Do you believe in coincidence?
Here's the deal. In a few hours I was confronted with stories of successful people and companies. First, I was wandering around in a bookstore while waiting for my kids. I found this interesting book about Oprah Winfrey written by Amelita Lusia. I was intrigue by this book because it is not a translation. It is written by an Indonesian. Here's Oprah, an American black woman. What's her relation to us (Indonesian)? I don't know. But I know this, many Indonesians know who Oprah is. She's an amazing successful person! I am not an avid the Oprah Winfrey Show, but whenever I watch it, it is superb. The thing is ... her success was an an instant. It was not an accident. It was hard work.
The second thing. I arrived at home and turned on the TV. It was about Simon Cowell. Yes, that American Idol notorius judge. Again, this is about sucessful person (and TV show). I didn't know how it started, but now I know. Again, the same theme emerges, success requires hard work and intuition.
The third thing (while I am typing this) is about Starbucks. Yes, that coffee that I am addicted to. (No Starbucks bad jokes, please.) To me Starbucks is not just a product, it is something else. I could find "better" coffee, but they just good coffee. Just a product. The same thing emerges from the show; hardwork, intuition, perseverence (spell?), and obsessions.
Why I am interested in this? Well, that's because I want to make my companies successful. They are not just companies, but they have to be something special. I want to build them to last. I am obsessed with my companies (and what they do). I am trying to search for the DNA of my companies.
As for myself, I like to think that I am successful. I heard that! Don't laugh ...