Success breeds success

Last Update: January 16, 2019

Hello to you and good morning! If success breeds success, what happens if you do not have success? I think we all meet here on WA because we are thriving for a successful online experience, granting us extra or more income/revenue, learning within our community, sharing inspiration and motiveat ourselves and others to pursue and not to give up.

But: How do I define success? This is a very personal thing. Success to me always was achieving the goals I set - but recently I gathered that these goals were mostly set in accordance with beliefs developed in my childhood. And I have not stopped searching for new goals widening my horizons since.

My mindset was competitive on the one side and at the same time I believed in cooperation. As long as I remember I tried to cooperate within competitive environments and sometimes it worked but at the end of the day when you are in the sales business, you win, if you make a sale and your competitor loses. And I often did not make the sale. For me the online business is a chance to combine creativity with service for the customer and not having to directly compete.

Success for me is mainly divided into two different fields of aspects:

1. Financial success: this is the easiest aspect for measuring. You simply look at your incoming revenue and if you do it in a sophisticated way, you deduct your costs.

2. Maintaining my spiritual balance: here it becomes complex. This is the major challenge when dealing with high hopes and low results. This morning I realized that I had worked for a project for weeks and now made the sale but at the time when I had to arrange the offer to be made, I had simply handed on the offer which the manufacturer had sent to me directly, to the client. Facit: NO earnings for me because the manufacturer had forgotten about my role!! I do not buy myself, I just manage the sales for him and earn a commission from him. BUT I did not check the prices. Simple really. Unpleasant consequences and wholly my own fault for being so slack in not checking what I would send on.

I immediately fell into a hole of dark feelings and wanted to escape. But where to?

So I decided to take action and tackle the next project taking the lesson to never ever again being so slack about conveying information on pricing.

An hour later I feel all strong again, having overcome my own foolishness and slackness, taking the lesson learnt with me to get up and draw up my day´s list with new tasks to accomplish.

My today´s results in success: Success is not confined to earning money. It is every day´s action, it is lessons learnt from your own action, it is taking responsibility for what turned out a downer and see your own part in why it happened and earn the insight what to do differently next time.

Have a lovely day!!

All the best, Sabine

P.S.: This is my first BLOG ever on the internet.

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RoopeKiuttu Premium
Awesome thoughts Sabine! Thanks for sharing!
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Birki Premium
;-) I am sitting over choosing my first niche and followed your idea to use violin as a niche. Exciting ... beginning to build my homepage today ...
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LouiseBT Premium
Hi Sabine

Congratulations on your first blog - this is indeed a measure of success! It's not always easy to "put ourselves out there".

I was in sales for a long time, and had similar experiences to you, SO frustrating! Try not to beat yourself up. Can you not speak with the manufacturer and request a share of the sale - or negotiate a "make-good" on the next sale perhaps? It may even strengthen your relationship with the manufacturer and help with the future business. I found in sales that relationships were the crux of everything and when I showed vulnerability, it often helped (just not something to share with competitors though). I wish you all the best with this.

Blessings
Louise
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Birki Premium
Hi there, many thanks, yes, talking is always the right approach. I spoke with him but thats over, not to worry, more to come. Only if sth bites and hurts, you will remember ;-) Have a lovely day, Sabine
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LouiseBT Premium
Great attitude Sabine - it is a case of swings and roundabouts, what we may lose today will be our gain tomorrow if we play it the right way.
Blessings
Louise
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AlexEvans Premium
Congratulations on writing your first post, Sabrine, keep going, don't stop.

Success can be whatever we decide to make it, money is one aspect, the intangible things that we create can be the things that bring the real value into our lives.

Our invisible fortunes are worth way more than any bank balance.

Best wishes for a creative journey Sabrine, success definitely builds on success and the cool thing is that we can be the architects of our success.

Alex
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SnazzyIT Premium
So true thank you for sharing this Sabine, may you have many successes to come :)
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Birki Premium
And you!!
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