The Three 'P's Of Success

I was working on the computer the other day, and don’t ask how I got there or what I was originally looking to find, but suddenly, I became absorbed with the topic of “success.”

Success is what motivates all to strive for more in life, but how do we get there? It takes more than outlining goals and wishing upon stars to get results. It takes action, and some very powerful “P” words, too (no pun intended!)


A music teacher may tell students that the 3 P’s for her success include practice, patience, and persistence. That’s a simple way of saying practice and practice some more.  Pretty good advice, I’d say.

A marketing professional values her 3 P’s of success as people, product, pricing.  Targeting the right audience with the right product at the right price is what it takes to market just about anything.

Engineers and architects may consider planning, professionalism, and precision as their most import P’s to success, and inventors and designers may place high emphasis on patience, persistence, perspiration as their three most important P’s for success. Hard work and long hours sweating over blueprints or experiments clearly describe the atmosphere in drawing rooms and laboratories.

Life coaches attribute preparedness, perseverance, and patience as the most important P’s to personal success and growth. I agree.

To a salesperson, a positive mindset, passionate attitude, persistent determination will get her the accounts and sales she pursues. All that, plus a cup of coffee and a smile makes the deal that much more enticing.

Business developers rely on planning, processes, profit to define their goals.

When my children were younger, my 3 P’s of a successful day included patience, playtime, and planning—in no particular order but repeated a dozen times an hour.

Artists, musicians, writers, and other such creative folk may hold in high regard passion, patience, and persistence as their 3 P’s of success.

What a coincidence.  I fall into that category, sharing the same 3 P’s on my list, except I like the term perseverance in place of persistence.


It’s the flame that keeps the fire going in all respects of our lives. And that flame needs to be nurtured in our relationships and in our goals and inspirations. Often our lives get entwined in the mundane. We live each day—work, eat, sleep without giving a single thought to our core happiness. Take the time to find what makes you tick, happy, thrive.  Find your passion.


Rome wasn’t built in a day, I remind myself when I get ahead of the game or impatient with my family. When my kids get frustrated, I remind them to try again. Most of us measure our success on the parameters set by others. No wonder some feel like failures.  If you have a passion for something but still aren’t good at it, its okay. Be patient, and then practice some more.


It takes perseverance and determination to take control and make things go your way. It takes dedication and follow-through to do most anything. If something is worth it for you, it’s worthy of pursuing. Your passion to do well is real. Trust it. You may even be successful.
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