Success Is a Journey: 7 Steps to Achieving Success in the Business of Life

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This text focuses on achieving success in business and in life. The author has observed that many people with a great deal of talent fall flat on their faces, while people who appear to be less talented become extremely successful. Why are some people successful and others are not? What motivates a person to become and remain a success? After analysing many people in action, the author has come up with five characteristics common to all of them: they have a dream; they have a plan; they know how to get more done in a day; they build relationships with others; and they don't accept failure. The book concludes that you can't be successful without a plan, and that one of the most important parts of that plan is having the time to implement it. Tips and strategies are offered for becoming successful no matter what your goals are, and the author shows you how to get back in touch with your dreams and gives you the tools you need to achieve them.

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Most of us think about our careers as destinations: We'll know we've made it when we have the great job title, the successful franchise, the country-club membership, the bestselling novel. But few of us really understand the path from here to there. Hence, the adage that success is a journey. The process is what counts, because without it you'll never reach the destination.

The steps one takes during that process aren't always apparent, though, and that's where this book will prove invaluable. Jeffrey Mayer states that ambition should be matched to written goals. (Sure, it sounds corny, but if you don't understand what you want well enough to put into writing, how can you create the strategy to get those things?) Likewise, your plan of action for reaching those goals should be in writing, too.

But Success is more than an exercise in making lists. Mayer gives concrete tips, such as ways to unclutter your life (right down to what kind of file folders you should use to organize your papers) as well as how to become more effective in your daily work and make and keep friends who can help you throughout this journey.

Even if you're not particularly ambitious, Success might just motivate you to become more so; Mayer's advice on becoming better at what you do could help open entirely new career paths. --Lou Schuler

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Achieve new heights of personal success at work, at home, and in everything you do. Jeffrey J. Mayer, author of the best-selling Time Management for Dummies, provides you with hundreds of tips, techniques, ideas, and strategies that will help you succeed in the business of life. Success Is a Journey is a practical, hands-on workbook designed to help you achieve what you want out of life. As you complete thought-provoking exercises, and follow Mayer's practical advice, you will learn The 7 Steps of Success: Step 1: Successful people have a dream. Step 2: Successful people have a Master Plan of ACTion. Step 3: Successful people get results. Step 4: Successful people take responsibility for their time. Step 5: Successful people build relationships with the right people. Step 6: Successful people get to know the important people in their lives. Step 7: Successful people strive for excellence. The ultimate goal in life isn't just to succeed, it's to continue succeeding. To continue to improve. To continue to be the best that you can be. The best in your business, profession, or chosen career. The best husband, wife, father, mother, son, daughter, and friend that you can be. You've only got one life, but you have the the opportunity to make it a great one. With this unique book as your guide, you will realize the future is yours and it's unlimited. You can make in into anything you want.

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