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Volume 2, Issue 8 -- August 2005
ISSN 1556-3820

In This Issue

Feature Article  |  Resources  |  Fast Facts 
  Survey  |  What's New  |  About Regina | Blog

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Feature Article: Seven Strategies for Inflating Your Success

When I ask people to describe characteristics of successful people, they often identify characteristics that they associate with others but not themselves. This never ceases to amaze me.

In a recent Red Ladder survey, respondents indicated that the top two drivers for success were 1) having a strategic vision (87.5%) and 2) having written goals (50.0%). Further, 62.5% indicated that their definition of success was "work that is both challenging and rewarding." Interestingly, no one indicated that their definition of success was "being financially secure."

We all have the capacity to be successful. The question is, how successful do you want to be? Here are some key characteristics exhibited by successful people. Most successful people:

  1. Have clearly identified their core values/ mission/ vision. These comprise the compass by which key life decisions are made. If a mariner didn't have a compass, how successful do you think she would be navigating the world's oceans? You need a compass too.

  2. Create a personal definition of success. This is not what society defines as success. Your personal definition of success becomes your map and it goes hand-in-hand with your core vales/ mission/ vision. If you don't define success, how will you know when you achieve it?

  3. Have clearly defined, written goals. According to a Yale Study, 3% of the graduating class of 1953 identified goals and 20 years later, those who had written down their goals appeared happier and more content. Further, the same 3% that had written down their goals had achieved more wealth than the remaining 97% of their classmates put together! Need I say more?

  4. Develop competency in negotiation. During interviews with successful women in business, negotiation was cited as the most critical factor in getting what was wanted both personally and professionally. Successful people understand that negotiation is not only about getting what you want, but getting what you deserve. If you can't or won't negotiate the results and outcomes you want for yourself, then who will?

  5. Embrace risk-taking. People who are comfortable taking risks typically experience increased autonomy, heightened self-esteem, a more positive attitude toward life and an increased sense of personal power. Most successful people I speak to, see and seize opportunity. They recognize that taking risks typically involves personal growth. Those with an aversion to risk often link risk with failure. What is failure? Simply a judgment about events. So, instead, view risk as a learning opportunity. Remember, no risk, no reward!

  6. Engage in continuous learning. One successful man I spoke to indicated that, "continuous learning is key if you want to get ahead in life." Does that mean formal education? It might, but for most, it simply means staying current in their field or maintaining expertise in an area of passion. And if your field of expertise also happens to be your area of passion, then you are really onto something!

  7. Think big. Successful people aren't afraid to think big. During a recent seminar, I asked participants to write down one goal they would like to accomplish and to think big. One woman shared with the group that she was a professional speaker and that her goal was to replace Oprah Winfrey when she retires in 2008. I followed up with her recently and discovered that she is currently in discussions with a local broadcast company is being considered for an afternoon TV program. That's the power of thinking big.

Woody Allen once said "eighty percent of success is showing up." To inflate your success, it's the other twenty percent that is most critical, that is, hard work combined with the desire to succeed. If you do nothing else, carve out time to craft a strategic vision for yourself, write down your goals and remember, think big!

Regina Barr is a business consultant and speaker with a special passion for helping women achieve leadership success. Regina helps companies develop strategies to attract, develop and retain women leaders. Her consulting firm, Red Ladder, Inc., also helps organizations and their leaders develop their full potential through strategic project management and coaching. For more information visit or

Copyright 2005 Regina Barr, Red Ladder, Inc.


7 Habits for Business Success - Want to take your business to the top? Develop these habits and enjoy a smooth journey, an article by Brian Tracy.

Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life: How to Unlock Your Full Potential for Success and Achievement by Brian Tracy. The theme of this book is that over time, "we usually get what we think about most." While many things factor into our success, one of the most critical is the accuracy and power of our thinking.

Success Stories of Entrepreneurs - This page has links to a number of entrepreneurial success stories in the following categories: Great Business Leaders, Home Business Success Stories, Succeeding on the Internet, and the SBA Small Business Person of the Year Awardees.

Small Business Success Program - this is a series of business success lessons.

Fast Facts

July Survey Results - Inflate Your Success

100% of respondents AGREED that they feel they are successful in their business/job.

50% of respondents AGREED that they are a little afraid of becoming too successful.

100% of respondents AGREED that they believe that small changes can make a huge difference in creating business success, especially when we apply them consistently.

62.5% of respondents DISAGREED that they associate an increase in their success with a corresponding increase in their income level.


Each month we will be asking for your input on a short survey. This month our survey is on Engagement and Commitment in the Workplace.

What's New

Upsize Magazine Quotes Regina Barr - The August issue of Upsize Magazine addressed a dilemma that many new business owners face: If you’re new in business, should you charge less than others who have been in business longer? Regina offers a workshop on "Getting What You're Worth (TM)", so the magazine asked her expert opinion on the topic.

Here is more information about Regina's workshop, "Getting What You're Worth (TM)",

Interested in hearing Regina speak? Here are some of Regina's upcoming programs:

September 15, Alternative Staffing, Inc., Moving the Needle on Employee Engagement, Bloomington, MN.

October 25, Alternative Staffing, Inc., Up is Not the Only Way, Bloomington, MN.

November 16, Alternative Staffing, Inc., Female Perspectives in Leadership, Bloomington, MN.

Contact us at for information on how to register.

About Regina
Regina Barr, President of Red Ladder, Inc., holds a BBA, an MBA and an MA in human development. With over sixteen years in the financial services industry, Regina has a broad range of leadership experience in product, sales, and marketing. Red Ladder provides people development services for individuals and organizations with a goal of developing people and inspiring success. In addition, Regina has a special passion for helping companies attract, develop and retain women leaders.
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