carpenter wants to build a
piece of furniture he knows what tools he will need and what materials.
You would not expect him to just buy some wood and wait for some sort
of furniture to magically appear, that is ridiculous.
When it comes to life, most people want to
succeed but they never learn how. They wait for success to suddenly
happen, that is equally ridiculous. Succeeding at anything takes
planning, action and the right tools.
Success Can be Learned
I never learned how to bake a cake. I am
fairly sure that it takes flour, eggs maybe some milk and it goes in
the oven. If I never bother to find out what the proper ingredients
are, in what proportions, how long to bake it and at what temperature,
how do you think my cake will turn out? I suppose if I tried long
enough with different variations then something edible might emerge,
what a waste of time and effort. It would be easier to learn properly
in the first place.
Most of us have received some advice on how
to succeed. When I was young the only thing I was told was to get a job
and work hard. That might make a successful worker, an employee. How
about the saying, 'you can't bake a cake without breaking a few eggs'.
It is true, but if that is all you knew, then you would be breaking
lots of eggs and still no cake.
All of that sounds silly, nobody would try
to bake a cake just by cracking eggs. They would know there was more to
it and if they really wanted to cook they would learn how. You will
find that people will learn all kinds of different skills but when it
comes to being successful, living a good life, they never actively
I know that if I ever wanted to be a good
cook, or carpenter, then I would have to read books, find a teacher,
get the tools and so on. It would be a long process and the learning
never really ends. There are always better methods.
The Right Tools
Getting back to the tools needed to
succeed, the critical success factors. What are they? In the following
pages I have laid out some of the tools you will need. It is probably
not a complete list, just some basic requirements. Just like the
carpenter has his basic saw, hammer, drill and tape measure, these are
tools he must have. There will be other specialized equipment to do a
better job but he can get by with these. As this site grows I will be
How to set
goals:- If you don't know where you are going, how can you get
there? This is the primary tool needed to succeed. Every successful
person knew exactly what they wanted. Goal setting is more than just
deciding what you want. Read this very valuable page.
Passion:- Passion is the driving force that keeps you going. When
you have heard a hundred rejections, passion will give you the
persistence to overcome the obstacles. This page will help you discover
what your real passion is and how to turn it on.
Communication:- Communication is the single most powerful tool in
life. It is amazing how many people do not know how to communicate.
This is a far more complex subject than most people realize. Do not
skip this page.
:- How intelligent do you need to be to succeed. Can you increase your
It is difficult to go anywhere when you feel powerless. This is another
area that people generally do not understand. Check it out.
Leadership:- Other people will help you to succeed, if you are a
Success:- Most people realize that you must dress for success. How
do you do that? There is more to this than wearing the latest fashion.
Strangely, this does not really belong in critical success factors.
Most people equate success with money, which is why I have included it
here along with Financial
Freedom and Managing Money.
Success often brings money but it is not a necessary tool to achieve
success. Also refer to the Meaning of
Never Give Up:- Probably the toughest one.
You will notice that I have NOT included
luck in the critical success factors. Luck is not a tool, it is a
fickle whim of fate and should not be included in your plans.
There was a very interesting Canadian
program CBCs' Dragons Den season 5 finale. It showed the paths taken by
four self made millionaires. I highly recommend watching it if you can
find it on the net. I do not remember the exact wording but one of them
said "When people say I am lucky, I say yes, and the harder I work the
luckier I get." That really sums up luck for me.
When you have read the above highlighted
links you will have an idea of what the critical success factors are.
Remember they are tools, you still have to use them. Check on
the other tabs in the left hand column to see how to use them in your
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