I have great news for you peeps today! Success is not only for the gifted and elite, it is achievable for everyone!
Since May is graduation month, did you know the average college GPA for millionaires is 2.9? Sure, the sample size is only 700 people but you get the idea.
GPA’s are often a measure of regurgitated answers and memorization. GPA does not necessarily factor in leadership ability, creativity, or outside of the box problem solving.
The fact is, you don’t need to be a valedictorian at an ivy league school to find success in this life. Hell, some don’t even go to college or they have dropped out early. We here at Defined Sight are advocates of getting this expensive piece of paper though it certainly doesn’t have to be from Harvard or Yale.
There have been many wealthy and successful people who come out of “normal” universities and community colleges.
Success Tips For Everyone
If you weren’t born with a silver spoon in your mouth, have a famous last name, or blessed with brilliance, you might have to achieve greatness the hard way. By being the hardest F’ing worker in the room.
There is no shame in it. In fact, there should be only pride for great effort. Your boss will respect you, your coworkers should respect you, and you can look at yourself in the mirror and say you are giving it your all. A few other simple ways to get ahead……
- Be professional.
- Show up on time.
- Pay attention to detail.
- Go the extra mile.
- Be kind to those you deal with.
These are items that aren’t hard to do and should be like second nature.
Effort Is A Choice
There are so many variables in life and careers that we can’t dictate. Office politics, seniority, discrimination to name a few. But the one thing we can all control is the amount effort we put forth in whatever we are trying to accomplish.
If you can find a task, or a career, in which you find fulfilling and put forth unmatched effort, good luck to those competing with you!
I’ve found the perfect combination to be the love for something and the hard work put in. But it takes both parts of the equation.
Success Is Different To All
I mentioned a survey about millionaires and somewhat implied it means being successful. Well, some might consider being a millionaire a success and the next person might not care one bit about it.
Those who are defined by money are doing it wrong, in my opinion. To be fair, I think most who have money aren’t this way. Life isn’t about playing a net worth contest.
I’m always fascinated by missionaries. They give up opportunities to live a fairly cozy lifestyle here in the states and often relocate to third world countries surrounded by disease and potentially hostile people. Not to mention a language barrier.
Quite honestly, it is something I could never do. It is way too far outside of my comfort zone and I can admit it.
Success to people like missionaries means something totally different and I respect them for it. They will most likely never be rich in the monetary sense. But the work they do fulfills them in ways money cannot.
Go Get It!
Even though some people may have things a little easier, you can still outperform them if you have the right work ethic, dedication, and attitude.
I implore you not to feel second class, unworthy, or dejected if you don’t come from a certain pedigree or have a transcript full of straight A’s.
Achievements along the way will be mean something a bit more when you earn everything you get.
Reader Question- Would your college GPA bring down the survey average? 🙂 How do you define success? Thank you for reading!