John Addison’s Success Tips For ‘Living the Life You Desire’

UPDATED: April 13, 2020
PUBLISHED: June 26, 2017

In this passionate talk, John Addison asks an important question: When you think of all the dreams and goals you want to accomplish, at this very moment, are you where you want to be?

On a scale of 1-10, the answer is a 6 or 7 for most people, he says. But to increase that number, you have to constantly work toward the life you want—because if you accept what life gives you, that’s exactly what you’ll get.

Related: Life Is Too Short to Have Low Expectations

“People are designed for success, but something called life comes along and programs and conditions them for failure. Talk to a bunch of 5-year-olds, pick a school… they’ve got big dreams. But then something happens. They grow up. The world starts wearing those dreams down.” —John Addison

Related: Hear more great speakers at the next SUCCESS Live event Sept. 8-9 in Long Beach. Get your tickets here.

Explore more SUCCESS Talks videos by topic on SUCCESS magazine”s YouTube Channel, featuring thought-leaders, authors, entrepreneurs and respected researchers in the fields of human psychology, brain health, relationships and more, who share the tried-and-true tenets of human achievement and success.

Running time: 20:34

Filmed April 2017 at SUCCESS Live in Dallas

John Addison is the Leadership Editor for SUCCESS and the author of Real Leadership: 9 Simple Practices for Leading and Living with Purpose, a Wall Street Journal and USA Today best-seller. Renowned for his insight and wisdom on leadership, personal development and success, John is a sought-after speaker and motivator. Read more on his blog, and follow John on Facebook and Twitter.