This is Part Two of a series covering the Eight Personal Qualities for Success.
In Part One I covered, Know What You Want. In Part Two, I'll discuss The Ability to Focus and Determining the Price You'll Pay.
The Ability to Focus
The second quality is the ability to focus. Many people hesitate to go into business because they think they lack the talents and abilities necessary to succeed. They look at others who are successful and think that they must have unique talents or capabilities. But after getting to know that person, they find them to really be quite average.
The main difference is that the successful person has developed the ability to focus. A person of average intelligence, who is focused on a clearly identified and specific goal, will consistently outperform the brightest people who are not focused on anything specific.
Determine the Price You'll Pay
You must determine the price you'll have to pay to be successful. For everything in life, there is a price. And it must be paid before you can realize the rewards. In many instances, it takes sacrifice.
If you want to reap the great and abundant rewards your business can provide, you're going to have to do some not-so-glamorous things at some not-so-convenient times.
You're going to have to do what Earl Nightingale said, you'll have to do "...the things that unsuccessful business owners don't want to do."
That may mean, depending on the type of business you have or operate, that you'll have to leave the comfort of your store or office to visit with people about their needs in their homes or businesses at inconvenient times.
If you have a family, this may prove to be a hardship on you, but if you are just starting out in business, or want to increase your existing business or achieve some new goals, you may have to make that sacrifice.
If you are not willing to make the necessary sacrifices, then you can't expect to be as successful in business as someone who is willing to make those sacrifices.
In Part Three of the series, I'll cover Self Responsibility and Be Committed.