How to Become Successful – the Need for Passion

Here is some spot-on advice from the International Security Driver Association worth sharing. If you are looking to be successful in your life and career, you need to know and appreciate what it takes to be successful.

From ISDA:

“To succeed in Protective Services you need to gain career capital by collecting marketable Experience, Skills, and Knowledge, what the ISDA call the ESK Triangle.

The ESK Triangle is a living document that contains a wealth of information for the Executive Protection Professional. This information came from those with a long history of success in the profession and demonstrated a willingness to share their experiences for the benefit of the ISDA membership.

Using the ESK Triangle as a template, the ISDA, and its members have created a Protective Services Roadmap to Success. The roadmap was created to assist the members. A roadmap shows a destination, one’s goals, and the practical steps necessary to get to the desired destination.”

You will find the link to more information and where to download the ISDA Roadmap Checklist below.

My Personal Story

I want to add a caveat to this, and it is the need to have the “Passion” for what you do.

If you do not have the passion for what you do it will be a long an tedious career path for you. If you do not wake up with a fire in your stomach to get to what lays ahead in your day you are merely going through the motions, and you are cutting the value to yourself, your team and your client short.

Do not misunderstand; you should not rush into something because of a moment of passion. Stay balanced, decisive and focused on your long-term mission.

Do not take a job position because it looks easy or appears to be a natural progression from other experience – if you do you are likely looking for a shortcut, and you are not career minded and will probably fail quickly.

How did I become to be the founder and CEO of an Investigation and Protection Agency?

I was at a martial arts tournament in the late ’80s and was talking to a business development specialist that worked with martial art schools. I made an inquiry with him on an entrepreneurial idea I had for a car wash.

His questions in response to my query were very pointed. He asked me, why do you want to own a car wash? I replied that it is a great cash business! He then asked, what do you know about operating a car wash? I said, nothing really, I have someone who details my cars.

He recommended to me that I look at investing in something and someone I already knew. His point was, you are an instructor in martial arts, why not open a martial arts school? I took his point of view and applied my internal feelings. I did not feel that I would be passionate enough to operate a martial arts school, but I did not forget his advice.

Years later, after leaving law enforcement, I was working for a fortune company and was growing frustrated in my position. The company I worked for was proliferating when I came onboard, the stocks had just split, and life was good. How I came upon the job I had was an accident. I was looking to fill my time with something that gave me spending money and it was in an area that came naturally to me. However, my heart was not in what I was doing.

As time went on the company started making bad decisions and was not responsive to the needs to continue our path of success. I was trying to decide what I could do as I had come much further with the company than I ever expected and didn’t know how I would replace the income that I was now making. Then it struck me, and I remembered the advice I was given by the martial arts development guy many years ago, do what you know. It was here that I decided instead of moonlighting in executive protection and work for the company any longer I would set out to start an investigation and security business.

So I did. Less than six months after leaving my position I received a surprise call from a company executive. He called to ask me if I would consider a Regional VP position with the company with my choice of two locations. The offer of course came with an incredible package that included a considerable salary increase, purchase of my current home, assistance with the purchase of a new home, with furnishings and of course stock options. After mulling the offer over with my wife I gave the company my answer, it was no. You see, I had just begun establishing myself as a company, and in contrast to my previous experience, this time I had the passion for what I was embarking on, and it was going to be my creation.

The decision to stay my course by creating my business and brand was a huge risk as I was heading into unchartered waters with no guarantees. With this, I also took ownership of not only the successes of our business but the failures too. I will not lie, the first ten years were difficult, we had many successes, and I also had many shortcomings. Today, twenty-four years later, we are doing well. However, if we’re not for the passion I discovered, along with my wife, I would not have ever made it this far.

Take the advice that is available to you. Analyze the information given, dissect it and determine what you can take away from it, what you should store for later, and what to discard.

One final note, I am still learning.

Bill Peeler is the President and CEO of The Peeler Group, Inc. he founded in 1995.

The ISDA Roadmap Checklists consists of 19 checkpoints separated into three stages:

  • Planning for Your Success
  • Growing Your Success
  • Managing and Enhancing Your Success

Supporting the Checklist are 38 online and downloadable documents.

Watch the Video and Download the ISDA Roadmap Checklist


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