The criteria for success is commonly believed to be a dramatic flash of brilliant blinding genius. Really? I think not.
An IQ score of 140 is considered genius and an IQ score of 160 is extraordinary genius.
Genius in Action
Thomas Edison’s IQ was 145 and he successfully identified 1,000 ways that a light bulb would not work. Come on folks, it takes time to successfully identify 1,000 ways something will not work; that is not an instant flash of genius. Genius, yes; Edison was absolutely a genius. He did not close his eyes for a nap and wake up with the perfect solution for creating the light bulb; at least it was certainly not on his first attempt.
Albert Einstein’s IQ was 160. His theory of relativity changed the way we view space and time. He published his first paper on the theory of relativity in March of 1905 and spent the next 10 years refining the theory.
Bill Gates scored 160 also. His first business failed. He said that many saw the potential of computers; the difference was that he took immediate and massive action. Once again, not a flash of brilliance; Bill Gates took action on an idea and developed it into an empire.
Failure Before Mega Success
Today’s mega successful entrepreneurs failed many times before reaching their ultimate success. Jack Dorsey, golden boy of Silicon Valley, was fired as CEO of Twitter. Oprah Winfrey was fired from her television job because of her appearance. Henry Ford’s first company closed its doors. Walt Disney was rejected for a cartoonist job. Steve Jobs was fired by Apple in 1985.
Criteria for Success
Thomas J Watson of IBM fame said, “If you want to succeed, double your failure rate.”
Genius is helpful but not the only criteria for success. Having a brilliant mind, an excellent, timely idea and taking massive action to bring the idea to reality worked for Bill Gates.
The list goes on and on. The criteria for success does not seem to be the speed of the idea, the brilliance of the originator of the idea or even the timing of the idea. What is the magic criteria for success? The criteria for success seems to be the willingness to try and the willingness to fail in the pursuit of a goal.
Story after story has been written about Abraham Lincoln and his long list of failures before becoming a legend as President of the United States. Thomas Edison failed over 1,000 times before achieving success. Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs and Bill Gates all failed before reaching their ultimate pinnacle of success.
The criteria for success is the belief that the results will be worth the persistence and failure in the pursuit of success.
Results do count. The important fact is that it is not the initial results or even the interim results. It is the final result which counts.
What causes that final result is not the blue blood heritage, the IQ, the timing of the idea or even the field of endeavor. The criteria for success is believing so strongly in your idea that you will persist from failure to failure until you achieve success.
It is not the idea or even the process, but the belief and persistence which determine the ultimate result.
What idea do you have which deserves to be pursued until it becomes successful? Are you giving up before your ultimate success? Belief and persistence are the criteria for success.