Success and Wealth is Not an Accident

by Dan Kennedy | July 10, 2011

Quite a few years ago, I got to know the author of that book, Success Is Not An Accident, Dr. John Kappas. John is now deceased. He was married to actress Florence Henderson, who I’ve worked with on four different infomercials.
Anyway, I complimented him on the title, because it is one of those great ones you can profit by seeing on your bookshelf even if you never crack the cover.

Like: The Magic Of Thinking Big. Most people think way too small.

Like: Possibility Thinking. Most people think of ways things can’t be done.

Well, a whole lot of people persist in thinking success is an accident. An accident of birth or genetics or freak encounter or luck.

Most who think this must, in order to live with their own lack of achievement. To admit that success and wealth is both a methodical process and the outcome of a process virtually anyone can use would be to admit they failed themselves. It is more palatable to say life failed me than to say I failed me, or to say I’m unlucky rather than to say I’m lazy or weak or stupid. More comforting but obviously not helpful.

Every successful entrepreneur I know shares several chief frustrations. One is time; not enough time to do what he needs or wants to do, Time Vampires, waste, and so on. Another is a pack of family members who think he’s so much more successful than they are by unfair accident, who resent him, who have no appreciation for his victories, who mooch off of him, who guilt him. Every successful entrepreneur has this in the family.

Success and wealth is very, very, very, very, very, very rarely accident. Even the incredibly annoying, apparently vacuous Paris Hilton is not a success by accident.

Through her own efforts and those of hired skilled publicists, she leveraged being rich and striking in appearance to being famous for being rich and striking in appearance and famous into actual gigs and entrepreneurial activities that actually make actual profits.

That didn’t happen by random lightning bolt. It happened by plan and work.

People often complain about her fame and financial gains, noting she has no talent. But there’s a terrific object lesson there…you don’t need talent.

Personally, I think I have very little if any talent. But I do have some very finely honed skills.

These days I mostly see, work with, and hang out with very successful people. But still, occasionally, in the Kennedy ranks, there are those who struggle.

As an observer, it’s not hard to see why they struggle. Success and Wealth is attracted by being deserved, by practicing certain behaviors.

These people do not practice those behaviors. So success shuns them. You see, failure’s no accident either.

Dan S. Kennedy is the provocative, truth-telling author of thirteen business books; a serial, multi-millionaire entrepreneur; trusted marketing advisor, consultant and coach to hundreds of private clients running businesses from $1-million to $1-billion in size; and he influences well over 1-million independent business owners annually through his newsletters, tele-coaching programs, local Chapters and Kennedy Study Groups meeting in over 100 cities.


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