Mentoring business owners over the last 30 years plus my own personal experiences have shown me the challenges of thieves that steal our success.
Thieves, self-beliefs and comments (silent and spoken) like:
- “I can’t”
- :I should do ….”
- “I’m stupid”
- “I don’t know how”
- “I’m afraid to ask for help because they might think I am….”
- “I lack….” – money, connections, resources, ideas, etc.
- “Other people tell me I am.. ” stupid, ignorant, can’t do.
When we wrote the book “Who Stole My Success”, (a collection of tales of people who continue to overcome their thieves one day at a time) I was at a personal low. I had done so many wonderful things but no one seemed to value me outside of my family.
I failed to fit the mould people thought I should (a thief word): I was either too experienced, too qualified, lacked the skills needed or just the wrong personality to fit in with the client/employer.
Depression followed because no one would hire me and worse I felt that there was no hope for a better future. Everything seemed to be turning to custard.
But when we started on a path full of gratitude and blessings and returned to our purpose and manifesto suddenly the thieves that were stealing our success seemed to vanish. They kept coming but suddenly they had little to no impact. I felt stronger and more confident about what I could do and how I could contribute.
This site shares thoughts and ideas to help you dear reader stop your success thieves. The key way of doing this is by practicing the 5 A’s of Purposeful Living:
Awareness, Acknowledgement, Acceptance, Appreciation and Action.
Being aware of our and other’s thoughts, ideas, words and actions is the first step in taking control and stopping success thieves. It is like putting locks on your doors and keeping out the thieves that would steal your possessions.
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