October 4, 2012

Are firstborns destined to be more successful than their siblings?

10 science of success breakthroughs for motivational speakers to share with their audience

Motivational Speakers – Wrap your head around these 10 Success Breakthroughs

I just read a great blog post from the Braintrack blog site – The 10 Biggest Breakthroughs in the Science of Success.

If you want the skinny, you can check it out below (here’s the full article) – my comments are slightly irreverent. (Definitely leaning more to the cheeky side than to the scornful side). Based on my own work around success, I happen to concur with most of what the folks from Braintrack have put forward.

Of course, success is different for everyone. So, defining it is difficult and then road-mapping a plan to achieve it is just as difficult. Success to you means something totally different than it does to me. I suppose that’s the joy of being human – nothing is simple.

  1. The difference between firstborns and secondborns. According to Belgian researchers, firstborn children are superior to second born.  Ye gads, now I know why my elder brother, Bruckner is in charge of a company and I’m (barely) in charge of me.
  2. Success breeds more success. Duh!
  3. Practice really does make perfect. And there, I thought practice makes permanent.
  4. The biology of risk taking. Evidently it is all in the hormones.
  5. The role of praise in achievement. Don’t do too much of it.
  6. Using the “if then” plan. Sounds like a plan.
  7. Visualising success is for suckers. Thank you … finally someone got it. I like the hard work, taking action model.
  8. Many heads can be better than one. Yup, just ask Medusa.
  9. Potential matters more than success. That’s what I tell my dates: “Invest in my potential”. When they see my clapped out Datsun, they find it difficult to keep a straight face. Jeez, so judgmental.
  10. Looking to the future is more important than looking to the past. Mmm … it’s really fulfilling to tell people that I was the 1981 Jukskei champion (for non-South Africans – it is a game similar to horseshoe throwing).

For all the motivational speakers out there: can you top any of these Science of Success breakthroughs?

3 Comments on “Are firstborns destined to be more successful than their siblings?

motivational speakers Brisbane
November 8, 2012 at 3:30 am

It usually happens. Our elders usually wants us to do better from what have they done. Well, its somewhat a motivation for us to achieve higher but some forces us to do things we do not want to do and put pressure unto our shoulders. Remember that we have different perspective to achieve goals in life.

Jacques van der Merwe
October 31, 2013 at 9:54 am

Hmmm….interesting! Here is my take on it:

1)The difference between firstborns and secondborns:
Superior in what sense? My eldest son is technically far superior to my middle one, and the middle one is much more creative and a better entrepreneur. The oldest one is a bit more shy, but more responsible. The middle one has more prowess when it comes to relationships…. From the hundreds of people that I have mentored, one can gather that there are a plethora of factors like opportunity, talent, humility, boldness, education, background, nlp and many others that determine how successful the person is, and even then, success is a different thing to every other person.
2) Success breeds more success:
Well, mostly success happened either by sheer luck (the harder you practice the more lucky you will become, says Gary Player et al), or by having a vision for what exactly you would describe as success, determining how badly you want it, then working out a step by step plan to get there and then following those steps so consistently that it borders on being boring. By doing that, you will achieve some measure of success every single day. Repetitive tasks and occurrences get stored by the brain into your subconscious mind, and thus your entire being will know only success. Therefore, they are correct, success breeds success.
3)Practice really does make perfect:
You commented that practices makes permanent. I concur, and practice causes the programming of the subconscious mind. The subconscious mind does not discriminate between good and bad programming. Thus one could change that statement to “Practicing Bad makes one perfectly Bad” or “Practicing Good makes one perfectly Good”
4)Using the “if then” plan: Yep….
5)Visualising success is for suckers:
Well, this one is interesting…you see…if you don’t have a vision of your success, you wont have direction in life, because you will not have a reason for being here. The whole world is built on vision. The Israelites trekked through the desert after their vision of Kanaan, Bill Gates had a vision that every PC in the world should use DOS, The politicians we vote for sell us a vision of a better country, heck…even your insurance policy shows a vision of your family being financially secure when you die. But that is where the tyre hits the road…if you aren’t willing to go after that vision, live it, think it, visualise it…you wont be spurred on to make the hard yards to get there, meaning you don’t want it enough…
6)Many heads can be better than one: I concur, subject to at least one head being logical and reasonable and at least one head being the conscience of the group….so, theoretically one can say that the larger the group, the better chance of success….well, history has proven otherwise!
7)Potential matters more than success:
Well, I would critique the wording here…seeing that the goal posts for success are moving continually, and seeing that change is constant, the most successful people increasingly realize that even vast success can not always be described as ultimate success. Therefore, as long as they realise that, they will remain driven achieve even more. In the past, one could probably have agreed, but not nowadays…so, I would change the wording to this: “Potential being tapped matters more than non-ultimate success”
8)Looking to the future is more important than looking to the past:
Hmmm, yes, if you are facing the past, your back is facing the future, which is not good. It is never good to face or look at the past. I would say, since the past is nearly always weaved into the colour of the sunglasses that we use to look at the future, one needs to take the lessons from the past and apply them to the way you conduct your future.

Jacques de Villiers
November 1, 2013 at 4:59 pm

Thanks for taking time to write out this comprehensive comment, Jacques. It is much appreciated


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