The 7 C’s of Success

Having studied top achievers and peak performers my entire career, I’ve found that in most cases they have all mastered what are called the Seven C’s of Success.  I thought I’d share them with you:
  1. Clarity – Eighty percent of success comes from being clear on who you are, what you believe in and what you want.
  2. Competence – You can’t climb to the next rung on the ladder until you are excellent at what you do now.
  3. Constraints – Eighty percent of all obstacles to success come from within. Find out what is constraining in you or your company and deal with it.
  4. Concentration – The ability to focus on one thing single-mindedly and see it through until it’s done takes more character than anything else.
  5. Creativity – Flood your life with ideas from many sources. Creativity needs to be exercised like a muscle, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it.
  6. Courage – Most in demand and least in supply, courage is the willingness to do the things you know are right  
  7. Continuous learning – Read, at the very least, one book or magazine a week on business to keep you miles ahead of the competition. And just as you eat and bathe, organize your time so you spend 30 minutes a day exploring e-mail, sending messages, going through web sites, etc. because like exercise, it’s the only way you can build the the mental mussel you need to succeed.
Chicago CIO and Entrepreneur. Started @Orbitz, @AssureFlight, Team ITG, YourPrivateLine and others. I Love technology, startups and meeting interesting people.

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