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Machen MacDonald: Be willing to succeed

Perhaps the largest separation between the good and the great is simply their willingness to sacrifice in order to succeed; to do whatever it takes. They do what must be done when it needs to be done rather than when it fits their schedule, feels convenient or easy.

In the Common Denominator of Success, Albert E.N. Gray reveals, “Successful people make it a habit of doing the things unsuccessful people are not willing to do.”

Just the willingness to do what must be done can propel you faster than any other accelerant. There seems to be a conduit for favor, getting breaks and even luck through this thing called willingness.



Most “overnight” sustainable success stories did not happen overnight. They spent years of being willing and doing what others would only complain about having to do. They overcame much adversity because they were willing to do so.

It takes courage to overcome adversity and succeed. Courage is simply the willingness to be afraid and act anyway. Have you ever noticed the moment you decide to step into your fear it is exactly when your fear dissipates? If you want to eliminate fear, be willing to step into what you fear.




For many, the biggest hindrance to success is their lack of willingness to get messy, get it wrong, look bad, make a mistake or fail. They want to be perfect the whole way through. Perfection can only come from the willingness to be imperfect.

If you are not willing to learn no one can help you. If you are determined and willing to learn no one can stop you.

We seldom do anything to the best of our ability. We do it to the best of our willingness. Starting and running a business isn’t for everyone, and it’s not what you should do if you are not sure what else to do. It does require a thick skin and the willingness to carry a great deal of stress in its many forms. Most people are not willing to assume the stress an entrepreneur endures. However, to do so is to secure the ticket required to ultimately experience success.

Like American Mythologist, writer and lecturer Joseph Campbell use to convey, “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the life that is waiting for us.”

The dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. Are you willing? Most people are not and have plenty of excuses as to why their life is not one of their choosing.

Bottom line … be willing! Your success awaits.

Make it up, make it fun, and make it happen!

Machen MacDonald is a strategic business coach, bestselling author and speaker with ProBrilliance Leadership Institute in Grass Valley.


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