Success is a choice

Rick Pitino is one of the most successful basketball coaches of our time. He is the only coach to take three different schools to the NCAA Final Four and the only one to lead two schools to win the NCAA championship. In between coaching college teams he has had two stints in the NBA. He knows a thing or two about winning and success.

Several years ago he wrote Success Is a Choice: Ten Steps to Overachieving in Business and Life. In the book he wrote

What’s true on the basketball court is true in business and in life. You want to succeed? Okay, then succeed. Deserve it. How? Outwork everybody in sight. Sweat the small stuff. Sweat the big stuff. Go the extra mile. But whatever it takes, put your heart and soul into everything you do. Leave it all out on the court…Success is not a lucky break. It is not a divine right. It is not an accident of birth. Success is a choice.

There is no such thing as an overnight success. When people say that about someone they don’t understand what went into that person’s success. They don’t know about the late nights they spent learning more about how to be the best at what they do. They don’t know about the years successful people spent doing menial jobs as they worked their way to more successful roles. They don’t understand how many times successful people were told that they would never rise to the top of their profession. They certainly don’t understand the heart and determination of successful people who refused to let success pass them by.

Truly successful people work harder than anyone else to get to where they are. Many people want to enjoy the benefits that come with success, but they aren’t willing to put in the work to deserve success. Once one achieves a measure of success, a successful person does not begin to coast believing that somehow now success is their right. No, they realize that every day they have to choose to be successful at what they do. It is only when you make every day a success that you will enjoy a successful life.

Every choice has consequences. Each day you will choose how you will live that day. You can choose to do things that will make your life more successful or you can choose to drift through life waiting for success to magically appear in your life. I encourage you to choose to make each day a success because success is a choice.

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