In a previous article, we said that becoming successful takes time. However, we highlighted some things you need to note while on your journey to success.
Here are more things that will help you through:
1. Almost everything in life is a distraction: “You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.” — Greg McKeown. You really can’t put a price-tag on certain things. They are beyond a particular value to you. You’d give up everything, even your life, for those things, like your relationships and personal values. You should never exchange something priceless for a price. Keeping things in proper perspective allows you to remove everything non-essential from your life. It allows you to live simply and more focused, and to avoid dead-ends.
2. Focus is today’s I.Q.: We live in the most distracted era of human history. The internet is a double-edged sword. Like money, the internet is neutral, and it can be used for good or bad based on who uses it. One of the biggest challenges to constant distraction is that it leads to “shallow” rather than “deep” thinking, and shallow thinking leads to shallow living. The Roman philosopher Seneca may have put it best 2,000 years ago: “To be everywhere is to be nowhere.”
3. Don’t seek praise, seek criticism: It’s easy to get praise when you ask family and friends who will tell you exactly what you want to hear. Instead of seeking praise, your work will improve if you seek criticism. How could this be better? You will know your work is credible when someone cares enough to give unsolicited critique. If something is noteworthy, there will be haters. As Robin Sharma, author of The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari, has said, “haters confirm greatness.”
4. The world gives to the givers and takes from the takers: If you want more, you make and give more. Thus, helping others actually helps you because it makes the system as a whole better. It also builds relationships and trust and confidence. Always give. Don’t hoard your ideas, resources, or information.
5. Create something you wish already existed: Many entrepreneurs design products to “scratch their own itch.” Actually, that’s how loads of problems are solved. You experience a difficulty and create a solution. Musicians and artists approach their work the same way. They create music they’d want to listen to, draw painting they’d want to see, and write books they wish were written. Your work should first and foremost resonate with yourself. If you don’t enjoy the product of your work, how can you expect other people to?
6. Don’t look for the next opportunity: The perfect client, perfect opportunity, and perfect circumstances will almost never happen. Instead of wishing things were different, why not cultivate what’s right in front of you? Rather than waiting for the next opportunity, the one in your hands is the opportunity. As Jim Rohn said, “Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge, wish for more wisdom.”
7. Don’t wait to start: If you don’t purposefully carve time out every day to progress and improve — without question, your time will get lost in the vacuum of our increasingly crowded lives. Before you know it, you’ll be old and withered — wondering where all that time went. Life is short. Don’t wait for tomorrow for something you could do today.
8. How you set up the game is more important than the game itself: “People may spend their whole lives climbing the ladder of success only to find, once they reach the top, that the ladder is leaning against the wrong wall.” — Thomas Merton. How you set up the game determines how you play. And it’s better to win first, and then play. How does this work? Start from the end and work backwards. Rather than thinking about what’s plausible, or what’s expected, or what makes sense — start with what you want. Or as Covey put it in 7 Habits, “Begin with the end clearly in mind.” Once that’s nailed down, then dictate the daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly behaviours that will facilitate that.
9. Leverage your position: No matter how small your wins along the way are, leverage your position! There are people you already know who have information you need, who have capital you can use, who can connect you with people you should know. Instead of wanting more, how about you utilize what you already have? Until you do, more won’t help you. Actually, it will only continue hurting you until you learn to earn something for yourself. It’s easy to want other people to do it for you. But real success comes when you take ownership. Your current position is ripe with abundant opportunity. Leverage on it.
10. Five minutes is a lot of time: When you have five minutes of down-time, how do you spend that time? Most people use it as an excuse to rest or laze. By lazing for 5 five minute breaks each day, we waste 25 minutes daily. That’s 9,125 minutes per year (25 X 365). How we spend our periodic five minute breaks is a determining factor to what we achieve in our lives. Every little bit adds up.