The 7 C’s of Success

Today’s lesson in the Empowering Young Entrepreneurs Series comes from Brian Tracy, one of the world’s leading authorities on personal and business success.

Brian studied top achievers and peak performers for more than 35 years.  He concluded that these men and women are unique and have, in most cases, mastered what he calls the Seven C’s of Success.

Those seven C words are:

Clarity – Eighty percent of success comes from being clear on who you are, what you believe in and what you don’t.

Competence – You can’t climb to the next rung on the ladder until you are excellent at what you do now.

Constraints – Eighty percent of all obstacles to success come from within. Find out what is constraining you or your company and deal with it.

Concentration – The ability to focus on one thing single-mindedly and see it through until it’s done takes more character than anything else.

Creativity – Flood your life with ideas from many sources. Creativity needs to be exercised like a muscle, if you don’t use it you’ll lose it.

Courage – Most in demand and least in supply, courage is the willingness to do the things you know are right.

Continuous learning – Read, at the very least, one book a week on business to keep you miles ahead of the competition. Organize your time so you spend 30 minutes a day exploring e-mail, sending messages, going through websites, because like exercise, it’s the only way you can keep on top of technology. If you get away from it, you’ll lose your edge.

How many of these C words fit you?  How many do you still need to develop?



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Alan Miles - August 13, 2012

Great list Julia. I need to develop all of them, and always will. Paraphrasing Tom Peters, excellence isn’t a destination, but a state of mind. If you think you’ve arrived at a state of excellence, you probably haven’t.
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    Julia - August 13, 2012

    It is a great list. And Tink, in another comment added another word, Compassion! It is interesting to consider what Tom Peters said. Seems to me the difference between feeling confident and thinking you reached a state of excellence is ego. Thank you for your continued support of this blog Alan. Your contributions to the conversation are a welcome enhancement.

Tink - August 13, 2012

Brian Tracy continues to offer dynamic and powerful advice with his seven C words.
Thank you for sharing them on this exceptional site!

Julia, may I add an 8th – COMPASSION. As we travel through the 7 C’s of Life, we inevitably stumble, we fall, we become discouraged and wonder if we have what it takes to carry on. By adding Compassion toward Self into this equation, it allows us to rediscover our Courage, and Creatively move through our Constraints which, in turn, supports our ability to Concentrate anew leading us through a portal into Clarity. How often have we asked ourselves, “Why didn’t I think of this or see it before?” The result is heightened Competence. And, once we feel Competent our Confidence Soars which motivates us to find out more – thus, Continuous Learning…and the Circle begins again.

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    Julia - August 13, 2012

    Compassion is a perfect word for this list. I love that you connected all the words together in a way that makes each one a stepping stone to the next. I think I would add communication and consistency as well. Thank you for taking the ride with me Tink.

Amy Putkonen - August 13, 2012

Hi Julia,

How many of these fit me depend on the moment! lol… I certainly do try to keep these in mind as much as possible. Clarity and concentration are two that I am especially aware of as these are two characteristics that I am looking to develop further right now! Thanks for food for thought!
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    Julia - August 13, 2012

    Thank you for your comment Amy. I think clarity is something most of us strive for most of the time. As clear as I think I am, someone always challenges me to find more. Concentration is a big one for me too, especially when it’s 111 degrees for several days in a row.

Tawnee - August 13, 2012

Great list. I think its important to remember these. I think we all have areas we are fine and areas where we can improve. Thanks for the list. Help to clarify and refocus.
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    Julia - August 14, 2012

    Thank you for your comment Tawnee. I think we go back and forth where we are strong in one area and not so strong in another and that those change from time to time. Its always good to have a reminder to help us, as you point out, to clarify and refocus.

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