3 success factors- Sanity, ingenuity and audacity


When we hear something from opinion leaders and reputed personalities, impact is multiplied several times. John C Maxwell is a famous personality coach and author who comes up with innovative ways to sum up key success factors and to bring the best out of personalities. I have read few of his books and my favourite happens to be ‘Everyone communicates, few connect’. Connection with the audience is more important than the power of words and this is true in all spheres of life. A well connected shot leads to a goal in football/ hockey or a home-run in Baseball, or a boundary in cricket or a point in Lawn tennis/ badminton. Innovation as one of success factors is one such perfect shot which needs practice, perseverance, creativity and multiple other disciplines to master. Connection at the right time is important and even more important is to be aware of the facilitators of the right connection leading to innovation.

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Sanity is one of the key driving factors behind innovations. Getting excited or getting carried away have been the main reasons of Start-up failures. Most start-ups fail and innovations crumble mid-way because of the dilution in sanity of the entrepreneur/ innovator. Sanity helps in retaining focus and focus is the bridge between success and failure. That reminds me of a famous quote ascribed to Lord Buddha: ‘Mind is everything. What you think you become’.

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Ingenuity by far seems to be the most important differentiator of innovators from rest of the crowd. Originality of ideas, creativity and resourcefulness sum up the definition of the word ‘ingenuity’. Are these not the common traits of a true entrepreneur? Creativity lifts a person to a different plane which helps in innovation and the evolution process of an entrepreneur. One can never solve a problem satisfactorily staying on the same level of consciousness that created it. Integrity is one of the key success factors that comes bundled up with ingenuity and must be possessed by one and all. Integrity is regarded as most innovators as key ingredient of success but should be common trait in everyone. It is due to this reason integrity doesn’t find a separate heading in this article. Any recipe doesn’t have heat or fire as an ingredient as it is assumed that we are all aware that cooking will require heat in some form. Same is the case with integrity in determining success.

Related article- Integrity- An irreplaceable success factor

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The first quality needed to be successful in life according to many is audacity.

“When you’re bold, some people will think you’re crazy but it’s more insane to be timid” (Constance Chuks Friday)

He/she who has the courage succeeds in surmounting all obstacles in life. If we are at point ‘A’ and the ultimate destination is point ‘B’, it’s quite obvious that there are infinite ways to reach point ‘B’. Success factors only help the process of finding the shortest legitimate route. A spark of creativity and positivity are wonderful facilitators while it would be the audacity and perseverance which mark the ultimate difference between a brilliant and an ordinary entrepreneur. There is no rigid right or wrong path and how someone embeds these success factors in his/her personality is what makes the real difference.

I leave you with this quote from Martin Luther King Jr. to reflect upon the point that while we need to help ourselves in finding our way to success, we generally prefer to sit on shoulders of many successful giants of innovation, for inspiration, experience and guidance. In this process, we sometimes lose our originality and ingenuity and end up as a failure. Therefore, an entrepreneur has to guard against it and use the past success stories as inspiration for charting out his own entrepreneurial pathway.

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