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Avoiding The Illusion of Success

The above picture clearly defines the “Means to an End”.

 

Jan 11, 2016


If the bridge is your end goal you are either completely ignorant of its purpose, or worse, you have built something redundant from the start, as for many good reasons, you will find there is eventually – no need of use!

People (in general) hate facing the future – especially most hate dealing with problems or issues that require long term solutions. How often in a boardroom have I heard the Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, the GM, the CFO, the CIO etc., say when someone points out an arising issue or problem, “We’ll cross that bridge when we come to it”, just to shut-up the informer or questioner.

Redundant bridges are everywhere with people standing on them with no where to go! Why? They have built a bridge to no-where because they have lost the plot of the journey! In many cases bridges are not required and simply become monuments to be admired or diversions and costs to be condemned. Bridges get built when not needed and not built when they should be because that’s what the “boss” said would be crossed “One Day, when they come to it”, hoping of course they will never come to it and the problem or issue will just go away.

Everyone talks as if crossing the bridge is the goal. The bridge is not the problem nor the goal, but it sure can become one! The problem is the river, harbour, chasm, gulf, valley, great gap or rift that may hinder and stop the journey being completed successfully. Of course, once you have crossed the river or the harbour you need no further use of the bridge. It is now redundant for you (except of course for others who may be following you), and you rejoice in the momentous occasion of crossing that great gulf, river or rift – not the bridge – although the bridge was useful to you and saved a lot of time and difficulty had it not been there.

These gaps, chasms and rifts can be found in every business and the bridges for many never get built, or the ones that are started get sabotaged and/or put off into the future due to very poor future insight or failing current vision and understanding of the present world conditions, financially, socially and governmentally etc. These gaps, chasms and rifts etc., are found in relationships, partnerships, between collaborating departments, executives and co-workers etc. They are found in all strata’s of society, community, religion, family, all levels of government, and between countries and race. Do not focus on the means! Focus on the goal! The purpose is lost when you focus on the means to the end, instead of the end itself.

In a nutshell:
Goal –  To fulfil the journey negotiate the crossing!
In some cases you may need to build a Bridge, use a Ferry, dig a Tunnel, or start a Fire.
Means –  Build it! Get over it! Forget about it! It is not a monument of success. It is just a means to an end!
Goal –  Complete the journey!
John R Fergusson

Avoiding “The Illusion of Success”

 

Jan 6, 2016

“Help others believe they are successful. Belief is more powerful than reality!”

Failure and success are companions on the same journey. Show people the pathway of failure they must avoid and most will gladly go down it with the goal to prove it’s not true. Show the same people the pathway of success and most will gladly avoid the pain it causes which is why it is so easy to fail to learn the hard way.

Failure and success are choices, often made at the beginning of the journey. Both can be difficult to recognise at the beginning.

Most of us measure success or failure by the end result based on our expectations. This form of measure is erroneous as it is arbitrary and circumstantial. For example, your success could simply be due to the failure of everyone else, which would be purely circumstantial. We only have a first place “winner” in a race or competition, because all other competitors failed. If they never failed all would be equally first and winners.

Instead of looking at how one avoids failure, we should be looking at how one avoids success, then and only then, will we be able to determine what, or who, is missing in our formula and what, or who, should be expunged from our formula in order to ensure success.

Most people try to avoid failure and due to this phenomenon of avoiding failure being foremost in mind, it guarantees their failure.
Because avoiding success in your mind is not an option, spending your time thinking about avoiding it will guarantee your success – you won’t be able to avoid it!
However, if your success is due to the failures of others in the race, you are not successful at all – it is nothing more than an illusion, and nothing sets businesses up for failure faster than that.

  • The process of failure is discovery of failure and preventing it reaching its goals.

Everyone has been successful at failure, so what’s the big deal about success?

  • The weakness of success is its achievement.
  • The strength of success is its journey.

—— Don’t set goals where the paradigms are controlled by others.
Goals that are set where you control the paradigms will always be met. However, no controls set = no goals met!
—— Many businesses have already lost or had their future stolen. Discover the thieves in your business – they are in your present unknown!

Present success is always based on past decisions. Great future success is based on today’s great decisions and carefully planned controls.
Prevention is cheaper than cure, consulting costs less than ignorance or embarrassment.

Learning by your mistakes is a very slow pathway to establishing and growing your business. There are many more “shortcuts” to business failure than there ever will be to business success. But, consulting can help straighten out the journey and get rid of curves, dead-ends and the odd time wasting cul-de-sac and of course the bridges you’ll use, but never cross.
John R Fergusson
http://bacupthefuture.com.au/

Call me: +61 (0)2 9898 0681

B.A.C.U.P Consultancy
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Blog Eight

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I’ve been given all the keys to success – now I’ve just gotta` find the bl*s^# doors!

In consulting with many businesses and companies over the years, one of the major dilemmas executives have thrown at me is that they have more keys to success than they can find doors to use them on. In other words they are sick and tired of going to seminars, collaborative conferences, conventions and the like to be given more “Keys to Business Success”! One Exec told me “I have been given all the keys to success but nobody can tell me what doors they are for, or where to find them! Do you know?” On another occasion a fellow colleague confided to me “I’ve been given all the secret keys to success but where the doors are is still a secret! Can you help me?” Once I met a colleague at the airport who had to wait at the baggage carousel just to collect his briefcase! Why? I asked! He said, “I got given so many keys to success at the conference they wouldn’t let me take my briefcase into the cabin because of its weight!” “Why do you need so many keys?” I asked. He said, “I don’t know – they just tell me I do – I’ve been collecting them for years and I’m still trying to be successful!” “I will help you! First you need to get rid of all your secret keys to success. There are only two keys, and they are master keys! I can’t tell you what they are yet because I need to demonstrate and teach you how to use them and explain to you what doors they are each for!” Call me – make an appointment with my office. Or send an email to: reception@bacupthefuture.com.au ©John R Fergusson

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Blog Seven

Your business is people. Your success will be in employing specifically the right people and linking them with extremely insightful good and free thinking people with clear future vision, mission integrity and strong relationship values with the people in the cause of business for the specific wellbeing of all. Only then will you have people who are prepared to give their opinion and speak their mind, knowing if they are shot down they can return fire, because they are giving their all for their future and yours. If you don’t continuously train and equip your people to succeed in your world of business, they will automatically use the past which will sooner or later wind up your future business! John R Fergusson

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Blog Six

There are over seven (7) billion people in this world! There has never been a better time to be in business than now! The future is extremely bright. The present is the time to strategise, plan and make decisions. The past is not the way forward. You cannot learn from the past in a rapidly changing world. Evidence based learning is based in forensic feudalism with the intention of locking people into past mindsets. The world belongs to everyone, to every free thinker – not to those who think they rule over you in the prison of their own tiny mind! John R Fergusson

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Blog Five

Your web cyber-world is your parallel world – is this world what you imagine, or is it truly you? You are not who you think you are, but what you think you are! Many people think of their business in fiction because they cannot handle non-fiction! Who is on your board, who are your advisors? Have you surrounded yourself with “Yes-men” i.e. people who like to agree with you for commission, perks and rewards sake? Who are your mentors? Who are your priers – protectors? John R Fergusson

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Blog Four

Technology can help you do “much more” – yourself! In fact it enables you to work 24/7 all around the world! You might even become a blogged down googling twittering texting picturing tube of you taking up my space when showing your face in my book playing tag with yourself just because you believe the ads that you’re promoting yourself and your business! Are you really in control of your cyber-world? John R Fergusson

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Blog Three

What initially brings great joy can eventually become the “hangman’s noose” of stress, or drudgery and despair. Do you know how to keep the rope spinning and all the balls in the air without doing it all yourself? John R Fergusson

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Blog Two

Businesses & Companies are full of “team players” lost in the team. Are you a lost one? Perhaps a player taken for granted? A team player is a person with an opinion and capable of making decisions that impact the company’s leading edge and goodwill! Silent team players send many businesses inadvertently into bankruptcy, mainly because the boss can’t handle remedial change brought on by a powerful team they’d rather silence or fire, than let them win the race and receive the credit or, lets the team walk all over himself/herself because they can’t recognise self-interest, neither in themselves, nor in the team and so can’t tell when they are being conned or misled! John R Fergusson

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