I've heard and read plenty about this concept of a key to success. And yet I dare say, a lot of people haven't even located the lock to begin with. To me, the following five concepts are the doors that you need to locate before you can unlock success.
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I use this anagram to remind myself of these ideas and to keep me focused when I want to succeed: WIN AT
In other words:
Want: Not what you want - focus on what others want. Only when you can offer something that others want, will you be able to succeed/sell/be heard.
Identity: Find, and be clear, of your own identity. How are you perceived by others? And is this the identity you want to project into the world? Hire a branding coach if necessary.
Not-known: Embrace the unknown. Be willing to face rejection and failure as you discover new paths. If one path doesn't lead to success, you can walk down another. Let's face it - if you haven't reached your pinnacle of achievement, you haven't discovered the right road which means it is still unknown to you. Look for it - it's not where you've already been.
Above: Go above and beyond. Whatever your boss (or client or buyer) asks for - do more. Over-deliver. You'll look like a rockstar if you surpass expectations.
True: Always be true to yourself. Being liked is nice, but changing your personal truth for someone else will not serve you in the end. Stand up for what's best for you even if it's unpopular. This doesn't mean you should be hostile or abrasive, it simply means remaining honest about where you stand. Ultimately, you will be respected for your unflinching authenticity.
No matter what your success goal is - whether it's CEO of your company, owner of your own business, or enjoying a fulfilling relationship - you have the power within you to WIN AT this game of life.