How to be Successful

Being successful is hard. It’s tricky.

And time can pass by so fast that success can feel like it’s slipping through your fingers and you’ll never really feel like you have it.

But—and this is a big but: finding success is not complex. It’s actually amazingly, astoundingly simple.

And it’s fun to watch it grow in front of your eyes once you get started.

But one of your main obstacles to success is that you’re also wired to look for quick fixes, easy ways to do things. This is both a problem and a curse.

So let’s use that wiring to your advantage, shall we?

Take each of these tips and make it a daily habit. Practice, practice, practice.

Until all of these success rules are your life.

Resolve to Succeed

Colonel Sanders, the founder of KFC, said: “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

Resolve. Resolve to succeed, no matter what. We’ll talk about fear in a sec.

Forget That Magic Bullet

Magic? My ass!

There ain’t nothin’ magic about those magic bullets. They don’t exist. They’re a meer figure of your imagination.

But you’re looking for them, aren’t you? We all are.

An easy, quick, secret solution to success would be nice. But the fact is that constant dedication to success is the only road that leads to it.

Dwayne Johnson eats 6,000 calories every day. He works out for 4 hours. There is no magic bullet. He’s committed.  

Luckily, once you forget that bullet, you put yourself on that road to success.

Get Some PMA(Positive mental attitude)

People at the top and those that couldn’t be happier with their lives know all about the power of positive thinking.

Oh, that sneaky little PMA. It can revolutionize your life in every way.

Average people do nothing about their negative thoughts. Feed your mind with positive ones instead, and watch the shocking changes unfold.

Do Not be Afraid of Failing

You’ll lose money. Everything you have. You’ll embarrass yourself. You’ll get rejected. You’ll fail at business. You’ll make it, and then you’ll end up worse off in the end.

These are your fears. Almost everyone has them. If you don’t, you must be a very successful person already! Because successful people have failed and realized that IT’S ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL TO FAIL, in order to learn, improve and meet success.

And you have to admit them to beat them.

Be and Act in the Present

Stay in the present, look at the roofs of the buildings in the city. Stay here, and you’ll find success here. It seems almost metaphysical.

But it works.

If you quit thinking about the past, the future and everything that’s happening there, you’ll be focused on what you’re doing now, and how this present is the key to success.

Believe in Your Capacity for Success

If you don’t believe you can be rich, famous, happy, fulfilled and live that great life you want, it’s going to be hard to get there. But if you can dream it, you can do it. Walt Disney says so 😉

And he did some pretty awesome things with his life!

Ignore Discouragement

You aren’t the jackass whisperer.

Haha.

It be right! You don’t need to understand, convince or listen to those jackasses, dude/girl!

Haters always gonna hate. Ignore the crap out of them, is my advice.

Follow Your Intuition and Be Unique

Steve Jobs was a big fan of following your heart and intuition. “They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary,” he said

And then there’s being unique. The two are absolutely related. And they both involve you acting on them.

Do something that shows your crazy passion for what you do. Be obsessive (but not annoying). Step out and take chances. Break the rules. Do everything it takes to make it known that you’re the girl or guy for the job, with all the talent it takes to knock people’s socks off.

Ramit Sethi, the success coach, got a job offer from Google by sending the guy with the job he wanted an analysis every week. The guy eventually noticed, and when a position opened up, Ramit was the first person that popped into his head.

So When everyone else is zigging, how can you zag? What can you do today that will make you stand out as a clear winner?

Skip The Goal, Define a Theme

Yeah, a theme for your life.

Like “I’m going to provide value, and get compensated really well for it.”

So you wake up in the morning and create value for people, for yourself and your world.

Do what you do for the love of it, for what it means to you. It needs to be something you would want to do for free.

And as Oprah says, “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.”

Uf. The promotion/millions will be winging their way to you if you can do this right. And you can!

Get a Mentor

Mentors don’t always have to be people you sit down with. You can get a huge amount of benefit from the content you read online and in books.

If you email the author, thanking them for writing the book and telling them the specific ways it helped you, you’ll be cementing in that good they’ve provided you. And you’ll make their day, too.

What else is there to watch out for in the mentoring game?

  • Taking advantage of them in the wrong way. Don’t go into a mentoring relationship so you can get more work or money out of it. Optimize for learning. Don’t waste their time by asking questions you could easily search for in Google. Work hard. Concentrate on becoming world class and absorbing all the knowledge they provide you with.
  • Staying with a mentor that no longer serves you. If it’s not working, thank them and move on.
  • Appreciate the benefit it can provide you and be grateful. One call or email can literally save you years of struggling with a problem or dealing with the aftermath of a bad decision.

Oh, yeah, and we mustn’t forget:

 

Image courtesy of Martin Fisch, Tradlands and John Spade on Flickr.

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