Art Williams (Net Worth – 3. 5$ Billion) is the founder of A. L. Williams & Associates.
In 1987, he gave a powerful speech which is considered one of the greatest motivational speeches ever. In the speech, he revealed the primary factors that result in winning in business.
I always listen to the speech because it motivates me to take action, and also reminds me about the things I must continuously do for me to succeed. Below are 8 success lessons I learned from the speech
- It’s Impossible to Win in Business if You Don’t Possess Mental Toughness
Success in business requires positivity, the ability to focus, and self-confidence. People who lack these qualities seldom succeed in business because they fall for distractions and give up during hard times. Mentally tough people succeed because they can persevere the difficulties they face in businesses since they are positive, focused, and self-confident.
- A College Degree in Business is Not Worth The Paper It’s Written On
According to Art Williams, a degree in business is unimportant as most business professors have no business experience because, as he puts it, “they deal with a bunch of theory.”
I support Art Williams because I have a business degree and I’ve never seen its importance in the business world. The business world needs experience and not papers. No matter how many degrees you have, you need experience for you to succeed in business. For this reason, an individual without a business degree but has business experience is more likely to win in business than a person with 100 business degrees and zero business experience.
Furthermore, many people who succeed in business don’t have business degrees because these degrees prepare students for employment. You can’t succeed in business by being prepared for employment and being taught by someone who has never been in business.
- Artificial Things are not the Key to Winning in Business
Today, many people think that for an individual to succeed in business, she must have artificial things such as a high I.Q, and a college degree. Little do they know that the inner qualities of an individual are the primary determinants of winning in business.
- To Succeed You Must Get Excited
According to Art Williams, only the people who get excited about the journey to success succeed. Excitement makes you do things passionately and enthusiastically hence making it impossible for you to give up. It also makes you work hard because you become obsessed with whatever you are doing.
Furthermore, excitement leads to success because it attracts people who are willing to help you achieve your dreams. Therefore, GET EXCITED.
- Become a Dreamer
Art Williams agrees that having a dream is a key to winning.
I also believe that having a dream makes you win because a dream inspires you to work hard and achieve big things. My dream always makes me excited and obsessed with working hard because I know that I will be the happiest person in the world if I live the life of my dreams. Moreover, it makes me work even when I don’t feel like working and enables me to embrace obstacles knowing that they are necessary for success.
- Believe You Can
If you believe YOU CAN’T you will fail because the subconscious mind always attracts situations that match with your thoughts. Besides this, believing YOU CAN’T will result in you wrongly interpreting obstacles since you will see them as proof that you can’t achieve your goals.
Therefore, for you to win, you must believe YOU CAN.
- If You Want to Win You Will Be Controversial
If you want to win you will be controversial because you will have to do things that many people don’t. You will have to believe in achieving big things, and you will have to come up with unique products or services that people have never seen. For this reason, people will doubt your success.
- You Need a Firm Spiritual Life for you to Succeed in Business
Spiritual practices such as meditation can influence success in business because they clear the mind hence leading to right decisions. Besides this, embracing a spiritual life leads to inner peace that helps an individual succeed because a person with inner peace never worries when she meets obstacles on the journey to success.
You can check out my article, Does Spirituality Influence Financial Success for a detailed explanation of how spirituality influences financial success.
Hope the article helped. Thanks for reading.
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5 Powerful Reasons Why Passion is a Key to Success
I once believed that we don’t need passion to succeed. However, when I started blogging, I realized that passion is a key to success. I noticed that my passion for blogging made me write articles consistently.
Besides this, my research on successful people enlightened me that successful people are passionate about their jobs. They work 24/7 because they enjoy and love their work.
These findings forced me to think deeply about the relationship between passion and success hence making me realize that passion leads to success because it:
1.Makes it Hard for You to Give Up
It will be hard for you to give up on something when you are passionate because you won’t care about the results. You’ll only care about doing your thing, and you’ll do it even when you don’t get the desired results. For instance, if you love singing, you’ll continue singing even when you only have 5 views on Youtube.
2.Makes You a Hard Worker
Passion makes you work more hours because it makes you obsessed with your work. You’ll want to work whenever you find time because you love your work. Besides this, when you are passionate, you’ll work long hours because you won’t be able to tell the difference between work and play. For you, working will be playing.
3.Changes Your Attitudes Towards Difficulties
People who aren’t passionate about their jobs have a negative attitude towards obstacles. They either see them as threats or messages from the universe that they’ll never succeed.
However, passionate people perceive obstacles as an opportunity for growth. They are always eager to overcome them, and they believe they’ll become better at their craft after overcoming obstacles.
4.Prevents You From Wasting Time
If you do what you love, you’ll be obsessed with work because you’ll be excited about it. For this reason, you’ll want to spend most of your time working, and you’ll avoid wasting time on useless activities such as gossiping or liking and commenting on Facebook posts all day.
Passion leads to obsession, which breeds focus. Focus leads to success because it increases the quality of your work as it makes you more skilled and knowledgeable. Besides this, focus prevents you from making mistakes and breeds consistency hence increasing your chances of succeeding.
People who don’t like their jobs seldom succeed because they mostly focus on getting things done. Moreover, they never reach great heights because they usually lack the motivation to improve their skills. However, passionate people have high chances of succeeding because passion increases focus, motivates them to work hard, and changes their attitude towards difficulties. And, lastly, it makes them want to work all the time hence forcing them to avoid time wasting activities.
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5 Powerful Success Lessons We Can Learn From Benjamin Franklin
I admire Benjamin Franklin because he succeeded in many fields. He was a successful politician, author, inventor, scientist
After studying his life for a while, I realized powerful success lessons we can learn from this Great Man
‘From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books.’ – Benjamin Franklin
Many successful people believe that reading breeds success because it leads to the accumulation of knowledge useful for succeeding. Maybe Benjamin Franklin knew this because he read a lot. He loved reading so much that he read his father’s religious texts because they were the main books his father possessed. His obsession with reading forced his father, Josiah Franklin, to apprentice him to a printer. Many scholars agree that his reading habit played a great role in making him a great man.
2.Never Ever Wait For The Right Moment
If you want to do something, do it. Never wait for the universe to perfectly arrange things for you before you take action
In 1721, Benjamin Franklin’s brother founded a newspaper. Benjamin Franklin became highly interested in participating in the newspaper, but he believed his position would prevent his brother from allowing him to write. However, instead of waiting for his brother’s permission, he wrote letters and anonymously placed them in his brother’s print shop. People liked the letters so much that they wanted to know him.
Benjamin Franklin never waited for the right moment. He took action when he had an idea and his audacity paid off.
3.Associate With People With Similar Interests
You can progress quickly if you associate with people with similar interests because these folks will help you learn a lot about your field.
Benjamin Franklin knew this principle because he formed an association of aspiring artists and entrepreneurs when he was 21 years old. The association enabled Benjamin to become a better artist and businessman as its members regularly discussed
4.Failure is Inevitable
All successful people including Benjamin Franklin failed on their way to success. Despite becoming one of America’s founding fathers, some of Benjamin Franklin’s political proposals were ignored. Furthermore, despite becoming a well-known author, some of his publications failed.
Benjamin Franklin understood that failure is part of success, and he continued writing and formulating more political proposals. He eventually became a successful politician and author.
5.Work, Work and Work
It’s said that Benjamin Franklin was obsessed with work. His biography reveals how he woke up early to work long hours. Besides this, some of his famous quotes such as ‘laziness makes things difficult, and hard work makes things easier’ proved he believed in a strong work-ethic.
Benjamin Franklin knew that his strong work-ethic played a huge role in making him succeed. In his famous essay, The Way to Wealth, he wrote, ‘If You Are Hardworking, You Will Never Starve.’
Just like other successful folks, Franklin was an ordinary individual who adopted the features of successful people. We can also adopt these features to guarantee a marvelous future.
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