Success is predetermined.
Not predetermined in the way that you may think of in which everything is already scripted out because of “fate.”
Success is predetermined by your preparation and experience.
A personal example…
Tonight I have a speaking event at Mohawk College in Hamilton, ON. I know it is going to go well because I have already done all of the hard work of rehearsing, tweaking the presentation, and adjusting from previous speaking events.
Sure, there may be an unexpected audio or video issue, but the success of the event will be measured on how clear the message is received, and the willingness of the students to act on the message.
The experience of doing many similar speaking events before this one tonight, also has predetermined the success of this event.
The first time I spoke to a college audience was an average experience, it was OK, but wasn’t great. Sure I prepared for hours upon hours, but how good can you really be at something if you are just doing it for the first time?
The first time you do something, your level of preparation has to be exponentially greater than the second time, because you have no experience at it.
The predetermination of success is ultimately controlled by you.
Whether in business, academics, or sports the more you prepare, the better you will become.
The more times you throw yourself in the fire to gain experience, the better you will become.
Most people think success comes down to a combination of luck or being at the right place of the right time, and those people are the ones who have no control over their own success.
Be willing to do a little extra work and preparation that the average person won’t, and you’ll ensure your success a heck of a lot quicker.
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