5 Ways to Make Success a Way of Life
From the very moment you’re brought into the world, (especially if you’re a cute baby) everyone is planning how successful you’ll be; how you’ll live your life.
The unfulfilled dreams and aspirations of your parents are projected onto you and you’re pressured to perform.
If you’re lucky, you’ll want the exact same thing as your parents, but if you’re like the other 99% of the people in the world, you’ll want to strike out on your own and decide exactly what success means to you and how you want to accomplish that.
I don’t know what it means to you, but I do know there are a few universal things you must start doing today if you ever want to take success from an intangible idea to something you can use to pay the bills and travel the world.
I’m going to outline a few of the things that are prerequisites to living an amazing life. If you don’t have them and can’t get them then you should give up right now (Honestly, most people reading this won’t take any action, but a few of you will and that’s who this post is for.)
I say this a lot and I know, it’s too harsh for some people, but you should also know by now that I don’t care about hurting feeling because your feelings need to be hurt sometimes.
You’re the only one that can define success for you and if you don’t turn off the voices inside and outside of your head then you’ve failed before you’ve even started.
This mentality, being able to drown the voices of doubt, is invaluable for you if you want to really do something meaningful with your life. Now, I don’t mean you should burn all bridges behind you. That may be the best option in some rare cases but most of the time it’s not.
What I mean is that you shouldn’t let the people who’re stuck in a rut, used to failing, or have broken dreams discourage you from pursuing your own goals.
Surround Yourself With People Doing Better Than You.
Your family has the first and most lasting impact on you during your developing years, but coming in a close second are the people you associate with; your friends.
Show me your five best friends and I’ll tell you who you are. Your peer group has a huge impact on what you accomplish in your life whether you accept it or not.
If you’re surrounded by deadbeats then, whether you like it or not, you’ll become a deadbeat.
I’m not advocating for you to abandon your friends that aren’t doing well, but you should expand your social circle to include people that can push you to work harder and go farther.
A group of people that can mentor you guide you and support you will make sure you go very far very fast.
It’s called a mastermind and every great man or woman throughout history has had one. Why do you think all heads of state have a type of advisory body?
In the US it’s called the Cabinet, in the UK they’re called ministers, and in corporations it’s called a board of directors.
Create your own and you’ll see just how far it will take you.
The best part is that successful people are more than happy to share their experience and knowledge with you.
All you need to do is reach out to them and show them you’re serious. Nothing more and nothing less. (VIP’s are not hard as hard to contact as you may think.)
I’ve talked about this before so I won’t touch on it in too much depth.
When I started out trying to make a few dollars online it took a while to click. I bought product after product that promised to make me a millionaire overnight.
Needless to say, it didn’t work out for me very well, but I didn’t give up because I was obsessed. I knew it was possible to make money online and I didn’t entertain the idea of giving up.
Let me give you a word of advice if you’re interested in starting your own online hustle.
There is no easy way to make it online, you’ll sweat, you’ll doubt, but if you stick with it and adopt it as an obsession, you’ll be a beast.
Try as much as possible to avoid the latest and greatest shiny new software out there, buy a few from people you trust and then consistently apply the strategies you learn. Eventually, you’ll get the hang of it and you’ll be happy you stuck with it.
In a study published by the LA Times in 2014, it was revealed that the average American home has over 300,000 items.
How many items do you need to function at your peak?
Not nearly as many as you think you do. I live a Spartan lifestyle, not because I have to, but because I want to and because it allows me to consistently function at my peak.
All I need are my computer, a table, pen and paper, a chair, and a bed. Everything else is a luxury.
I’m well aware that this kind of lifestyle isn’t for everybody and I only adopt it because I travel so much and there’s really no need for me to amass too many “things”.
What you should do instead is take stock of what’s necessary and what isn’t. Removing the excess will allow you to think and act more clearly and in a roundabout way, it’ll allow you to move closer to your goals of being a success.
If you’re having trouble getting started, take a look at the way I skyrocketed my productivity after taking a dose of my own medicine.
There is no such thing as success for an undisciplined man or woman. No matter what kind of skillset you have a natural affinity for, if you don’t train yourself and keep working at it then you’ll lose out in the long run.
Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard.
I write almost every day, but I only post once or twice a week. Why?
Well, sometimes I write for other publications and sometimes it’s because the writing I do is training for when I’m ready to publish something.
Do I always feel like writing? Hell no, but that’s how you separate the boys from the men. That’s how you develop discipline.
You work when you feel like it and when you don’t fell like it because you’re obsessed. You do it because you have a goal. You do it because that’s what it takes to achieve your own definition of success.
Discipline and consistency are the ingredients that create legends, are you equal to the task?
Success is never a mistake, you can work hard at it and eventually achieve it or you can hope and pray that it somehow falls at your doorstep.
I’m one of those practical people that believe anything worth achieving is worth working hard for. I’ve outlined five simple principles that when applied to your life. I mean really applied will help you achieve even the most elusive goal.
Let me know what else you’d add to the list in the comments.