Building a Foundation for Progress

May 6, 2011

Five Drivers for Success

Dale Carnegie said, “Establishing a groundwork for success begins the process of leading a more intentional life.”  When looking toward our futures and defining the people whom you wish to become makes, you will begin to see the task of goal setting take on a whole new meaning.  So Dale Carnegie would introduce you to the Five Drivers of Success, allowing you to move forward, examine your strengths and opportunities for improvement, set goals and create a vision of who you want to become.  This vision should serve as a reference point throughout your lives as you advance toward the realization of your goals and achieve your full potential.

The Five Drivers for Success then are interrelated and consist of the following:


  • Build Greater Self Confidence- Self confidence, in today’s world, is a competitive advantage.  Your comfort zone (the area in which you are most comfortable existing) will be stretched as your confidence grows, allowing you to reside in a place where your greatest opportunities await.
  • Strengthen People Skills- People skills are an essential ingredient for personal and professional success.  When you focus on the skills that will help you make a positive impression on others, eventually you will win enthusiastic cooperation from others instead of apathetic compliance, turning a no into a yes.
  • Enhance Communication Skills-Through improving your ability to think on your feet and better express your thoughts, ideas and feelings, you will learn the formula for becoming a more effective, convincing and interesting person and presenter.
  • Develop Leadership Skills- Leadership is entirely about being able to motivate and inspire people to a higher level of performance.  Your organization, in turn, will become more productive as you gain enthusiastic cooperation from others.
  • Control Worry and Stress- Facing a challenging situation with a constructive attitude is a determining success factor for all good leaders.  Learning to reduce worry , stress and tension will help you maintain a more optimistic approach to your personal and professional life, leading to your ability  to be more focused and directed while setting clear, specific goals.  Learning to avoid procrastination will help you confront problems with a more positive attitude.


Hellen Keller was once asked if there is anything worse than being blind.  She replied, “Yes, to have sight but no vision”.  Don’t take for granted the abilities you’ve been given and make the most of each day, building a foundation for progress, always remembering what Dale Carnegie said, “If you act enthusiastic, you’ll be enthusiastic.”

*Source: Dale Carnegie Course Manual

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