The Common Denominator of Success

Hi guys,

There is a speech titled “The Common Denominator of Success” by Albert E.N Gray that I like to use with my 8th grade class, because the speech talks about how our habits can help us be successful, since successful people usually do what “failures” don’t do, even if they don’t want to, which means, they have good habits.

To give you a clear idea of what the speech is about, I want to share some excerpts from it here:

“By doing things you don’t like to do, you can accomplish the things you want to accomplish. Successful men are influenced by the desire for pleasing results. Failures are influenced by the desire for pleasing methods and are inclined to be satisfied with such results as can be obtained by doing things they like to do” 

“If you don’t deliberately form good habits, then unconsciously you will form bad ones. You are the kind of men you are because you have formed the habit of being that kind of men, and the only way you can change it is through habit” 

“Any resolution or decision that you make is simply a promise to yourself, which isn’t worth a tinkers dam unless you have formed the habit of making it and keeping it. And you won’t form the habit of making and keeping it unless at the start you link it with a definite purpose that can be accomplished by keeping it. In other words, any resolution or decision you make today has tone ace again tomorrow, and the next day, and the next, and so on. And it not only has to be ace each day, but it has to beep teach day” 

“Your resolution or decision has a become a habit and you don’t have to make it anymore, at that point you have become master of yourself and master of your likes and dislikes by surrendering to your purpose in life” 

I will like for you think about what being successful means to you, and how the habits you have help you achieve success, or maybe you need to update your habits, it’s never too late to be the best at something.

Ms. Di Muro

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