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The Iceberg Illusion


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Success is always measured in outcomes and what you accomplish. What rarely gets the recognition it deserves is the effort that has been put in behind the scenes of that success. The outcomes are only the tip of the iceberg so we decided to look below the surface to see what truly makes a successful outcome.



In order to achieve success there is always some level of sacrifice that a person must make. This can take many different shapes and forms and they can be personal or professional in nature. While some sacrifices are greater than others are, it is best to maintain a positive outlook on them. Think of them as an investment in success.


Have you ever looked at someone’s success and thought to yourself “they make it look so easy”? Quite often that’s not the case. Most success stories are built off failures, often proceeding through many stages of trial and error and numerous setbacks. The beauty of failure is that it allows us to grow and learn to approach challenges from a different angle. After all, practice makes perfect.


Most failures will lead initially to disappointment. The more invested you are in a project the higher the disappointment of its failure. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Learning from disappointment helps us understand how to overcome it. Why not try speaking to peers, friends or family who have experienced their own disappointment and how they overcame it and try out their advice.


While a project might not be a success after the first try, it is also not a reason to give up. Set yourself a goal and keep working towards it one step at a time. Every small victory is still a victory worth celebrating.

Hard work

It may seem like success stories happen overnight, but in reality the opposite is true. They often involve countless hours of hard work, meeting each challenge head-on and finding solutions to overcome them.


Being able to commit yourself to the task you set and maintaining that commitment can significantly increase your chances for success. Planning and sticking to your goals will help you establish a routine to stay on track.

Good habits

Having good habits goes hand in hand with your dedication. Developing a routine around a bad habit will only hinder you and make it even harder for you to achieve success. Start by picking small habits to begin with, for example: study at least one hour every day. It may prove challenging in the beginning, but the result will be worthwhile.

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