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Accept Your Success When It Arrives

Published on Nov 26, 2012


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By Adam Toren Success itself is not readily definable. It means different things to different people. Initially, success can mean having your revenue exceed your costs for the first time. Maybe success means four weeks off a year and a high income. Whatever the case may be, don’t limit yourself by letting negativity sabotage your success. Learn to rid yourself of limiting beliefs and embrace your achievement.

Guilt Trips

Watching other people struggle while you succeed may create feelings of guilt. Other people’s success shouldn’t really be your concern. And if it is, being a positive role model is the best way to help them succeed. Don’t succumb to guilt. It will negatively impact your decision-making. Turn feelings of guilt on their head and focus on setting good examples.


Maybe you struggled for ages before finally hitting it big. Maybe you got a break and found success quickly. The point is, everyone’s circumstances are different, but hard work, strategy, and talent always reinforce long-term success. Again, if you let personal insecurities weigh you down, you’ll never be able to maximize your potential. You owe it to your vision to put in maximum efforts.


When you’re successful, people expect a lot from you. This is a good thing. High expectations should lead to even better quality on your part. Remember, you initially succeeded by exceeding customer and colleague expectations. Carry that attitude with you as your business continues to grow.

Irrational Fears

Fear can arise out of nowhere. Humans are predisposed to feel fear. Thinking rationally, you can understand that singing a karaoke song will lead to no physical harm, but that doesn’t mean you’re not nervous. Likewise, many business-based fears are irrational. Remember that ultimately you’re not about to be attacked by a tiger, and use your fear as a form of energy to fuel your performance.

Reward Yourself

Don’t put off your lifestyle indefinitely. Of course, don’t go on a montage-backed spending spree, but reward your hard work by indulging sometimes. Often, it takes a huge amount of work to get started, but highly successful people don’t suddenly stop working when they hit their goals. They remain excited about projects, dedicated to implementing them, and they always set new goals. Since you’re business is always evolving, start enjoying little rewards from the beginning.

Share Your Success

Just as you reward yourself, reward those around you who helped you achieve. Remember, your employees aren’t the only ones who helped you succeed. Loved ones can offer emotional support, and don’t forget the impact of your teachers and community leaders. Give back to your employees, your community, and your family. By creating a positive environment that rewards achievement, you can ensure that your success will be long lasting.

Over and Out

Not accepting your success can result in negative feelings that will ultimately damage your business and your lifestyle. Keep in mind that nagging negative feelings are normal. The key is to recognize them for what they are and let them drift away before they become influential. -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Adam Toren
Adam Toren
Adam Toren is a serial entrepreneur, mentor, investor and co-founder of YoungEntrepreneur.com. He is co-author, with his brother Matthew, of the award winning books, Kidpreneurs and Small Business, BIG Vision: Lessons on How to Dominate Your Market from Self-Made Entrepreneurs Who Did it Right. Their latest project is a free classified ads network called: iSell.com.