Formula for Success: Really?

A Google search on the word, “Success” brings up more than 78,400,000 sites. Nearly 80 Million!  That says people are interested in success . . . and in having more of it. Regardless of what success means to you, and in what areas (financial, emotional, social, spiritual, physical, etc.), it’s within your reach, and a lot closer than you might think.

In mathematics, a formula is a fact, rule, or principle that is expressed in terms of mathematical symbols. In other words a formula is simple a recipe, thus will always give the same results always when followed properly. In this sense therefore the formula for success should always leads to one thing-SUCCESS. However, it is a well known fact that some people like to take some shortcuts and thus a recipe doesn’t normally produce the same results always.

The quest for success and the search for the golden ring have given us many “formula for success” and a few of the more interesting ones are as follows:


In an article by Johnny B. Truant, noted blogger and entrepreneur, he writes “I don’t have a formula for success. Folks, there is no magic formula that will work every time. I’ll be blunt: If you believe you can buy some “guru’s” product or my consulting, or any one thing — and be assured of success, you’re in for a rude awakening.” “The internet is filled with promises of; Do what I do and say (and pay my price) and you’re guaranteed riches.” But it’s a lie. It’s all a big lie. “There is one — and only one — true formula for success that actually works. Get your pen ready, because here it comes:”

The one and only one true formula for success

  1. Try.
  2. Repeat step 1 until the desired result is achieved.

“If things you’re currently trying fail, just get back up, dust yourself off, and try again.”


In the article ‘Formula for Success’ by Tolani Brendan Moseu he writes; “there are some principles of success (success is the maximum utilization of the ability that you have) that will always produce the same result when adhered to. My ‘Formula for Success is as follows:

“The formula for success = your human capital (what you know) times your social capital (who you know) times your reputation (who trusts you).”

This formula can be summarized as follows:


The following quote explains the formula in a nutshell:

You can have everything in life that you want if you will just help enough other people get what they want. — Zig Ziglar


In an article ‘Einstein’s Formula for Success’ by Pastor Tim Henry, he writes; “the other day I printed out a paper called Einstein’s Formula for Success by Ron White for my 11 year old son. Einstein has always been kind of a hero for him. People pick different heroes. My son picked Einstein.  And as a result, I have been able to teach him a number of valuable lessons about life by relating (Einstein Humor here!) his life and theories to everyday situations. This morning I found this quote about not trying to be a success…by Albert Einstein.

“Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value.” — Albert Einstein

Einstein has this formula for Success. He had a formula for most everything…except where to find a comb, apparently. And the formula goes like this: Einstein said,

If ‘A’ equals success, then the formula is: A=X+Y+Z. where; X is work, Y is play, Z is keep your mouth shut.”

I know. I Know. It’s algebra. But it’s not quantum physics or anything. We’ll get through it…here…take my hand…. ‘A’ is success. And to get success, ultimately, Einstein said that you needed the sum total of three elements. First, you measure each of the three elements…work;  play;  keep your mouth shut….and you combine them in such a way to produce ‘A’ (success). Easy enough.

99 parts WORK (X) + 1 part PLAY (Y) + 0 parts SILENCE (Z) = A (Success).

See…we’ve done it!  Except…is that Success to you? Working 99 percent of the time…? Never shutting up????  So although Einstein gave us this formula, he didn’t tell us what particular ‘mix’ was right for each of us. 


In an article ‘The  4+2 Formula For Success’ by Tahl Raz, he  writes: “Why do some succeed while others fail? Author Nitin Nohria says he’s found the answer. The Harvard Business School professor, Nitin Nohria, recently concluded an exhaustive study of 160 companies in 40 different industries over two five-year periods in an attempt to answer the most basic question in business: Why do some companies flourish while others fail?

The answer, he found, is as ‘simple as 4+2’. Success, Nohria and co-authors William Joyce and Bruce Roberson argue in the new book ‘What Really Works: The 4+2 Formula for Sustained Business Success’, requires managers to implement four primary fundamental business practices;

“The 4+2 formula”: strategy, execution, culture, organization; and two of four secondary ones –talent, leadership, innovation, mergers & partnerships.

It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in or what macroeconomic circumstances you face: Successful companies, Nohria says, invariably are those that employ the “4+2 formula.”                                    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

In an article ‘Formula To Achieve Success’ by Patric Chan, entrepreneur, he writes; “The formula is simple. When you are working, you must have in mind that ultimately what you want to achieve from your job or business is this: Workless, earn more.  Here’s the formula: 

“Assuming you are working 8 hours a day and you are getting ‘X’ result (X can be any amount of money you are getting now.)  Where most people failed to achieve success is,

they try to earn X + Y (Y can be any amount of extra money you want to get) without finding a way to workless first. In another words, finding a way to work less while still getting ‘X’ result.  In a nutshell;”

First step: Work 8 hours (or whatever your existing working hours are) and get X result. 

Second step:  Find ways to work 6 hours (workless) and still get X result. 

Third step: Work 8 hours again but get X + Y results. 

“Once you achieve this, your next step is to find ways on how to achieve X + Y results by working only 6 hours instead of 8 hours. Once you find that, only than you can think about getting Z result (Z can be any amount of extra money you want to have). So, repeat the whole process: Once you achieve this, congratulations. “


In an article ‘Success Formula’ by Coach John G. Agno, he writes; “Over the years, I have discovered success is powered by three things: know-how, reputation and a network of contacts. That’s it. That’s the secret.

The formula for success = your human capital (what you know) times your social capital (who you know) times your reputation (who trusts you).


In an article ‘Formula for Success’ by Brian Tracy, one of the great personal development teachers, he writes “You have to put in many, many, many tiny efforts that nobody sees or appreciates before you can achieve anything worthwhile.”

Step 1.  Select an Item: Select one of the most important things in your life in which you have a burning desire to be successful. 

Step 2.  Identify the Little Things: Make a list of as many little things as you can think of that will play a role in helping you achieve your desired results.

Step 3.  Get Started: Organize and prioritize your list of these little things. 

Step 4.  Give Your Best: Strive for excellence as you begin to focus on each item on your list. 

Step 5.  Expand Your List: Continue to look for little things you can add to your list.

You can be successful at anything that is important to you, if you will focus on the little things that matter.


In an article ‘The Formula for Success’ by Keji Giwa, internationally, recognized expert in career and personal success, he writes; “Failure is only a word, how you see it determines its effects on you” Now remember this: Success is always a constant which is equal to 1. Success = 1 (Always a constant). I will prove this to you soon.

The formula for Success is = (Trial – Failure) to the power of ‘e’; Where ‘e’ = Experience!1. Let failure be your compass.
2. Always remember, rejection is not personal, it is direction.
3. If I try today and fail, I am one step closer to my glory because my failed attempts actually count towards my success formula.

“If I told you that it will take a 1000 failed attempts before you became a billionaire, would you stop at the 998th attempt? Change your mind-set today”

“Failure is the best thing that ever happened to me because when I prepare for failure, I avoid it, learn from it, and then succeed!”

In an article ‘formula for success’ the author writes;  “Playing to your strengths in business is where your profits lie—but how do you focus on those strengths that will make you money? It’s a question that has baffled businesses for hundreds of years until economist and sociologist Vilfredo Pareto spotted a recurring pattern in his studies in 1906. From his observations he developed a potent business formula that empowers managers to improve the fortunes of their businesses.”

“Like all good rules, it’s short, sharp to the point. It states that 80% of our results come from 20% of our activity.

That’s it! Applying this formula to your business will help you save time, effort, and resources—plus make you money as well.”