I read Quora questions/answers regularly and I bookmark a lot of them.

So in the spirit of redistributing and having an easier access to my favorite stories over there, I decided to publish them on a daily basis here.

The following question and answer were the best I glanced over for the day.

I’m publishing this one about 3 days later. I had a couple of rough days recently.

What are the common mistakes people make when trying to become successful?

The following answer is by Hector Quintanilla to this particular question.

“Mario, I’m working hard. Why am I struggling to succeed?” asked Luigi.

“Do you like your job?” said Mario.

“Yes, I like what I do. It’s a good job and pays me well, but I feel stuck, I feel I’m not growing.”

“So, you’re comfortable at your job?”

“Yes, it’s become a routine.”

“What are you waiting for, Luigi?”

Luigi paused thinking for a moment, “What do you mean?”

“Are you waiting for something to happen to get you out of your comfort zone?”

“Well, I’m waiting for my boss to notice that I’m ready for growth.”

“Waiting?” Mario asked, “Do you have a plan? What are you doing to change your circumstances? Or will you continue to blame your boss for your situation?”

“You don’t understand, I’m working hard to get noticed. I’m really trying, Mario!”

Mario paused, shaking his head, “Luigi, listen my friend, success is not an accident. Success happens when we act intentionally. Success is not going to suddenly drop into your life. Success is a result of executing a plan.”

“But, what should I do, Mario?”

“You don’t know what to do because you’re waiting for others to tell you what to do. You don’t know what to do because you’re probably expecting a situation to change your life. You must be intentional. You need a plan.”

“What should I plan for?”

“When was the last time you paused your life to plan your career and your life?”

Luigi sat there silent. Speechless.

Mario continued, “*This is a common mistake people make when trying to become successful. **The*difference between hard work and smart work is lack of planning.”

“Thank you for your advice, Mario. I will make time and take time to think and plan my career.”

“It’s a fantastic investment,” said Mario, “Most people live their lives by instincts — Planning protects our life from BAD decisions!”

The above answer is by Hector Quintanilla to this particular question.


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