Posted by: David D. Daggett | October 20, 2008

Indicators for Success

Indicators for Success

      What does it take to be successful? There are probably more self-help books written on success than any other topic. We have several shelves of books in our home library on success, and another just on triathlon and Ironman success.

     Cindy with the World Champ

     It seems we all want quick success. We seem to want a blueprint that automatically gets us there. Unfortunately, success in life isn’t quite as pragmatic as we wrote about in Ironman Blueprint. So, what does it take to be successful?

As we learned in Elementary Leadership, there is a developmental, or leadership, framework that has proved predictable and repeatable for developing success. Combining nurture, structure, and latitude under the guidance of authoritative leadership creates winning teams, organizations, and successful individuals.

Following these principles and how we respond to the difficulties and challenges lead to the development of optimism, perseverance, and resilience. These three traits are the most important characteristics for successful individuals. No matter how many ways you define it, it all comes back to these three traits. Virtually every respected author, leader, and coach agrees that these are the building blocks.

Last week after the Hawaii Ironman, Brett Sutton, Chrissie Wellington’s coach wrote an article reflecting on the performance of his athletes. Sutton and his techniques tend to be frequently discussed, and often controversial – but no one can argue with his results. His writing style is a bit odd, referring to himself by different names, and both in the first and third person. His sentences aren’t always grammatically correct, or even complete. But, a careful read of his Ironman reflections, here, clearly reveals all three of our traits. Read, and then reread his article – it is very instructional.

In the coming weeks we will further explore optimism, perseverance, and resilience. Developing these three traits can and will be your most important indicators for success both in triathlon and in life.

Always pursuing success,



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