Classic Ironies of Success

Sometimes we keep ourselves from ever achieving success because we forget the principles that govern that very goal. Here is a reminder:

Only by focusing on serving others can you obtain any success. Most people wake up in the morning and wonder how they can get more from the world. The irony is in the fact that the only way to get anything from the world is to give more to it.

As much as we focus on external factors such as cash-flow, economy, market, etc; the overwelmingly largest factor in our success is us. Yep, we are the authors of our own reality. Everything that you have around you is a result of you.

Inevitably your human life value and your wealth will rise and fall at an equal pace. Despite our tendancy to neglect ourselves on the path to treasure no lasting value can be achieved but upon the foundation of personal worth.

Our greatest assets are not our credit, cash, or property… its our relationships with those who trust us. The addage its not what you know but who you know could be improved by saying its who you know that would trust you.

As much as you truly belive that you are willing to work for money it never fails to be the single poorest motivation in the world. Ironic that money can only be achieved as a bi-product of some other deeper and more meaningful dream. What is your why?

Jacob S Paulsen


  1. Jeanna on July 16, 2009 at 8:54 am

    Thank you for this article! I needed to be reminded to focus on serving and not gaining. Life is so much happier for me when I think more about serving others.

  2. Rick Coyle on April 27, 2011 at 5:14 am

    Excellent. A coach of mine was fond of saying “if your relationships work your life works”.

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