Reverse Engineering Your Success

It’s always been interesting to me to me how everyone focuses with the end goal in mind. Mind you this is good, but it is not how you will accomplish your goal or task at hand. You need to reverse engineer what you want. Once you’ve mastered this one aspect, everything else will suddenly fall into place for you. Read on to see how…

What do I mean by reverse engineer?

As I said, you already know what you want to accomplish, that’s the easy part. In order to achieve your goals, you need to know how to get there. All the positive thinking in the world means absolutely nothing without proper and immediate implementation.

If your objective is to drive a car… what is the first step?

  • Many people will say you need to first start the engine. WRONG!
  • Some people will say you need to open the door. WRONG!

The first step to drive a car is first make the DECISION you want to drive the car and the the next action is to first have a car to drive… either one you own or someone elses. Once you have the car, you must then open the door, then sit down, now take the key put it into the ignition, turn the key, put the car into drive and then press the gas.

Remember.. the key was to drive a car.. not drive it well which takes a bit more explaining. 🙂 

Just as I have broken down how to drive a car, you must break down what it is you want to accomplish. Nothing is too small to leave out and everything starts with one thing and that is a decision that you want to do whatever it is.

Start Reverse Engineering your life and your business today. 


  1. Jay on January 8, 2006 at 4:35 pm

    Your Blog is excellent and very professionaly done. It is also very easy to navigate around.

    Good Job, and Best Wishes.

    Regards Jay Trybalski

  2. Steve Pohlit on January 8, 2006 at 6:22 pm

    Reverse engineering is very good advice. I would add to be specific as to the results you want and the timeline goal for achieving those results. For example, you may want to make a million dollars a month. But what business is going to drive that level of income and what will you as a measure of successful progress.

    PS There is one other thing to consider when deciding on a particular result – be sure you know why you want that result and the reason is compelling.

  3. admin on January 8, 2006 at 6:48 pm


    Great comment. You’re absolutely right, you have to have a very compelling reason. You can certainly be overwhelmed with reason why you SHOULDN’T do something, but in reality all you need is ONE GOOD REASON to do it.


  4. Jason Jantzi on January 9, 2006 at 12:24 am

    Great point about reverse engineering. I would just add that when considering complex objectives, it is useful to ask what circumstances would have to exist just prior to achieving the objective.

    Then, continue asking the same question as you move backward through the entire sequence of steps until you get to where you are now.

    This process gives you a detailed step by step plan to get to where you want to go.

  5. William Cato on November 6, 2006 at 2:48 am

    Nice point, and could be similar to modeling someone else who you may want to be like. You could reverse engineer the lives of the greats throughout history and try to take on characteristics that made them that way. I like to think about the fact that we are all made from the same stuff…