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In my quest to always excel and be the best, I came across this article by Heidi Grant Halvorson about the nine things successful people do differently. After reading and re-reading and re-re-reading it I find myself wondering “where have I been?” So much of what I have done and accomplished to date has been by the sheer grace of our Living God. But then I realized that my “predisposition” is actually the “predestination” the Lord wove into my very being in my mother’s womb. Don’t get me wrong, there were years of schooling and post-secondary education involved. Years of experience gained by on-the-job training in the school-of-hard-knocks took place. So often, however, regardless of education and training, I am fascinated at the stupid things I do. And that is precisely why this article hit home with me. I hope you enjoy it as much as I.
Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. It turns out that even brilliant, highly accomplished people are pretty lousy when it comes to understanding why they succeed or fail. The intuitive answer — that you are born predisposed to certain talents and lacking in others — is really just one small piece of the puzzle. In fact, decades of research on achievement suggests that successful people reach their goals not simply because of who they are, but more often because of what they do. Continue reading>>>