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Want to achieve lasting success? These are the hidden ingredients that top leaders use to reach the top

Want to achieve lasting success? These are the hidden ingredients that top leaders use to reach the top

Robin Wong

Success is a concept that we all strive for, but it can often feel elusive and hard to define. As a business and life coach, I've worked with many senior executives, NGO founders, leaders, and entrepreneurs who are looking to achieve success in their professional and personal lives. Over the years, I've learned that certain hidden ingredients are essential to achieving lasting success.

In this article, I'll share some of these key ingredients and the lessons we can learn from top leaders who embody them.


One of the most important ingredients of success is a sense of purpose. People who are successful in their professional and personal lives have a clear sense of why they do what they do. They have a vision for what they want to achieve and are deeply committed to it. For example, Elon Musk, the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, is driven by a sense of purpose to create a sustainable future for humanity. His vision and commitment have helped him achieve incredible success in his career.


Success is rarely a straight line. There will be setbacks, obstacles, and challenges along the way. The ability to bounce back from these setbacks and keep moving forward is a key ingredient of success. Resilience is what allows us to persevere in the face of adversity and ultimately achieve our goals. Oprah Winfrey is a great example of someone who embodies resilience. She overcame a difficult childhood and numerous setbacks in her career to become one of the most successful media personalities of all time.

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Growth Mindset

Successful people have a growth mindset. They believe that they can always improve and grow, and they are committed to continuous learning and development. They see challenges as opportunities to learn and improve, rather than as obstacles to be avoided. Jeff Bezos, the founder, and CEO of Amazon, is an example of someone with a growth mindset. He is known for his willingness to take risks and his focus on innovation, which has helped him build one of the most successful companies in the world.


To achieve success, it's essential to have focus. Successful people can prioritize their goals and stay focused on achieving them, even when distractions and competing priorities arise. They are disciplined in their approach and are willing to make sacrifices to achieve their goals. Bill Gates is an example of someone with exceptional focus. He famously took a "think week" every year, where he would spend a week alone in a cabin in the woods, reading and thinking deeply about the future of technology.


Finally, successful people are authentic. They are true to themselves and their values, and they don't try to be someone they're not. They can connect with others on a deep level because they are genuine and transparent.

In conclusion, success is a complex and multifaceted concept. However, by focusing on these key ingredients - purpose, resilience, growth mindset, focus, and authenticity - we can increase our chances of achieving lasting success in our professional and personal lives. By looking to top leaders who embody these qualities, we can learn valuable lessons about what it takes to achieve our goals and make a positive impact in the world.

I work with my clients to cultivate these ingredients of success and help them achieve their goals. If you're interested in learning more about how to develop these qualities and achieve greater success in your own life, please feel free to reach out to me. I can help you on your path to success.