Success isn’t just about ability, participation and exposure

My husband did something that was like waving a red flag at a bull recently. And by that I mean he sent me an article criticising the TV program The Voice.

The main point of the article was few artists have success in the charts after participating on the program. This I agree with. The write asserted that telling people with talent that they could be successful in the music industry was therefore dishonest. This I disagree with.

To assert that a TV program can and should guarantee the success of anyone who wins the program doesn’t take into account what it takes to be successful in any industry. It’s never just ability, participation and exposure. There is also a need for persistence, ambitious courage, a willingness to go beyond what others who just sing at weddings do, ongoing skill building, pivoting, ongoing effort and time but not always effort and time directed at the same thing and mentoring from people in the industry who want you to succeed but are also willing to give you real feedback.

It’s is the same as saying because not everyone who does a qualification to become a therapist has the same career outcome then we shouldn’t recognise and praise potential and talent. 

To be highly successful in your career as a therapist  just getting your registration and working as a therapist won’t be enough.

And it’s ok if for you getting your registration and working as a therapist is enough. If that is your definition of success than that’s great.

When you see those therapists who are kicking the same kind of goals that you want to be, don’t just write it off as talent. Learn from them. Find out how they got there. It will be some kind of combination of:

  • talent
  • persistence 
  • ambitious courage, 
  • a willingness to go beyond what other therapists do, 
  • ongoing skill building, 
  • pivoting
  • ongoing effort and time but not always effort and time directed at the same thing and 
  • mentoring from people in the industry who want you to succeed enough to give you encouragement but also real feedback about what needs to change.
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