Sherry A. Phillips

Suspense Author

10 Myths About Success


Think you’re just not the type of person to be a success? It may be because you’ve been telling yourself lies about what success means and what kind of person you have to be to succeed.

What are these lies or myths? Here are 10:

1. You must be an extrovert

When you think of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, does he strike you as an outgoing, fun-loving person who loves to be around people? How about the late Steve Jobs? Bill Gates? Not everyone is like Donald Trump or Richard Branson.

The secret of being a success is just being you!

2. You must be an introvert

On the flipside of the extrovert is the introvert. That’s when people think of Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs. Successful entrepreneurs don’t close themselves off from the world.

3. You need to come from a privileged background

People love to assume you need to come from money in order to make money. While that may have helped people like Mitt Romney and The Donald, most successful entrepreneurs are self-made. Think Oprah Winfrey, Richard Branson, Jay Z, and others who started at the bottom, worked their butts off and are now reaping the rewards of their hard work.

4. You have to be a social media genius

While Gary Vanerchuk and Sandi Krakowski have utilized social media to crush their businesses and brands, most CEO’s don’t really have much time to hang out on social media, though that may be changing.

Don’t know what you should post or do on social media? There are hundreds of how-to tutorials, videos and blog posts to help you! Just search for it and follow their advice. (Word of warning … if someone is teaching a class on how to successfully market your business on Twitter and they only have 85 followers, you may want to look for someone with a little more credibility.)

5. You have to invent something new

People immediately start thinking about the inventor of Spanx or Gates or Jobs. If they could just come up with that new idea no one has thought of, they’d be a success too. Ted Turner didn’t invent cable television, but he tweaked it until he figured out what people wanted and gave it to them.

6. You can make yourself into a success

I will be honest here. If you don’t have the character traits of a successful person, you probably won’t be successful. The truth is there ARE certain character traits that successful people have that others do not possess. These are traits are indefatigable focus, dogged persistence in the face of setbacks, and “deafness” to naysayers. Some people are just born leaders and have these traits in spades. Others have to develop them. They can be developed, but the desire to develop them must be present.

7. Successful Entrepreneurs are solely focused on the money

Not true! Most successful people I have had the privilege of meeting see money as just numbers in a game. It’s a means to an end. One friend of mine who’s husband is hugely successful in his field said, “Money is just a tool in his belt to reach his goals.” That goes to what I keep seeing over and over and over again when it comes to being a success.

Find your WHY! If your why is strong enough, it will see you through the obstacles that you will face as you pursue your goals. It’s not enough to just want money. WHY do you want the money?

8. Success Breeds Success

Hogwash! Success can breed laziness if you aren’t consistently striving for new goals and new ways of doing things. Ever heard of the line, “There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.” It was said by Ken Olson back in the 1970’s when he was king of the computers. His people warned him of others who were developing computers and he dismissed them as “toys.” That’s when he said this sentence. Today, his company is but a memory and almost everyone has a PC or Mac in their home.

Steve Jobs and Apple never rested on their previous accomplishments. Don’t rest on yours either.

9. You have to be a risk-taker

Yes, successful entrepreneurs take risks. However, they are calculated risks. When Mark Burnett says, “Jump In! Even if you don’t know how to swim!” he doesn’t mean jump into the deepest water with no way to save yourself. Learn as you go and certainly, don’t wait until everything is “perfect.” Nothing will ever be perfect.

Take risks, but know what the consequences are if you fail and measure whether or not you’re willing to take that risk.

10. All you need is a great idea and a lot of enthusiasm to be successful

I wish! Great ideas are a dime a dozen. First you need to figure out if there’s a market for your great idea. Thomas Edison stated that he always thought about how an invention might serve others before he pursued it. “I find out what the world needs, then I proceed to invent.”

Grow yourself and then figure out how you can serve others. That’s the real secret to success.

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2 Replies

  1. Gretchen Cline

    Hi Sherry! Thanks for that great article and all your encouraging posts!

    1. Thank you, Gretchen! I hope your day is blessed with joy and all good things!

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