Achievement, Accomplishment, Work Ethic and Success
November 21, 2014 Leave a comment
What is achievement really? How do we get it? Where does it come from? Is it an end goal? A process? Does it take work ethic? Does it mean success? Does it make someone “accomplished” ? Find out here: Projects, perspective, insight, success.
December of 2012 I published a successful academic paper called; “Best Buy Strategic Management Analysis” which I co-wrote with some exceptionally talented people in my cohort. During that time, the company was experiencing revolutionary change, juggling reputation management issues and more. The CEO had resigned, the company founder, Dick Schulze, had written a letter to the board with intention to buy the company back and run it. The competitive market was rapidly changing, they pulled out of markets in China and the UK and had brought in new CEO, Huber Joly.
Recently, our paper reached 29,000 views in less than two years and we are proud of that. It is an accomplishment and for me, professionally, it highlights the kind of work I am capable of. The in-depth research of this globally expanding company, evaluation of their internal environment and external market conditions was a great learning experience.
The recommendations we made? Best Buy actually implemented some of the strategies we recommended. I invite you to take an in-depth look and if there is anyone you think should see it, please pass it along. It has been an achievement, which leads to the topic of this post.
The first photo in this post is of “Batu Caves” in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, March of 2012, taken while traveling with my cohort for a global business systems course as part of the Executive MBA program at The University of St. Thomas. That was eight months before writing the Best Buy paper.
Batu Caves is considered it the most respected Hindu Shrine outside of India. 276 steps lead to a large temple cave at the very top and the belief is that each step taken, is a sin forgiven.
This week’s photo challenge: “show us a photo that says ‘achievement‘ to you: people meeting a long-worked-for goal. Something tangible you have created. A view from a journey you have completed, or the stating point of a journey yet made or a project you hope to finish.”
The reason I selected this photo is because achievement, for me, is different from success and is more than an accomplishment. Achievement doesn’t come easy for everyone, it is a learning process which takes effort and grit. Throughout that process of acquiring new knowledge, we must expect we will encounter roadblocks that will challenge us. As leaders, that means giving ourselves permission to learn, unlearn, re-think, innovate and survive.
Achievement is a drill that requires work ethic, optimism and backbone. We run through the practice and process of achievement again and again, ingesting new information, then applying more elbow grease towards the end goal. It builds character and involves conditioning ourselves into a thought process that says “I can do this, I believe in myself.”
Achievement is taking an internal, personal vow to practice resilience, again, until it feels normal. And we do it because we know we will be better for the process. Our experience has given us the gift and wisdom of knowing that deferred gratification really works. And that achievement, lies in the process of getting there. It’s the climb.
Please leave a comment below and thanks for visiting my blog.