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Every truly successful person has 3 traits in common: A positive attitude, a passion for what they do, and a drive for social responsibility.
A positive attitude comes from within everyone’s self, and is not affected by what is around them, but by how they respond to what is around. A passion for what one does, comes from within everyone’s self, and it is directly related with how someone feels towards something.
Guess where a drive for social responsibility comes from. That’s right! From within everyone’s self. Social responsibility is directly related to giving and how that makes a person feel.
But why does every truly successful person have these 3 traits in common?
To my understanding there are different roads, and you are welcome to apply the one that best suits you.
Most of professional athletes find their true passion at an early age. Once they have that true passion they embrace it with a positive attitude. Once they achieve success in their field, they turn to help for causes. Roberto Clemente was probably the most humanitarian athlete the world has ever seen. He loved the game, was one of the best of his times at it, and he loved people. So much that MLB has a yearly award called “Roberto Clemente Award” that is given to the player who “best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual’s contribution to his team”. (Wikipedia).
Most business people find themselves first developing a strong personality with a positive attitude, and although they have big goals in life, their true passion comes at a later age (generally), and with this a drive for social responsibility. When I was in Boston, I had the opportunity to see Bill Gates’ commencement speech at Harvard University, and I clearly remember that I was expecting a speech about computers and entrepreneurship, but all he talked about was social responsibility. I was moved… Bill Gates mentioned that he was going from an event to present version 13 of a piece of software, and everyone was jumping and excited about this release. And after that he went on to a panel to discuss ways to save millions of lives and everyone was bored to death. He then went on to saying: “I love getting people excited about software – but why can’t we generate even more excitement for saving lives?” He was talking about curing all of these diseases, and all I could think of was… “This guy is in a whole other league”. Well he is, and he is now on a quest to find the cure for malaria. My thoughts are, he will find it.
There is another set of people who are motivated through personal relation to problems. Bret Michaels, yes! The rock star impressed everyone when he won The Celebrity Apprentice and proved he was not only a rock star but also a businessman. Born diabetic, taking four shots a day to keep his sugar levels balanced, and fighting for a cause. He cooperated with the American Diabetes Association that prevents, treats, and is looking to find a cure for Diabetes. Baseball player Derrek Lee created Project 3000 to try to find a cure for Leber’s Congenital Amaurosis, a rare vision disorder that has affected his 4 year-old daughter, who is blind in one eye.
I could go on and on with examples of people who are willing to do more than what is expected of them, like Bono calling himself “the worst scourge on God’s green Earth: a rock star with a cause”, trying to erase poverty from earth.
I will wrap this up with two examples from truly successful people that hopefully will clarify everything I have written today.
President Barack Obama was a Community Organizer in Chicago, and decided to achieve greatness and become President of the United States simply because he believed that the more power he had, the more people he could help. Donald Trump has said in his books something that we already know, but sometimes forget to do. The more we give, the more we get in return.
To be TRULY successful, one must find his / her passion, stay positive, and give back, and that will give that person the perfect balance needed in life. Giving is self-rewarding, and the more you achieve, the more you can help.
Be an example, make a difference.
Special mention to Tedi, Monterrey based association dedicated to forming and educating people with Down Syndrome.
web page: http://www.tedi.org.mx twitter: @tedi_sind_down