The Yin & Yang of Business Success

There is the Tao, which is the way…

It is the way of everything, and yin and yang constitute it.

All things in life move and mesh and complement each other…

There is pushing and shoving, there is accepting and taking…

This philosophy has served me well in life and I continue to think about how this applies to business.

The older I get, and the more I look at success in the world, the more I realize that successful people are two things. They are either lucky, or very insightful to the inner workings of the world, or both…

Take Mark Zuckerberg for instance.

In any other day and age, Facebook wouldn’t exist, and who knows what Mark would be doing.

Mark didn’t make Facebook happen. The people that helped him form his idea didn’t make it happen. The people that helped him start the company didn’t make it happened.

It happened because of everyone. It happened because history was taking us in that direction whether we wanted it to or not. It happened because, if I may utter the word, it was destined to happen.

A lot of things are this way, and I might argue that everything is this way.

It is worthwhile to pay attention to the way things are headed. This is where you can meet with success.

If I may use the analogy. You can either walk beside the river or jump into it. Preferably with a boat of some sort.

Mark jumped into the river, survived Niagara Falls, crossed the ocean, and emerged on the other side a success.

It is up to you to realize that the stream moves faster then you can walk or run. And it’s up to you to find or make your boat.

This is an exercise in thinking about what success is. It is food for thought.

There are no secrets to success. Only people who observed and practiced success, or the lucky ones who fell into the river and survived.

What do you think makes success? I would love to hear your ideas.

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One Comment

  1. Sandy October 29, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    I love the idea of *Tao*, *Yin & Yang*, which asks for a good balance to keep life successful πŸ™‚

    Anyway, this post reminded me of an article Leo just wrote in Zen Habits, “Why I don’t care about success”, it got an interesting points too πŸ˜‰