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Wednesday, 11 January 2012

The Art of Success

The Art of Succeeding is a beautiful thing.  It is as elegant as an equation in mathematics like Euler's identity; that is, e^(i*pi) +1 = 0. The way it is proven is also something to marvel at too, since it comes directly out of complex analysis. The ‘Art’ is as admirable as the fine literary piece ‘A Thing of Beauty is a Joy Forever’ by John Keats,
  
A thing of beauty is a joy forever:

Its loveliness increases; it will never
Pass into nothingness; but still will keep
A bower quiet for us, and a sleep
Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing.
Therefore, on every morrow, are we wreathing
A flowery band to bind us to the earth,
Spite of despondence, of the inhuman dearth
Of noble natures, of the gloomy days,
Of all the unhealthy and o'er-darkened ways
Made for our searching: yes, in spite of all,
Some shape of beauty moves away the pall
From our dark spirits. Such the sun, the moon,
Trees old, and young, sprouting a shady boon
For simple sheep; and such are daffodils
With the green world they live in; and clear rills
That for themselves a cooling covert make
'Gainst the hot season; the mid-forest brake,
Rich with a sprinkling of fair musk-rose blooms:
And such too is the grandeur of the dooms
We have imagined for the mighty dead;
All lovely tales that we have heard or read:
An endless fountain of immortal drink,
Pouring unto us from the heaven's brink.
(An Extract)
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A proud Aubyn Green (right), is conferred with the Bachelor of Science degree during the institution's August 2011 Commencement Exercises from Interim President of Northern Caribbean University, Dr. Daniel Fider (left). Green studied at the university’s Montego Bay Campus and earned a 3.99 GPA to graduate as the university’s top scholar
So too is it comparable to Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, for the art of success lays itself bare to the persistent and perceptive mind. To taste the honey of success you must have a clear vision of your goal: know exactly what it is that you hope to achieve. Next, learn fully what has been attempted and achieved before. Study the anatomy of your outcomes or results in relation to the actions used to produce them. Once you know exactly which actions cause specific effects, then you can now determine what needs to be done to arrive at the results you want.
The ‘Art’ now requires more precision or as Keats may put it,
Nor do we merely feel these essences
For one short hour; no, even as the trees
That whisper round a temple become soon
Dear as the temple's self, so does the moon,
The passion poesy, glories infinite,
Haunt us till they become a cheering light
Unto our souls, and bound to us so fast
That, whether there be shine or gloom o'ercast,
They always must be with us, or we die.

Therefore, 'tis with full happiness that I
Will trace the story of Endymion.
The very music of the name has gone
Into my being, and each pleasant scene
Is growing fresh before me as the green
Of our own valleys: so I will begin
Now while I cannot hear the city's din;
Now while the early budders are just new,
And run in mazes of the youngest hue
About old forests; while the willow trails
Its delicate amber; and the dairy pails
Bring home increase of milk. And, as the year
Grows lush in juicy stalks, I'll smoothly steer
My little boat, for many quiet hours,
With streams that deepen freshly into bowers.
Many and many a verse I hope to write,
Before the daisies, vermeil rimmed and white,
Hide in deep herbage; and ere yet the bees
Hum about globes of clover and sweet peas,
I must be near the middle of my story.
(Second extract from Keats’ poem)

Now discover the elements and structure of the ‘mind’ that shaped your results.   Inspect the strategies or the absence of them that moulded the outcomes. Then calculate what needs to be done per minute, per hour, per day, per week, per month, per year.  Script the things by name that you will do along the way during the minutes, hours, days, and weeks to come. Squirrel away ‘packets of nuts’ long before they are needed. It is this staying ahead of the curve, creating products and services for the future that guarantees success. Avoid playing catch up; it’s a recipe for undue stress, last minute actions, and inevitable blunders and mistakes. Nonetheless, be alive to tactical shifts, moments of insight, and innovations.     
Plot the bar graphs of the success results you expect long before they are achieved. Do this for years to come (at least five years).
The ultimate element in the ‘Art of Success’ is a joyful commitment to the plans. Hard work, creativity, and high levels of motivation must be saturated with pure pleasure. Yes, a thing of beauty is a joy forever, for Keats’ writes:
Nor do we merely feel these essences
For one short hour; no, even as the trees
That whisper round a temple become soon
Dear as the temple's self, so does the moon,
The passion poesy, glories infinite,
Haunt us till they become a cheering light
Unto our souls, and bound to us so fast
That, whether there be shine or gloom o'ercast,
They always must be with us, or we die.

Therefore, 'tis with full happiness that I
Will trace the story of Endymion.
The very music of the name has gone
Into my being, and each pleasant scene
Is growing fresh before me as the green
Of our own valleys: so I will begin
Now while I cannot hear the city's din;
Now while the early budders are just new,
And run in mazes of the youngest hue
About old forests; while the willow trails
Its delicate amber; and the dairy pails
Bring home increase of milk. And, as the year
Grows lush in juicy stalks, I'll smoothly steer
My little boat, for many quiet hours,
With streams that deepen freshly into bowers.
Many and many a verse I hope to write,
Before the daisies, vermeil rimmed and white,
Hide in deep herbage; and ere yet the bees
Hum about globes of clover and sweet peas,
I must be near the middle of my story.
O may no wintry season, bare and hoary,
See it half finished: but let Autumn bold,
With universal tinge of sober gold,
Be all about me when I make an end!
And now at once, adventuresome, I send
My herald thought into a wilderness:
There let its trumpet blow, and quickly dress
My uncertain path with green, that I may speed
Easily onward, thorough flowers and weed.

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