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How to Succeed, Three Principles of Success

Success is not always defined by how much money you have, how big your house is, or the type of car you drive. To me success is defined by being content with what you have until you can do better, having a job or career that you love and enjoy to do, making a good living from what you love to do, and helping others in succeeding and reaching their goals. Life is too short to worry about what others have or trying to keep up with the “Joneses”. You have to create and define your own success and do not define it based on society’s terminology on what success should be. Also, you should never base your success on the success of others. Money doesn’t make a person successful or rich because there are many individuals with a lot of money who are not happy with their life.

God wants you to be successful in your life. Here are three principles God wants you to live by to have “true” success in your life: (1) Take into account your temperament. Know when to fight your battles and know when to not fight your battles. Sometimes you miss out on golden opportunities due to your attitude or anger level. You must learn how to control your anger and temperament, especially in the business and professional worlds. (2) Overcome your fear of being different from others. One thing I have learned in life is not to care about what others think about me. I should never be afraid to try new and exciting things. One good piece of advice my father always gave me “Never be afraid of who you are, you are unique and different, and that is why others are jealous and afraid of you because they cannot figure you out.” You can’t be part of the crowd and still “stand out.” To achieve great things you must trust God, disregard the negative opinions of others, and pursue your destiny. (3) Resist the apathy that often accompanies aging. Never use the excuse that “I am too old” to do or try anything new. There are many people who are 40 and older going back to school, starting their own businesses, and living their life to the fullest. To me age is nothing but a number and it doesn’t tell me what I can or cannot do due to my age. I am starting my second business in my early 40s and I am re-training myself to be prepared for my new business. Keep the enthusiasm of your youth, and mix it with the wisdom of your old age. Don’t lose your sense of idealism. You’re only “old” when the regrets take the place of your dreams.

If you follow these three principles of success, you will have a successful life. You shall be successful in everything you do, but it shall not be based on what “mankind” considers to be success. Your success is only defined by your relationship with God, your relationship with yourself, your relationship with your family and friends, and your relationship with the public. Live your life according to God’s will, your will, and no one else’s will.

Donya Zimmerman is a business consultant, mediator, and legal professional with over ten years of experience.  She is owner of Family & Community Mediation and Business Consulting (FACMBC) based in Baltimore, Maryland and has been in business since 2013. Services provided by FACMBC:  Mediation and Conflict Resolution Services; Business Registration Assistance (Limited Liability Company, Corporation, S-Corp, Limited Liability Partnership, etc.); Business Plan Drafting Assistance; Business Certification Assistance (MBE, WOSB, 8A, 501(c) (3), Hub Zone, etc.); and Business Organization Assistance. She is also a contributing writer to the Maryland Daily Examiner Newspaper. Contact information:;;;



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