I’ve spent 30 years writing short biographies about folks in all kinds of professions. When I ask them what’s made them successful, I usually hear one of these responses…or sometimes, a combination.
# LUCK — I was in the right place at the right time, and fell into a profession I loved.
# TRAINING — I knew I was pretty good at (insert skill here). So I spent years trying to learn everything about it, so I would become an expert in the subject.
# DIRECTION — I was drifting around in school until a teacher told me I was really “gifted” at something. So I focused on that something, and became hugely successful at it.
# NEW FIELD — I spent my early life training for something else. Then a new profession emerged, and I realized I had the training and skill to fit into it.
The greatest thing about life is…we’re always learning! No matter what your age, you might be on the verge of a new discovery or new information. As my Dad used to encourage me, “You’re just one idea away from huge success.”