Success is Not Achievement But This

Posted by  Casey Thomas, on Nov 24, 2021 11:17:02 AM

I am an avid reader.  Self help books are my jam and though that though that sounds lame, I am fascinated with people who are uber successful.  Here's  a study I came across that has helped me think of Success differently.

Robert Wood and Albert Bandura did a captivating study of graduates with management experience.  In their study, they used successful test takers versus hard nosed workers who have proven find joy in challenges.

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These scientists gave these business leaders a complex management task where they had to run a pretend furniture company. 

The successful test takers were told the task was measured by their ability they already developed from their previous study efforts.  

The other group was told that their skills were developed through sheer practice and they would build on top of their skills by learning to pivot and take on challenges.


The task was very hard because the production standards were very high and hard to meet.  

Both groups fell short.

But while the first group did not adapt, the second group graduates that showed an affinity for challenges, used feedback and teamwork to alter their strategies and inevitably found success.

As Booker T. Washington, a man directly impacted by Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, put it, “I have learned that success is to be measured not so much by the position one has reached in life as by the obstacles which one has overcome while trying to succeed.”

Formula for success:  Perspective in overcoming challenges + Effort + Time = Success

We love the training ground of learning music and overcoming challenges.  Every time you practice is one step closer to overcoming challenges and reaching your dreams. 

Every time someone hears you play an instrument its an act of vulnerability.  A chance to be authentic, if you make a mistake then good, your normal and relatable.

If you play soothing music or something entertaining then good, you are providing value and serving others with the effort you put into learning.  

Success is not achievement but the perspective that when you fail, you are not a failure but have not achieved YET!!

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