Purpose and Focus

ebook1_smallDesire – the starting point of all achievement. — Napoleon Hill

Success depends first and foremost on your having a purpose, or what Napoleon Hill called a Definite and Certain Purpose. When you identify what your purpose is and develop a burning desire to achieve it you have made the first, and perhaps the most important step toward success.

You may already have a purpose or goal which consumes you and if you do that is great and you need not read the next section – simply skip beyond it to the following section. But if you are in doubt as to what your purpose should be read on.

Some people will state that their purpose is to make money or to become rich. People have become very wealthy with that as their primary goal. I suggest you do not make that your definite purpose. It is a relatively shallow purpose by itself. We earn money by being of service; by solving other people’s problems or meeting their needs. People who have a passion to do that – to serve – are usually far more passionate about their purpose, more likely to persevere and more likely to be successful. You are more likely to have a more meaningful experience if you choose something beyond making money as your purpose and you are more likely to succeed. ***

Once you decide what your definite and certain purpose is you must decide to commit. It is easy to commit for today. It is easy to commit for the short term. It is easy to commit when you are motivated and excited. It is easy to commit when your project and goals are new.

The successful person makes a commitment to see their purpose through no matter what. They persist despite disappointment, setbacks and temporary “failure”. They refine their approach, learn from their mistakes and keep going forward. They do this day after day, week after week and month after month and ultimately year after year.

Sustaining Commitment and Focus is Crucial

It takes a genuinely deep commitment to your purpose to sustain that level of motivation and work for months and years. Often the biggest difference between those who succeed and those who fail is that level of commitment and the willingness to stick to it.

It is easy to be distracted, to lose sight of the ultimate goal and to head down new paths that seem are more enticing. You can chase a hundred distractions and never accomplish anything of significance.

Bill Gates was committed to a definite purpose – to developing and market consumer based software, to place a useful computer in every home, and then to link every home to the internet. He did not work toward that purpose for weeks or months – he worked it for years before he realized the amazing success we all take for granted called Microsoft. It is estimated that he wrote computer code for well over 10,000 hours beginning in high school before he perfected his technique.

The Beatles had a purpose to become a famous and successful pop music group, first in Europe and then on the world stage. They practiced and toured crummy nightclubs and small venues for years – also spending over 10,000 hours of practice and playing together to perfect their sound which looked so easy by the time they landed on the Ed Sullivan Show.

Excerpt from The Success Essentials, Essential One: You Must Have Purpose and Focus. ©2015 by Daniel R. Murphy.

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Wishing you well,

Daniel R. Murphy
Educating people for building wealth, adapting to a changing future and personal development.