Service of Secrets to Success

June 1st, 2015

Categories: Compassion, Consideration, Success, Work

I read an article in which women were asked to share their secrets to success in a particular industry. Here are just a few tips to illustrate the point:

  • “The key to success is to determine exactly what success means to you—set your own goals and accomplish these by working hard, dedicating your time and energy, while maintaining pride and confidence in what you do—even when it may not always go the way you planned.”
  • “Patience and tenacity are essential to attaining any goal in life. It’s also important to put yourself in situations where opportunities will present themselves.”
  • “Find what you are truly passionate about and then pursue it wholeheartedly, because a life’s work that brings you joy will strengthen you throughout a long career.”
  • “It’s no secret that women have to work hard and smart every day if they want to be successful!”
  • “Intuition cannot be overrated.”

Do you agree these quotes apply equally to men and women and to most industries? Do you think this approach is passé?Can you guess the industry?  For the answer keep an eye on the comments. When someone guesses right, I’ll confirm. If nobody does, I’ll disclose it there.

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8 Responses to “Service of Secrets to Success”

  1. Lucrezia Said:

    1=Y 2=N 3 Could apply to just about every endeavor in all fields.

  2. Jeanne Byington Said:


    I think that all the secrets to success in this list could apply to men or women and that the respondents could be involved in any number of industries.

  3. jpm Said:

    For some reason, I’m not quite sure why, these remind me of a lady I once knew who made her living churning out daily horoscopes for one of the New York tabloids.

    She was a little mouse of a thing, married to the president of a small brokerage house. He was “All-American Boy” type, charming, handsome and confident. She was like Vuillard’s sister, she just faded into the wall paper.

    But, could she write! And what an imagination! She got a dollar a word for about a hundred words a day, and the dollar was worth something then. She hated the job and the pressure of having always to stay ahead of the calendar.

  4. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Too bad I’m not a psychiatrist or interpreter of Rorschach tests as I’m always interested to read what triggers responses to my posts and would be curious for specialists to share their impressions.

    Your response is straightforward: It’s a polite way of saying “what a lot of bunk!” As I commented to Lucrezia, I came to a similar conclusion.

    I respect the reporter and her publication. I guess with this piece she, like your mousey friend, was earning a living.

    By the way: I LOVE to read my horoscope!

  5. Donna Boyle Schwartz Said:

    Donna wrote on Facebook: Sounds like sales to me…but selling what? No clue!

  6. Jeanne Byington Said:


    Precisely! Stay tuned….I’ll post the “what” tomorrow in comments.

  7. Jeanne Byington Said:

    The answer to “Can you guess the industry?” is ART.

    However, I thought that the secrets to success could apply to most industries and most of the advice to men as well as women.

  8. Donna Boyle Schwartz Said:

    Donna wrote on Facebook: Wow–not so esoteric a field after all!

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