A couple of years ago, I published a little book called Success Tweets: 140 Bits of Common Sense Career Success Advice, All in 140 Characters or Less. Since I want to help as many people as I can succeed in their lives and careers, I’ve given away over 5,000 copies. (If you want a free copy go to http://budurl.com/ STExp.)

Self-confidence is one of the keys to success I highlight in Success Tweets. Tweet 41 is one of my favorite tweets about self-confidence. “Focus on what you are becoming. This helps you believe in yourself and builds your confidence. Confidence is important to your success.”

I like the idea of “becoming” so much because it’s a really positive concept. It gets at the idea that all of us can always do something more, become something more, achieve something more, no matter our age, or our previous successes or failures. There is always more to do, more to accomplish and a way to become more remarkable.

I always tell my coaching clients that success is a journey, not a destination. Keep moving forward in your life and you’ll succeed. That’s what “becoming” is all about. I turned 60 a couple of years ago, and to celebrate my 60th birthday
I released three new books and a career success home study course. I released another book this year, Climbing the Corporate Ladder. I am becoming a better career success coach because of my writing and my blogging. But I’m nothing compared to Peter Drucker. He wrote 39 books in his long and distinguished life and career—two thirds of them were written after he turned 65.

Becoming is a function of your willingness to look ahead and see the opportunities life brings your way—and then to act on them. When you focus on what you are becoming, you will be building the success you want and deserve—in your product management career and in your life. Keep becoming and I guarantee you will succeed.

Becoming and thinking go hand in hand.

Your thoughts determine what you will become. You become what you think about most. The life and career success you will achieve will be in direct proportion to your thoughts. If you allow your mind to be dominated by trivial matters, you will achieve trivial things. But if you discipline yourself to think big thoughts, you will achieve big things. You can think big thoughts by being tuned into what’s happening in the world around you. This means you need to keep up with what’s new in your field. You read PM360—that is a great start.
Becoming and thinking go hand in hand. Your thoughts determine what you will become. You become what you think about most. The life and career success you will achieve will be in direct proportion to your thoughts.

Remember the old adage: People with small minds think and talk about other people. People with medium-sized minds think and talk about things. People with great minds think and talk about ideas. Become a great mind and think big. Use the ideas you get in this magazine and any other place where you’ll find information on the pharma and devices industries to your advantage.

Build your life and career success by focusing on what you are becoming. Again, career success is a journey, not a destination, so treat it that way. Commit to taking personal responsibility for your life and career. Don’t get down on yourself if one day you come up empty in your quest to become the career success you deserve to be. Get up the next day with optimism and confidence in your heart. Stay focused and keep working.

  • Bud Bilanich

    Bud Bilanich, The Common Sense Guy, is a success coach, motivational speaker, author and blogger. He is a faculty member at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver where he teaches courses in Organizational Dynamics and Human Capital Management. Bud has written five books on career and life success, which are the basis of his Common Sense Success System.

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