“The Common Denominator of Success” is the title of a speech given by Albert E N Gray.
In this speech, Mr. Gray explained that success is not achieved by doing things that we necessarily like to do or things that come naturally to us. Gray said the common denominator of success lies in forming the habit of doing things that others don’t like to do.
Why do successful people form these habits? They understand that results are what’s most important. They form habits to do the things they don’t like exactly because they don’t like to do them…but understand that these habits get them the results they want. A habit is something you do without any conscious thought given….you automatically do it.
Successful people are motivated by the desire for pleasing results. Successful people understand that obtaining pleasing results means sometimes doing things they find unpleasing. They use their purpose to create habits that take the decision making out of doing unpleasant things and that purpose pushes them through to their goal.
Unsuccessful people are motivated by the desire for pleasing activities. Unsuccessful people are satisfied with the results they get by doing only the things they find pleasing and like to do.
Purpose drives successful people to form the habit of doing things they don’t want to do. It is impossible to succeed beyond the purpose that drives you. Your purpose must motivate you to accept what must be sacrificed to achieve it.
People form habits – Habits form futures. Habit eliminates the decisions that could lead to straying from your purpose and keeps you on track to meet their goals!