Have you ever wondered what separates successful and unsuccessful people? Many people say success is relative. It may mean one thing to you and something else to the next person. Getting a hold of what defines success for you is an important step toward achieving it. Nobody wants to go through life having not achieved anything they truly desired.
If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about how to establish a business, level up in your current career or even build more effective relationships. The most important thing to note is that you are central to what you want to achieve. Success begins with you. You need to possess a sense of purpose, whether that’s in business or your personal life.
If you’re going to succeed in business or other aspects of your life, you have to be intentional. You need to set clear and concise goals. More importantly, you truly have to be committed to achieving them. Even if it means starting from nothing. I can remember just 4 years ago, I had to fight my way to success without a house, a job or income. I was so determined to succeed and feel my family no one could stop me from hitting my goals.
Time is our most valuable asset and life waits for no one. You have to match the desire to succeed with a proper use of your time. Make every moment count.
What Makes You Tick?
What are you passionate about? Knowing the answer to this question is a giant leap to success. It is your passion that gives you an adrenaline rush. It makes you feel so pumped-up and ready to achieve anything. Identifying and understanding your passion creates opportunities for you and others to benefit.
You can have a passion for real estate, investing, acting or sport. Your passion becomes the avenue to achieve that success you crave. Think Serena and tennis, Beethoven and music or Bill Gates and computers. Everyone, including you, possess an innate skill or passion to explore. It’s quite simple to be a success when you love what you do.
If you have many interests, learn your strongest point and give it your best. Also, interests can be developed. You can actively learn valuable lessons from things that interest you. No one was born perfect. Even the best entrepreneurs had to learn a few more skills. Don’t let society put you in a box or define who you are. Spend some time thinking about your passions. As an entrepreneur, you have to be willing to acquire knowledge and new skills.
“Passion is energy. Feel the power that comes from focusing on what excites you.” – Oprah
Start and Stay Positive
Often described as the hardest part for entrepreneurs, beginning takes a lot of courage. You’re never going to know until you try. And until you make an effort to begin, success will remain a pipe dream. Your intentions are just that until you put them in motion. In other words, get moving. While it’s okay to feel apprehensive, you can’t let fear of the unknown hold you back.
Nothing good comes easy. The business empires and flamboyant lifestyles you admire took a beating to get there. Failing is part of the process. You must view it as a learning curve; a fact of life. But in your race to success, you can’t just accept it, it’s only a brick wall. What do you do with brick walls? You either run through them or go around them. Begin your business with a positive mindset. Remember, the end justifies the means.
Get Out of the Mind Trap
It’s okay to think and dream big. What’s not okay is becoming a perpetual dreamer. You’d build finer castles than the Buckingham Palace. Only this time, it’s all in your head. Picture this scenario, you want that house, a car, that business and that firm. You can almost smell the paint and feel the lush lawns.
You imagine your kids playing with their toys and your buzzer blaring as more clients want you. The portfolio is stacking up. You love it all. The good life. Just when it’s getting so much better, you wake up. Again, it’s all in your head.
Nothing kills faster than a regret of what might have been. I got out of this trap, so can you. I refused to stay stuck on thoughts of having it big. I literally picked myself up, focused on a growth mindset and went all in. If you don’t want to keep wishing, ‘I just want to be successful’, double down and apply your dreams.
Work Extra Hard
You’ve probably heard the phrase that says, ‘hard work doesn’t kill’. If you’re looking to attain success in life and business, work hard. It’s that simple. Roll up your sleeves, grab a positive outlook and get to work. Embedded in every success story is a grueling experience of sweat and grind. You’d be amazed at the number of hours entrepreneurs put in to achieve that elusive dream. Success has many factors including opportunity and luck. Working hard is the best way to prepare for that one opportunity that can change your life.
Hardwork is the bedrock of success. There’s no other way I’d be able to hit over 40 real estate deals in my first year as a real estate agent. Neither would I have earned the rookie of the year award in a brand new city with no family, friends, or network. Develop a mindset for hard work and persevere through all the challenges. You need a thick skin and a huge disdain for negativity. Whether that’s from you, life situations or people.
“There is no subsitute for hard work.” – Thomas A. Edison
Some people reach a level of success and stop growing. Like hardwork and perseverance, consistency reflects progress which can only lead to results. As an entrepreneur, you want to keep moving and achieving your business goals. If that takes a giant evolution, embrace it with both hands. Never stop growing or in most cases, looking to grow and expand.
Consistency involves habit and practice. You have to constantly aim to master what sets you apart from the competition. Sometimes our passion for what we love in life and business wear off. That’s not to say we hate it or want to give up. The fact is, we keep going not for the sake of it, but because more often than not, success is just a mile off.
Consistency means value. Value means you’re able to cater to more needs because people trust you to deliver. Again, you have to be committed to the cause. Whether that’s short-term or for the long run. Once you’ve nurtured this mindset, things will fall into place. As an investor and businessman, I’m still interested in habits that made me a success and branching out to other spheres of life keep me grounded and consistent.
Live, eat and breath success. Let everything you imagine spur you to greater heights and achievements. Don’t grab a chair to watch your life play out, take charge.