Question about Success…what would you say?

I recently had a conversation with a security guard at the homeless soup kitchen where Frenchy and I volunteer.  I guess he found out I was a motivational speaker and approached me with what I thought was a really good question.  Just the fact that he asked the question made me tell him that he's already ahead of the game.  He asked; "What are the three things you need to do to be successful?"  Isn't that a great question?  To me, it showed that he was ambitious – wanting to have more success in his life.  He also practiced what I preach in my motivational keynotes when I suggest to people that they go up to people who have what they want and ask how they got it.  What would you have said?

Here are the three I told him:

1. Wake up everyday with an attitude of optimisim. Be grateful what you have and choose to make it a great day full of hope.

2. Have a never-ending supply of curiosity: continue to learn about successful people and how they got there, read about people who make a difference – how are they doing it, always ask questions on how you can improve.  

3. Surround yourself with positive people.  Be careful of hanging out with negative people who don't have any dreams of their own so they put other people down. 

Those were the answers that came to me off the top of my head.  How would you have answered the same question?

Looking forward to hearing your answer, afterall, I'm curious to what others have to say is the secret to their success!

From your trying to practice what she preaches motivational speaker, Marilyn Sherman


Marilyn Sherman, CSP is a Front-Row Leadership Expert helping people get out of the balcony and get a front-row seat in life. For over 20 years she has inspired audiences with topics on Visioning, Goal Achievement and having a No More Excuses attitude! Check out her fun, dynamic style at

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  1. AWESOME question! Hhmmmm. To narrow it down to three is tough. I would have to stick to my motivational speaker's message of the See, Believe, Do approach:

    1. See what success looks like to you – define it – give it a name. Know what your dream looks like and what it will take to get there.

    2. Believe that you can do it – and deserve it. Even if you don't believe deep down, tell yourself that you do – retrain your brain.

    3. Act on the dream. Don't wait for someone to notice you. Don't collect information. Put yourself out there – pick up the phone – do the only thing you know to do at this point. Risk failure. Be courageous. A body in motion stays in motion.




  2. Wow, Marilyn. This is a question that anyone who calls themselves a motivational speaker should be able to answer, right? So here goes.

    1. Take excellent care of your body. Feed it brilliant healthy food. Breathe it fully. Move it powerfully. If you're not in good health – who cares about all the rest?

    2. Take excellent care of your mind. Feed it with stories of successful people. Learn, grow, stretch, create, explore, investigate, try new things.

    3. Take excellent care of your Spirit. Laugh, play, love. Be grateful, optimistic, hopeful and happy. There is something much greater that us that keeps the planets aligned, beats our hearts and lifts our voices. Trust that and give daily thanks for it.





  3. Oh! And Marilyn! After I read yours, my first thought was – well, those would be mine too! I TOTALLY ascribe to the power in YOUR Big THREE!!

  4. I agree with all of your THREE's! I echo your insights with:

    1. Think it! Spend the mind time seeing what it is you desire and depositing positive thoughts to create the belief.

    2. Speak It! Affirm what you want with clarity. Assert yourself with strength and sensitivity. Ask for what you need.

    3.Live it! Take action daily toward your goals and dreams, and give appreciation for what you already have.

  5. What a powerful list from four very successful motivational speakers!  Let me agree deeply with

    1.  Take excellent care of your body, mind and spirit

    2.  Hang on to the coat tails of someone who has been down the path you want to follow

    3.  Leap!

  6. This is why I love hanging with you guys – you are brilliant with your insights and ideas.  I love all of your three's and if you look at them, there are more than three…leave it to motivational speakers to add extra value!!!

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