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Chapter 3Be 5 Percent More Successful

I have a writer on staff and I was meeting with him a while back. We were just casually discussing his job and how it was going. I asked him how he planned his day. It was awesome how he laid it out. He told me his goal was to write 800 to 1,000 words a day. His objective was to create better and better content for our newsletter. He then went on to say that many times he meets his goal each day then shoots for a slightly higher word count. Maybe then he shoots for between 1,200 and 1,400 words. He doesn't dream about it; he sets small achievable goals and meets them day in and day out. That is how he pursues, achieves, and defines success.

So what is success? Most people think that a successful person is wealthy. They have all the material things they want. Or professionals like doctors and lawyers are by definition successful just because they are in those particular professions.

Success is a moving target. It means different things to different people. I have been asked and even attempted to define success. I now define success in a very simple manner: it is what you want it to be. That's it: success is what you want it to be. No one else can define it. So when others talk about achieving “extreme” success, only you can define that. Success happens every moment of every day. When you get up and have a productive day, that is a success!! When you go to the gym, that is a success!

But how can you achieve the type of success that society ...

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