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  • Writer's pictureMelanie Reinersman

Success: What would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

Updated: May 26, 2020

While failure is an excellent learning opportunity, the goal, of course, should be success. Then why do people still set themselves up for failure? Stop the focus on the horrors of failure and start looking at success, strengths, and motivation. Habits can be changed, learning new tricks is possible at any age, and positivity is all the rage! ~ Melanie Reinersman,

FOCUS ON: The Positive Side of Success

International Positive Psychology’s 5th World Conference offered new ways to think about what people want in regards to health, happiness, and success. First, what you achieve at work is not as important as “relational energy” – your ability to motive or energize others. Second, your mindset has physical effects on your body, so ignore scary statistics and focus on making healthier behaviors more appealing. Third, believing in the meaningfulness of life right now can lead to positive feelings and relationships. Read more.

FOR PRACTITIONERS: Six Unconventional Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs

Being in business for yourself is no longer unconventional in and of itself. However, successful entrepreneurship requires some unusual behaviors and thought processes. Increase your tolerance for uncertainty, check email in bed, work in monthly increments, and be wrong. Maybe most important of all, the rule is to break the conventional rules for success. Read more from

BONUS! FOR PRACTITIONERS: Success Boosters to Your Client’s Work Style

The MBTI Interpretive Report for Organizations includes a page about the individual’s work style. This includes how the person likes to contribute at work, lead, and learn based on personality preferences. The last part of page five of this report is called “Success Boosters” – helpful hints to overcoming potential pitfalls. Looking at the sample report, the ENFP Success Boosters include: “Set priorities based on what is most important and follow through” and “Pay attention to key details and then stay focused on them.” Practitioners may want to discuss success boosters with clients. Look at more success boosters.

TOP TEN: Things to Stop Doing if You Want to Be Successful

“Immediately answering emails” and “saying Yes when you want to say No” will hinder your path to success. The other eight habits you should stop may surprise you – like “pinging people.” Read all ten suggestions from ten different people who have found success.


“One needs more than ambition and talent to make a success of anything, really. There must be love and a vocation.” - Jessye Norman
“Success must never be measured by how much money you have.” - Zig Ziglar
“The level of our success is limited only by our imagination and no act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” - Aesop


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