How did you make it

I have been asked a few days ago, how did I make it, what did I do to succeed.

First of all I am not even half way there. I can say I have obtained most of the things I  wanted and actually tried to do, but I still have a lot to go. I don’t consider myself a success story, yet.

Even so I couldn’t leave these questions unanswered. After a few minutes of trying to see what got me to where I am right now I gave an answer that didn’t really satisfy me; but it was more than nothing and the best I could do at that time under those circumstances.

Now I want to go a bit into details. But before I do that I want to share with you my answer. I always did the things I liked and wanted to do. I have spent a lot of time with people already doing the things I wanted to do. I have read a lot of things related to my field of interest at that moment. I have always tried to do the things I wanted at the job I had or I have tried to find one where I could do them.

What I should have also mentioned is that I have always been really curious, always asking why and always wanting to know more. I have never settled with not knowing an answer. I always googled what I didn’t know. I never said I couldn’t do something before I tried. If I didn’t know how, I researched how others did it and tried to do it myself.

I have always believed in myself. Sometimes I may have been overconfident or arrogant, but that’s what made me believe in myself. I have taken risks. I have tried to take advantage of every chance I got. I have always tried to see how others do things and learned from them what I thought was going to help me.

These are just a few things I should have added then. Except for these, there are a lot more things to say, but I think you’ve got where I am heading with this. There is no one thing, one secret ingredient to success. This combination worked for me until now. I can’t say it will work for you. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. But what I can say is that these things will surely help.

I don’t know what the key to success is, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone else.

Catalin Costea

If I had to describe myself in one word it would be polymath; Renaissance man if I had two. I strongly believe that everything you know will come of use sooner or later and that constantly challenging yourself and continuous learning are the key to success.