Imagine being in your late 60’s and looking back on your life. There are so many fond memories to recall and mentally revisit. You remember vacations, places lived, jobs, family gatherings.

Recalling those earlier years, I also remembered sad times and bad times. The bad times for me were mostly those times when I disappointed myself and those who wanted to see me succeed. For me, those bad times are still an embarrassment.

It was a review of those bad times that prompted me to understand why I had failed so often. My memory was not perfect because I was doing this years and years after some of those failures. And what have I continued to do all of my adult life? Read and study what it took to succeed. During my examination of the many failures, I listed what I now thought caused me to fail each time. Every failure was MY fault. Every time my thinking was wrong.

Wrong thinking? Yes. I always had a fair amount of ability to learn in school and I thought that ability would take me to a successful life. I did not expect to be on the top but I knew I could do well. What I did not realize until late in life was that intelligence is seldom the key to success. It is often a disadvantage. In school, my ability to learn quickly allowed me to earn good grades and that made me think that the rest of life would work the same way. Wrong thinking.

If you are shaking your head and wondering what is more important than intelligence, then you are about to learn what it took me almost 50 years to learn. The most important characteristic for the achievement of success is: STRENGTH OF CHARACTER.

When I look at my four high school classmates who now have a doctorate, I do not believe either of them had more intelligence than me. But it is obvious that each of them had a much stronger character than I had. That is what helped them attain success while I continued to fall short.

If I could do it all over again, with the understanding that I now have, I would focus on developing a strong character. I would not obsess on what school led me to think was most important – names, dates, and equations.

My advice to you is to strengthen all aspects of your character. In doing so, you will give yourself a greater chance to achieve the success you dream of.

How much do you want to succeed? What will success mean to you? What will it do for you? Together, passion and a strong character will take you a long way.

Are you ready to learn how strong your character is? 





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