Many of the great writers and speakers on personal development and success have suggested that one key to success is to take personal control of your life and your career.
Brian Tracy wrote that any aspiring person should consider themselves as the President of their own personal services company. Zig Ziglar mentions that you should see yourself as self-employed, regardless of who signs your pay check (or pay cheque).
The late, great Jim Rohn challenged us all to work harder on ourselves than we do on our jobs. Education will make you a living, but self-education will make you a fortune, he urged.
I have recently started reading Jay Niblick’s excellent book “What’s Your Genius“. In it, Niblick says:
…in order to really take charge of your life, you need to add one more [title]. That new title is what I call the SEO, or Self Executive Officer, which simply means that you will be the boss of your own life from now on.
Niblick has condensed this important topic into three powerful words. We might still follow others, but, when you become SEO, you take responsibility for what happens in your life and you determine your own success – no one else.
If you want to become successful, you have to take responsibility. Stop blaming others. Have the courage to break through and conquer your fear and limiting beliefs to do something different and take charge of your own life; to determine your own destination on this great journey of life.
Earl Nightingale defined success as progression towards a worthy goal. You don’t have to have a million dollars in the bank or be CEO of General Electric or be selected to play scrum half for the All Blacks. Take responsibility for yourself. Reflect on who you are and what your strengths are [increase your levels of self awareness] and then be authentic to your strengths, talents and values. Be your own Self Executive Officer.