Knocking the door of success

Although there is no recipe of success, observing the common patterns which successful people follow, can provide useful hints. I recommend the following path:

1) Dreaming: Knocking the door

Dreaming is a serious thing because before you dream you need to find what you wish (and what you do not want). In another words; “Identifying Your Desires” precedes dreaming; Then “You Dream“. If you really want to accomplish what you dream, you need to clarify your aim.  This means; “Setting Objectives” should proceed dreaming. In dreaming phase you do not need to plan how you will get what you want. Dreaming deals with the “what” question, not “how” question.

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage  to pursue them."
Walt  Disney

2)  Setting Objectives

Write your S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, time dimension) objectives in a paper. This is not just to remind you what your objectives are, but it is another way of promising yourself to hold on your dream (especially in the hard times, when you are in the “Dip”). Setting objectives and writing them makes your mind open to opportunities related with your aim.

Management by objective works - if you know the objectives.
Ninety percent of the time you don't.
Peter Drucker

3) Believing

If you do not believe that you will succeed, wait here until you believe. This is the most difficult part for most of the people. But it is a must. You need to believe in yourself and your luck. Leave the negative thoughts and feelings (such as doubt, fear and indecision). Instead, be confident and believe that what you dream will be a reality. Try to feel the joy when it happens.

"Whether You Believe You Can, Or You Can't, You Are Right"
Henry Ford

4) Acting

Having your objectives in your hand, you begin to act. Sometimes, you do not have all the answers (i.e. how to do?); in those times, you just hold on to your belief and continue acting.  Acting means progression. Acting means  leaving the obstacles behind. Acting means showing effort.

Before the door opens, you find yourself just acting (you may even forget about your dream).

"Action is the foundational key to all success."
Pablo  Picasso

5) Success

When you accomplish what you dream, you understand that it was the journey that is fun. You understand that the dream per se was not the whole thing. This means: this is the time for a new dream.

"Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value."
Albert Einstein

Moral of the article: Enjoy your dream, act; and enjoy your journey, even it is hard and full of obstacles; remember to smile.

About ozgurzan

Professional: 1999- Co-founder and Managing Director of Done Information & Comm. Systems Academic: 2008 Ph.D. Organization and Management - Yeditepe University 2002 MBA - Yeditepe University 1994 Computer Engineering - Bogazici University
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2 Responses to Knocking the door of success

  1. Very good article, thank you very much.
    May I also emphasize the importance of the strategy, as part of point 2 or as a separate point at your list?
    It is mostly overlooked or a misused buzz word, still worth mentioning. I am also working on frameworks to learn it in a game setting. (e.g. )
    Have a good day!

    • ozgurzan says:

      Thank you very much for your contribution. Yes, I agree. Strategy is the next step after setting objectives and shall come before acting.

      I have played strategy game in our Ph.D. classes but it was not online. is a great value. Well done.

      For a challenging and contrasting perspective, I recommend the book of Henry Mintzberg: “The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning” (1994), where he reflects a general dissatisfaction with strategic planning.

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