Apart from working hard towards having a successful life, I love studying success because I always want to know what it takes to be successful. Furthermore, I study success to check if successful people faced the same challenges I’m facing.
One thing I learned from my journey and studying success is that achieving success is tough. Besides this, I also realized the four PROVEN truths about success.
- Personal Development is Essential for Success
Not all successful people went through personal development before they succeeded. However, most of them agree that they read and listened to personal development books and tapes. For example, Sara Blakely (Net worth – $ 1.03 Billion) revealed that she loved listening to Wayne Dyer’s personal development tapes.
Personal Development leads to success because it results in self-knowledge, self-awareness, the identification and development of talents, self-confidence, and a positive mindset. Besides this, it enables individuals to know what success requires from them hence making the journey shorter.
‘Personal Development is a Major Time Saver. The Better You Become, the Less Time it Takes to Achieve Your Goals.’ – Brian Tracy.
‘Growth is the great separator between those who succeed and those who don’t. When I see a person beginning to separate themselves from the pack, it’s because of personal development.’ – John Maxwell.
- Mentors Make The Journey Easier and Shorter
Mentors make the journey easier and shorter because they enable you to realize what you have to do to meet success. For this reason, it’s hard to make mistakes when you have a mentor.
As an aspiring blogger and author, I realized that my journey is a little bit tougher because I lack a mentor. It dawned on me that I have to look for a mentor so that he/she can guide me on how to make my blog successful because I waste a lot of time trying to pinpoint the best tactics for growing my blog.
Besides this, I also realized that I needed a mentor after knowing that many successful people had individuals who guided them on their journey to greatness. For instance, Warren Buffet (Networth – $ 82.6 Billion) was mentored by Benjamin Graham, Tony Robbins (Net worth $ 480 Million) was mentored by Jim Rohn, who was mentored by Earl Shoaff.
- It Might Take Long Before We Meet Success
After reading biographies of successful people in various careers, I realized that it takes 4 to 10 years of hard work for one to meet success. For some, it takes a short period of time, but to most, it takes long before they see the first signs of success.
Therefore, as go-getters, we must not expect to meet success as soon as we start chasing our dreams. However, we must realize that success will eventually arrive if we’ll never quit. One thing I also realized is that all the people who wanted to succeed, and worked towards success, eventually succeeded. That being the case, we just have to be patient and confident that we’ll meet success.
The best way to be patient and to persevere when our success seems to take long is to forget about the outcome for a while and focus on improving our skills and providing immense value through our work.
- Mistakes are Part of the Journey
No one starts as an expert, and therefore be ready to make hundreds of mistakes on the journey to greatness. Mistakes are unavoidable because the journey is mostly based on trial and error as we never know the exact path to success.
For this reason, at some point in your journey, you will realize that you’ve been doing things the wrong way. Don’t beat yourself up; mistakes are part of the journey.
Recently, when I decided to read my posts, I realized that they had several mistakes. My English is poor, and some of my posts lack good sentence flow. I don’t regret making these mistakes because they make me eager to learn more about writing. Also, I understand that every successful person made mistakes on his journey. However, I’m working on making me a better writer.
Listen to Beyonce’s advice on making mistakes.
Therefore, we must always strive to learn from our mistakes and avoid being angry at ourselves when we make them. Mistakes are part of the journey, and we grow from them.
Besides this, we must embrace personal development, and strive to find a mentor who will guide us towards our final destination.
Finally, we have to be aware that success might take longer than we expect, and for this reason, we must practice loving the journey and forgetting about the outcome.
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Top 6 Reasons Most People Can’t Persevere on the Journey to Success
Perseverance refers to the ability to work persistently towards one’s goals despite facing difficulties.
After studying successful people for five years, I realized they all persevered since they never gave up despite facing obstacles. Nothing stopped them from working towards their dreams.
Besides successful folks, we can also persevere, but most people can’t because of the following reasons.
1.People Don’t Study Success
Studying success enlightens you that difficulties, failure, or discouragement are part of the journey hence enabling you to work in spite of their presence. Moreover, studying success shows you that only those who persist succeed hence motivating you to persevere.
2.The Lack of Self-Confidence
Most people can’t persevere because they lack self-confidence. They doubt their abilities and skills and give up easily when they face obstacles.
Successful people persevered because they believed in themselves. They believed they could overcome obstacles and thus continued working towards their goals when obstacles arrived.
3.The Myth of Overnight Success
The myth of overnight success has resulted in the inability to persevere because it makes people think success comes easily. This myth has made aspirers believe success arrives soon after they start working towards it. For this reason, most aspirers give up when they realize that they’ll have to work for a long period and overcome several difficulties before success arrives.
4.People focus on the Outcome
Most individuals can’t persevere because they focus on the outcome. It’s hard to persevere when you focus on the results because it usually takes long before we get the results we expect. People who persevere, focus on the process instead of the results. They know they’ll get the results they want if they forget about them and work on their skills.
5.The Lack of Passion
People who hate their work seldom persevere because they focus on results and misinterpret difficulties. Furthermore, they easily get bored with their work hence making it difficult to work when they face obstacles. Conversely, passionate people persevere because they are obsessed with their work and perceive difficulty as a chance for growth.
6.Focusing on the Possibility of Failure
Focusing on the possibility of failure prevents people from persevering because it discourages them from working towards their goals when they face difficulties.
Most successful people focused on success: they believed they’ll succeed no matter what, and this belief motivated them to continue working in spite of discouragement.
It’s easier for people to work towards their goals when everything is going well. However, most people get discouraged when the going gets tough. The ability to work when it gets tough is what sets successful people apart. We must, therefore, master the art of perseverance.
If you don’t give up you can’t fail.’ – Menna Vaan Praag, Successful Author
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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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