What is success? Does it mean you have $1 million in the bank? Are you famous? Can you travel the world at the drop of a hat? Are you solving real problems in the world? What is it that successful leaders do that is so different from everyone else?
These questions and more are asked by Leadership and Success expert, Dr. Steve Broe, in his upcoming book, Leading the Way Up Mt. Olympus to be released in early 2015.
Dr. Broe set out to explore what it is exactly that leaders do to succeed and how leaders handle setbacks and failures. In this book, Dr. Broe interviewed more than 30 well-known leaders across varied fields of study to find out the real secret behind their success. He uncovered their mindset, their problem solving strategies, how they redefined their own experiences and reframed their own thoughts about those experiences to transform setbacks and failures into springboards for future success. You can learn from their experiences how to change your own thinking to create more success in your life.
Former professional basketball player turned entrepreneur Michael Jordan once said, “I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life and that is why I succeed.” Most would recognize his name and consider him a success, but he says failure was the biggest reason for his success.
The late pro football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “The price of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and the determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied the best of ourselves to the task at hand.” Lombardi’s career, his coaching, and his personal success are still well remembered in the sports world almost 45 years after his death. His thinking was that hard work was the key to success.
Bill Gates warned people about the dangers of success. He said, “Success is a lousy teacher. It seduces smart people into thinking they can’t lose.”
Former President of the United States, Calvin Coolidge, said, “Nothing in the world will take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than the unsuccessful person 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. The slogan ‘press on’ has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race.”
But, what about regular, everyday people? Is success only about fame or money?
In his new book, Dr. Broe interviewed experts at the top of their field: CEOs, entrepreneurs, dreamers and thinkers. He wanted to know, What other kinds of success might be out there?
After carefully listening to the stories and life experiences of more than 30 successful leaders, it was clear that success is not just about money or fame. He discovered, three distinct success themes that appeared over and over again.
- Success is the attainment of a goal.
- Success is the opportunity to help other people.
- Success is the expansion of one’s skill, the ability to do something that could not be done before.
What are some of the things that Dr. Broe learned about success? They aren’t what you’d expect.
- Success is a journey, not a destination.
- Successful people help other people.
- Success is not just about money in the bank.
- Without some form of financial achievement, success is arbitrary.
The combination of reading the personal stories of successful thought and business leaders, following along with an insider view of what they were thinking and feeling as they overcame setbacks, obstacles and failures on the road to “success,” along with Dr. Broe’s tracing of the theme and essence of what we call “success” make this a powerful new offering in the field of leadership studies.
Leading the Way Up Mt. Olympus can help us understand, not only what success is, but how to use the style and thought process of successful leaders to prime and springboard our own success.
Dr. Broe has previously released two other books about leadership. In 2008, Dr. Broe explored the career interests of “Troops to Teachers” in a study looking at career transition. Then, in 2012, Dr. Broe published the best selling Leaders in Transition, which answers the question, “How do people change careers and become a leader?” All of his books are available in print and Kindle formats.
To learn more about Dr. Steve Broe visit his website at: http://www.stevebroe.com.