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AUDIO: How to Avoid Redneck Success

by Greg Yates | Breakthrough Leadership

You know how the joke starts, right? “You might be successful if…” Frankly, I’m tired of success feeling like a redneck joke. You know, the kind where you’re not sure if you should be offended or just laugh.

Practice Makes Success

Have you ever tried to put down a nice bead of caulk? This is my OWN redneck success story, okay. It looks great except for one little spot so you think, “I can fix that.” By the time you get done “fixing it” you need to call a professional.

I remember trying this in the bathroom of our first home. My father-in-law was a great carpenter and I wanted to impress him. I noticed the perfectly caulked joints in their basement bathroom so I asked him if there was a special tool he used to get those to look so good. He nodded his head. “What does it look like?” I inquired. He promptly smiled and held up his thumb.

Success is a Long Haul

Success is a journey. SHORT-TERM success is probably an accident! Even if you have a thumb, it takes a lot of practice to make your caulk look good.

If you want to be successful, instead of REDNECK, accidental success, you have to ask yourself the following questions.

1. Are you focused on short term gratification or a long-term pattern of success? Success based on short term results will always be temporary.

2. Are you willing to be counterintuitive and patient? Success comes when we do things others aren’t willing to do. Things that seem backwards at times.

Are you willing to:

  • Put your ‘change’ in the bank of human relationships?
  • Give when it seems that everyone is taking?
  • Say “YES” when sometimes it’s easier to say no?
  • Say “NO” when it dilutes your focus from your critical mission?
  • Do the things that others aren’t willing to do?
  • Wait for the right timing instead of rushing to the finish?

Everyone wants success, but few are willing to do what seems counterintuitive in the moment.

3. Do you want to “have” success or do you want to “BE” successful? Being successful isn’t an event that happens. Success is a lifestyle. Success is a mindset. It’s a journey.

Some people seem to “stumble” into success. It’s ok to admit it. We’ve all accidentally been successful at something and wondered what happened. We look really smart and we might even think we are!

Don’t settle for “accidental” success! Being successful is not the result of a “happy accident.”

You can be successful! But you have to be willing to make the investments of time and consistency that lead to success. The things that “MATTER” are never short term.

If you live for short term-success, you’re headed for long-term failure!

Never be satisfied with redneck success.

Add your comments to the conversation: Have you committed to building a lifetime of success? Or, are you settling for having short term results? Post your reply below.

About Greg

Greg Yates has been a Chicago area businessman for over 30 years. He’s the author of the book, "Broken - How Being Broken Unlocked The Greatest Success of My Life". He has simultaneously owned 14 different businesses in a variety of industries; including real estate, manufacturing, payroll, and technology. Greg has also been an investor and a board member. He attended Olivet Nazarene University. He has a passion for flying. He’s had a pilot’s license for over 30 years and owned a variety of airplanes. Greg and his wife Vicki have been married over 37 years. They have a son, a daughter and seven grandchildren.

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