Success Formula: S = BD+GM+F+C+P

Success is Winning, and everyone loves Winning.

Having been a student and analyst of the subject of Success for over 40 years, I think I have boiled down the formula of what creates Success:


Each of the great thinkers and each successful person has their own personal take on what it takes to achieve success, but these are the 5 essential elements.

Of course, I left out a couple of other important elements like Serendipity, Luck, Sacrifice, Hard Work, and others, but I believe that these “sub elements” are a part of one of these 5 essential ingredients.  For example, if you have a Burning Desire (passion), then you will make the sacrifices and work hard.  Goal Setting includes goal review, and is the roadmap to the destination.  Courage is an interesting one and we don’t hear it mentioned often, but to me, Courage is all about taking action, and stepping up and going outside your comfort zone to make things happen.  Without Courage, thought cannot easily be transformed into Action. And what about luck?  Well, the more persistent you are, the luckier you get.  By never giving up and hanging in there, opportunities will inevitably come your way.

Persistence is my favorite, and I conclude this, my first ever Blog Post with my favorite quote:

“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never–in nothing, great or small, large or petty–never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”   – Winston Churchill


10 thoughts on “Success Formula: S = BD+GM+F+C+P

  1. I forgot to mention…GOAL SETTING! I find this so important in my personal and professional life! I participated in an intimate goal setting group with friends a while back which opened my eyes to so many different opportunities as well as provided a written log of my progress. We all helped to keep each other on track and held one another accountable for our actions or inactions. It really helps to keep me on track with everything in my life: financial, Career/Business, Family, Health, Relationship, Personal Growth & Giving. My wife & I continue to do this and it really helps our relationship grow much more than we had ever expected.

    Here’s a link to free Goal-Setting Documents with some tips on how this all works:
    (Steve is a very good friend of mine and will treat your information with respect and integrity.)

    Thanks again for the blog….sometime it takes reading things your blog to bring out the obvious. I’m now going to start goal setting with my staff.


  2. “Empires of the future are the empires of the mind” – Churchill quote slapped on the front of my work PC. He’s a funny guy with a slew a inspiring and very funny quotes, that Churchill.


  3. Tien,
    Congratulations on your “first-ever” blog post. I like your formula, and its message. I also love the Churchill quote. It’s one of my favorites. In the spirit of “persistence”, here is another personal favorite, from another admired leader, Calvin Coolidge:

    “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful people with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”



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