Success is an Iceberg

People sometimes think that success does not take hard work and persistence and speaking from experience it takes much more than that.

For example, take a look at the structure of an Iceberg that floats in the water. Only a small fraction of an iceberg is visible above the water line, whereas the larger part of an iceberg is hidden beneath the water. Everyone of us can see the outcome of a person’s actions and most of their accomplishments, whereas the efforts that were necessary to achieve such an outcome remain hidden and unnoticed. The majority of people tend to only see the great outcome that a successful person has achieved throughout their lives. These achievements blind us so that we often are not even aware of the huge efforts that were necessary to make these accomplishments possible.

The “Iceberg Theory of Success” helps us to realize that every famous or extraordinary successful person had to invest a lot of effort and work until this person achieved his/her goals. Having this in mind we can avoid having too high expectations towards an outcome that we want to achieve, but it also allows us to be more persistent, as we can clarify ourselves that we have to do “whatever it takes” to succeed. With that said, the next time you see a famous person or any other successful person you should try to direct your focus to the efforts that this person had to make in order to achieve his/her accomplishments. If you are willing to take risks, focus, create goals, be persistent, fail and get yourself back up, take massive action, sacrifice every day, build good habits and most of all – work hard. You will be successful!

Have a great week!



2 thoughts on “Success is an Iceberg

  1. I would love to use the success iceberg image in a lesson I’m writing for middle school students across the country! The lesson is about what is hidden in our figurative icebergs, focusing on character-building and success in general. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration!

  2. Well said! Success is built on “sweat equity” . It’s about working hard, taking risk and staying focused when nobody else is watching. Love the post.

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