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Success. Everyone wants it.

Success. Whether it’s success in health, work or family life, everyone wants it. This diagram indicates that success is usually a result of perseverance, focus, determination, and mistakes.

The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines perseverance as continued effort to do or achieve something despite difficulties, failure, or opposition.

Richard Branson is well- known as a successful businessman, and is also known for his sporting achievements, notably the record-breaking Atlantic crossing in Virgin Atlantic Challenger II in 1986, and the first crossing by hot-air balloon of the Atlantic (1987) and Pacific (1991). He was knighted in 1999 for his contribution to entrepreneurship, and in 2009, he landed at No. 261 on Forbes’ “World Billionaires” list with his $2.5 billion in self-made fortune, which includes two private islands. However, Richard Branson is also dyslexic, dropped out of school when he was 16 years old, and started his business career by developing and distributing a free magazine to students.

Our own Dick Smith, known to most Australians as an entrepreneur, adventurer, and businessman, was named an Australian Living Treasure in 1997. However, he was considered hopeless as a child, and having a speech defect, called himself “Dick Miff”. He has said that scouting is the secret to his success; it gave him mateship, taught him organisation and how to motivate people.

I’m reminded of my own image of this diagram: the serene swan sailing gracefully over the water, with its feet working hard beneath the surface to keep it afloat. Or, as Dory would say “Just keep swimming, just keep swimming…..”

  • https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/perseverance
  • www.aahof.com.au. Australian Aviation Hall of Fame.
  • “Dick Smith”. Famous Scouts. Scouts Australia.
  • http://www.biography.com/people/richard-branson-9224520#synopsis
  • https://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/biography