The Top Ten Steps to Success

Mar 01, 2018

I love reading motivational quotes and slogans. But recently I came across The Top Ten Steps to Success, and I thought this one was too good not to share.


I do not know who the original author is, but I have adapted and inverted the list in true Top Ten countdown style. And I also added my commentary to provide additional insight into this list.

Without further ado, I hope you enjoy The Top Ten Steps to Success.


10. Try.


This is the fundamental beginning to any venture. You cannot expect success without the willingness to try something new.

You cannot expect success without the willingness to try something new.


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9. Try again.


Once attempt is not enough if you expect success. You will invariably discover that you must put in at least another attempt.


8. Try once more.


Additional effort will also be required to get to where you want to go. Multiple attempts are usually necessary to become successful.


7. Try a little differently.


When you have tried something repeatedly, and it hasn’t worked out, then it’s best to do something differently. After all, doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results is insanity.


6. Try it again tomorrow.


Sometimes it’s best to call it a day, with the expectation that you will come back afresh the next day and do it again.


5. Try and ask for help.


If your efforts aren’t getting it done, then it’s often helpful to look to someone else who can provide you the additional assistance to make it work.


4. Try and find someone who’s done it.


If you can’t get it done on your own, then look for someone who has been where you want to go and get their advice and counsel.


3. Try to determine what is not working.


If your efforts are still coming up short, then it’s best to break down what you’re doing so you can see what exactly is preventing you from being successful.


2. Try to determine what is working.


At this point, it is helpful to identify what is going right. So that you will not lose heart, see which of your efforts are producing the desired outcome.


1. Just keep trying.


Winston Churchill famously said, “Never give in.”

Thomas Edison reportedly said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

And Henry Ford is recorded as saying, “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

If you will always keep trying, you will likely keep succeeding.


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