The Sweet Smell of Success

By • on April 17, 2011

Even though a Rhino possesses 360° visioning capabilities, their vision is considered blurry. However, their sense of smell is nearly impeccable. When attacking predators they generally rely on their sense of smell and their acute hearing capabilities. Although, Rhinos really have no natural predators, maybe their behavior and clear mission of protecting their herd maintains that reputation. It might be a question of, “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?”

The best leaders can take a lesson from the Rhino. What a Rhino smells prior to aggression is generally anything that they consider to be a threat. What that scent really translates into is success. If a Rhino becomes aggressive taking down the threat, he will succeed in being the victor. If a great leader senses a threat, they will become proactive rather than wait and be forced into being reactive. That heightened sense is really the smell of success.

The sweet smell of success is difficult to describe as each successful leader will relate a different approach to attaining success. However, all successful leaders have at least one thing in common. They smelled success before they achieved it. Human beings are driven by their senses. When you wake up in the morning and smell a freshly brewed pot of coffee, you find yourself wanting a cup. Most personal or professional missions in life work in the same manner. When you know someone who has achieved success, you crave the same.

Motivation is the key that turns the lock to our senses. If we see a beautiful, new car, we envision ourselves behind the wheel. If we hear our favorite song, we want to sing along or at least dance. If we touch silk, we want to wear it. Although these examples are tangibles, the bridge to acquiring them is the intangible bridge of motivation. When great leaders tap into these motivations and take steps towards attainment, they risk free-falling into the unknown.

The greatest leaders look within themselves for the motivation that is necessary for achieving the tangibles that represent heightened senses, motivation, and hard, focused work. Smelling success before achieving it is the motivation that is necessary for attaining our goals.

  • Make a list of “Things to Do Today,” EVERY SINGLE DAY.
  • Begin with the most difficult “thing” EVERY SINGLE DAY on the list. By doing this, everything else on the list will seem a lot easier.
  • Take an action for someone else EVERY SINGLE DAY. It can be something simple like getting a cup of coffee or a soda for a co-worker or loved-one, without being asked to. Ask a co-worker or loved one what you can do for them today…help with paperwork, bring them lunch, pick up dry cleaning, go to the grocery.

Every once in a while a Rhinos sense of smell leads them in the wrong direction. That is to be expected. For without those small failures they will never achieve and maintain the reputation of being a mighty force to be reckoned with. Since a Rhino charges with no fear, each of their endeavors, even if they don’t hit the bulls eye, further embeds their standing as a relentless foe.

A Rhino is aware that his sense of smell is more acute than his blurred vision. They are self-effacing, realizing their weakness, but all the while strengthening their assets. The delicate balance between their heightened sense of smell and acting on it appropriately and with precise timing, is what has given the Rhino their status.

As stated earlier, a Rhino has no natural predators. A predator will only strike if they sense a vulnerability or lack of confidence. The Rhino doesn’t respond to such frivolities. Great leaders also have no natural predators. They are people who have sensed a threat or an opportunity, rather than having been motivated by an attack. That higher sense of existence is the motivational factor that breeds success.

A predator has yet to experience the sweet smell of success; therefore they pose no real threat, as they have yet to experience the heightened sense of awareness that it takes to be really motivated towards tangible or intangible goals.


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