The Iceberg Theory of Success
So you know all about icebergs already and how what you see floating around in open waters is only a small fraction of the entire iceberg. For what is visible above the waterline there is a much larger part hidden beneath.
This is an excellent metaphor for success.
Everyone of us can see the outcome of success and the accomplishments. This is the visible part of the iceberg that floats majestically out of the water. On the other hand the efforts, what is necessary to achieve such an outcome, remain hidden and unnoticed like the larger section of the iceberg that is beneath the water line. The majority of people tend to only focus on the fabulous outcome and the successes of others, rather than recognize the intangible effort.
Achievements and success often blind us so that we often are not even aware of the huge efforts that were necessary to make these outcomes possible. In reality, successes are defined by the hard work, failures, determination, sacrifice, disappointment, good habits, and dedication put forth to make success a possibility.
The “Iceberg Theory of Success” helps us to realize that every successful person had to invest a lot of effort and hard work to achieved their goals and success. All the efforts of a successful person lie beneath the surface and can sometimes be difficult to understand or achieve.
So remember next time you strive to greatness, a successful outcome is only a small portion of the full story. Success only comes from the hard work and effort that lies beneath the surface.