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Success Principles: Do/Learn/Refine

By: jwilder

Success is creating things that align with our purpose and benefit others.

The process of creating is something that we must do every day. It’s something that we enjoy and brings us fulfillment.

To achieve ever-increasing success we must adopt a process of ever-increasing improvement. The simplest process is Do/Learn/Refine.


When we start something new, the goal is to get the ideas out of our head and into some sort of physical (or digital) form. This step is critical because it gives us something to work with.


Once we have something to work with, we'll see the things that need to be improved.


Once we see the things the things that need to be improved, then we can start to refine it.


Over the years I have grown to have more faith in this process. In fact, I can say this article started twenty years ago, when I first started the process of creative expression. It has been a continuous process of Do/Learn/Refine.

What Holds us Back?

There is a risk in pushing the GO button. You don't want to learn how to drive in busy traffic. You probably shouldn't perform surgery before having many years of training.

That being said, we tend to make the risks way bigger than they are.

What is the risk of pursuing our dreams and not having a clear plan yet? Zero risk. So do, learn, refine.

Benefits of the Do/Learn/Refine Principle

Here is a quick list of the benefits of the Do/Learn/Refine principle.

  • Start sooner.
  • Start simple.
  • Learn by gaining feedback and insight.
  • Apply lessons learned.
  • Repeat the process.


I hope you got a little out of this article.

I will close this article with my definition of success. If this definition resonates with you, then I'm confident we can grow together.

"I believe the best definition of success is living a life of integrity while pursuing your dreams. Success is manifested by the daily creation of value that serves others."

To your success!

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James Wilder

I write about success principles and practices that help dreamers take action and achieve their goals! I believe that success is for anyone that truly desires it.


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