Being Great and Achieving Success

The Cameron-Brooks mission statement says, “Cameron-Brooks will help candidates and alumni reach their utmost potential – personally and in their career…” 

To help all of our candidates and alumni reach their potential, I want to share an article with you about being “great” that really made an impact on me and helps me every day to focus on getting better.

The article is titled, “What it Takes to be Great” and Geoff Colvin wrote it for Fortune magazine in October 2006.   

Highlights from the article:

– “Research now shows lack of natural talent is irrelevant to great success.”

– Achieving success requires “painful, demanding practice and hard work.”

– Achieving a high performance level takes a minimum of 10 years and usually longer.

– High achievers overcome obstacles and forge on when improvement doesn’t come as quickly or naturally as it did in the beginning. 

– One has to approach work with a new goal: “Instead of merely trying to get it done, you aim to get better at it.”

– Feedback is crucial BUT you have to have the initiative and confidence to ask for it.

– If great performance were easy, it wouldn’t be rare.

– You have to practice regularly – make it a habit.

– Don’t give up.

You can dive deeper into these ideas by reading Colvin’s new book, Talent is Irrelevant or Malcom Gladwell’s new book, Outliers.

After reading this article two years ago, I no longer tell people, “Have a great day.”  Instead, I say, “Be great today!”

Joel Junker