What Makes A Successful Career Essay

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The reasons why people succeed in their careers are probably as numerous as the number of successful people. When we begin to think about the qualities these people possess, it becomes apparent that we can classify or catagorize them into a few specific groups–those who really enjoy their work, those who are obsessed with their work (they either want to be the 'best'; or have a fear of failure), those who are blessed with exceptional talent in their field, and those who have planned their work and worked their plan. Perhaps as I describe them, you will identify which group applies to you.
     The first group of people with successful careers I'd like to discuss is those who simply enjoy their work.
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There are any number of explanations for why these people are the way they are and, while I'm no psychologist, I'd like to offer my own personal observation.
     Of the people I've known over the years who fall into this category two basic types exist. One is the person who has to be the 'Best';. It makes no difference what they are doing; this individual will pour every ounce of their heart and soul into being successful. The other type is essentially no different than the first one I've described. Primarily the difference lies in their motivation–this person is successful due to a fear of failure. Although, the driver is different, the means by which they achieve their goal is the same; they pour heart and soul into accomplishing success.
     There are others who can attribute success in their career to nothing more than exceptional talent. They have any uncanny ability to perform at a level unmatched by any one else. The people who fall into this category most often come to mind when we think of careers in sports. This is not to say that our sports superstars have not devoted a lifetime of work toward being a successful athlete and I would never slight their personal sacrifices or the hard work they have endured. However, I do believe it safe to say that juke 'm and duke 'm moves like Barry Sanders (former running back for the Detroit Lines) and stretched out, flying through the air,
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