Is Success Playing Hide And Go Seek With You?

There are many reasons why one person succeeds over another. This has been nicely put together in the below article by Gregg Ferro. This interestingly enough came from British Novelist Amelia E. Barr in 1901. Nope… I didn’t mistype.

We are talking over 112 years ago and the same information stands true.

The secret to success has been the same throughout time. There is no need to change it much because its still applicable. Take a look at Gregg’s post which a quick read and you will realize there was no secret all along.

You just have to face the fact as humans we want to know other people’s secrets more than if the info is readily available out there. What we must realize is success leave clues and guess what, success doesn’t hide his tracks either so the info is readily available for you to find.

How can you find these clues? That’s pretty easy, just find people who have achieved the things you want to archive on an enormous scale and start gathering all the info they put out.

Successful people are not bashful about sharing their stories. Its their way of showing people that anything is possible if you put your mind to it and be persistence.

Enjoy the post below from Greg about the 9 rules of success.

Live Inspired


9 Rules for Success by British Novelist Amelia E. Barr, 1901 | Brain Pickings

Posted on 10 February , 2013

I found these inspirational and life affirming:

  1. Men and women succeed because they take pains to succeed. Industry and patience are almost genius; and successful people are often more distinguished for resolution and perseverance than for unusual gifts. They make determination and unity of purpose supply the place of ability.
  2. Success is the reward of those who “spurn delights and live laborious days.” We learn to do things by doing them. One of the great secrets of success is “pegging away.” No disappointment must discourage, and a run back must often be allowed, in order to take a longer leap forward.
  3. No opposition must be taken to heart. Our enemies often help us more than our friends. Besides, a head-wind is better than no wind. Who ever got anywhere in a dead calm?
  4. A fatal mistake is to imagine that success is some stroke of luck. This world is run with far too tight a rein for luck to interfere. Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or other, we pay for her favors; or we go empty away.
  5. We have been told, for centuries, to watch for opportunities, and to strike while the iron is hot. Very good; but I think better of Oliver Cromwell’s amendment — “make the iron hot by striking it.”
  6. Everything good needs time. Don’t do work in a hurry. Go into details; it pays in every way. Time means power for your work. Mediocrity is always in a rush; but whatever is worth doing at all is worth doing with consideration. For genius is nothing more nor less than doing well what anyone can do badly.
  7. Be orderly. Slatternly work is never good work. It is either affectation, or there is some radical defect in the intellect. I would distrust even the spiritual life of one whose methods and work were dirty, untidy, and without clearness and order.
  8. Never be above your profession. I have had many letters from people who wanted all the emoluments and honors of literature, and who yet said, “Literature is the accident of my life; I am a lawyer, or a doctor, or a lady, or a gentleman.” Literature is no accident. She is a mistress who demands the whole heart, the whole intellect, and the whole time of a devotee.
  9. Don’t fail through defects of temper and over-sensitiveness at moments of trial. One of the great helps to success is to be cheerful; to go to work with a full sense of life; to be determined to put hindrances out of the way; to prevail over them and to get the mastery. Above all things else, be cheerful; there is no beatitude for the despairing.

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About gregferroGreg Ferro is a Network Engineer/Architect, mostly focussed on Data Centre, Security Infrastructure, and recently Virtualization. He has over 20 years in IT, in wide range of employers working as a freelance consultant including Finance, Service Providers and Online Companies. He is CCIE#6920 and has a few ideas about the world, but not enough to really count. His technical blog is at, he co-hosts the Packet Pushers Podcast and writes for mainstream media such as

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