Today I want to talk about my seven habits for success and how I might be thinking about life differently than you. I’ve built multiple successful businesses in my life and it wasn’t just a one hit wonder.
I think part of the reason is the way I approach things and the habits that I’ve built up. So let’s get into it the 7 habits for success.
1. Take Ownership
Take ownership of your life, take responsibility and stop blaming other people, just accept that everything is under your control. If something’s not going right stop blaming people, attacking other people and pointing fingers. The way to think about this is, that you’re the CEO of your own life. CEO’s have no one to blame except themselves.
There’s no one to go to and that’s really the way to think about your life as well. I think a lot of people like to just point their fingers at someone else and say, well I failed because it was my parents fault, they didn’t put me in to the right school or my teachers didn’t teach me the right thing or it was my friends who got me onto drugs, it was my boss who wouldn’t give me a promotion, and that’s why I’m stuck in a rut.
And when you say that it makes you feel good about yourself and you can just rest there thinking, well you’re superior, you were perfect and it was that other person’s fault. But in the end, you should understand that everything is truly under your control.
You know if your parents didn’t raise you right then it was your responsibility to make sure that you were raised properly. Go get the education or whatever it is that you need to, find a mentor if the teachers didn’t teach you the right things. If your boss didn’t give you a promotion, try to find out why. Communicate, gather feedback which means that you’re on the same page. The key to understand is that you need to take ultimate responsibility for everything that’s happening in your life. If anyone’s going to be responsible it’s going to be you.
I had this experience in Grad school, where we were working on the team project, people were starting to cry because the team dynamics weren’t going very well but for my own work I was doing great on an individual level and I was thinking well I’m not going to be responsible for any of these other people if the project fails, it’s going be that person’s fault or that other person’s fault they didn’t do their work but at least me I got my stuff done. But In the end, I had to understand that the success of the entire project was also my own responsibility.
Because I had every ability to influence the direction of that project I could influence the team dynamics, I could have helped motivate other people to do more, there was definitely more I could have done instead of just focusing on my own individual portion.
So this is about understanding that you need to expand your own influence, expand what you believe is to be under your domain of control and to make sure that whatever you’re involved in succeeds even if it involves doing something above and beyond what is assigned to you on an individual level. So that’s step number one, take ownership to take responsibility of your life and blame nobody but yourself.
2. Learn To Accept Failure
I’m not afraid to look like an idiot and I’m not very showy. I’m not going around others showing them how successful I am, and I think that that is a key trait of being a successful person is not playing the game where you have to keep your appearances up because as soon as you start playing that game, then you need to make sure that you’re always appearing successful, then it may not possible for you to start making mistakes anymore and making mistakes is a key part of success
Oftentimes you may need to fail 10 times or maybe even a hundred times, but you only need one success to make it all worthwhile and so that’s why it’s important to not be afraid of failure, to be ready to fail, and when you fail, to understand.
Those are expensive lessons that you are learning from so that you don’t make the same mistakes again as you go forward. You’re only getting better each time and really the main point here is to stay humble, be ready to get thrown into the dirt a few times and you know as soon as you start going around thinking that you’re better than everybody else you start walking around with really good looking clothes and then you get thrown into the dirt. Failure is a part of life, learn from your mistakes and continue pushing forward.
3. Continuously Learn
A lot of people think that what they learned in school will get them through the rest of their lives and I think that’s why many people don’t go as far as they should be going. For me, what I learned in college was only the basic bare fundamentals and many things that I did later on like starting my own business, I was really only able to accomplish because I continued to teach myself new things, new programming languages, new technologies new software design systems, and new frameworks.
After a while, you’ll find that you’re going to have to start learning other things too, like how to invest etc, things that will take you to the next step up. Even in your job, you might find that a lot of what you need to do is going to be data or metrics related and then you need to understand things like probability statistics and these things you may not have a very solid understanding of.
It really helps to understand that that’s websites like brilliant.org that can help you to continue to learn even beyond school and they do it in a very fun creative way. They have really great courses taught by excellent professors and they have topics on things like computer science fundamentals, algorithms probability, statistics machine learning, artificial intelligence, quantitative finance and a whole array of other topics.
4. What You Do At 8pm Matters
Think about what you’re spending your time doing at 8pm every evening. The reason being is because what you do at this time will determine where you will be 10 years from now. I think that that evening time is when you start planning about your future, in reality, we don’t have that much time and the short amount of time that we do have we need to use wisely and the key to remember is that you don’t actually need that much time to get something.
Do you know if you were to put four hours of good work at 8pm to midnight every single day it will elevate your life to a whole new level. Or you can just spend your time like the masses do, watching TV, playing videos games, and so forth
But you can expect that that’s going to be your future as well, not much is going to change. Think about what you’re doing at 8pm every evening and make sure that aligns with the goals that you’ve set out for yourself to achieve.
5. Success Is A Lonely Road While Failure Is Crowded Highway
Success is often a lonely road. I know you want to go hang out with your friends, go chatting on Facebook, go to the movies, go join all those events and parties, and go to the meetups, that’s all great and you should do those things if you want to but you should understand that now all those people are going to be on the road to being average because who you spend time with is who you become.
Some of your greatest accomplishments will be done alone. Sometimes there’s just no room for anybody else. When you’re interviewing at the company you don’t go there with all your friends it’s just you and you need to get used to that now.
That’s not to say that getting along with other people, teamwork and maybe co-founding companies with other people or your friends is not a bad thing, I mean those are great, you can do that too and that’s another path that you can take.
But I think it’s important to also remember that many aspects of success are going to be done alone, be your own individual power and you need to get used to that sometimes.
Sometimes I’ll see groups of friends just doing really silly things like they’ll start walking around together in the rain although if you take a look at each person individually they probably would not have walked around in the rain alone on their own. You know they say that groups are friends that act very similar, so if you have a bunch of friends who have very unhealthy lifestyles and like to overeat then chances are over time that’s going to happen to you too, so you want to be careful about who you spend consistent time with on a daily basis, as it does influence where you end up and who you ultimately become.
6. The Last 10 % Is The Hardest – Finish It
So what I like to keep in mind is to try to finish the projects that I began. You know it’s very easy to quit and just know that every time you’re quitting you’re doing what everybody else is doing. Very few people are able to take something to completion but remember it’s that last 10% that really brings a project home that gets you that impact and you need to remember to allocate enough time and resources to finish a project.
7. Know Why You Want It
Internal motivation is one of the major keys to success. I did well in school but the funny thing is that my parents never pushed me very hard at all and at any time they let would me play video games as long as I wanted to, I would spend eight hours a day playing video games sometimes, and over time it was through my own understanding, my own internal motivation that I was able to learn.
I need to be studying I need to be working hard maybe I need to watch what I eat, stop eating junk food, exercise more, doing all of these things is by being internally motivated, so if you find that you’re doing something only because your parents are telling you to do it or because you think someone’s expecting you to do something, that’s really not a great motivation.
To be doing something effectively you need to try to understand for yourself why you need to do something and that’s going to help you do your best work.
How To Achieve Success?
How To Achieve Success?
Success can be defined in many ways; it can be happiness for one person and wealth for another. It can be peace for one and respect for another. Everyone can define success in their own way, but in general, it is a feeling of satisfaction and happiness.
Throughout life, we have a hunger to achieve greatness. The more we achieve the better life becomes. There are plenty of opportunities in this world. If you have a dream to succeed and achieve something special in this life, you need to put in the work, because without action, nothing is possible. The majority of people only dream to succeed, while a small minority work hard to achieve their dreams. To attain success, you need to sacrifice many things, this is how the successful people in this world achieved their greatness.
We need to understand how to achieve success. To do this, we need to break down what success means. The best way to do this is by understanding and analyzing successful people. Successful people in this world emulated and followed the footsteps of other successful people. For example, there is a pattern with successful people. Many successful people wake up early. They spend their time wisely throughout the day, reading and gaining knowledge. This is key to success, while keeping a good balance in life is also vital in achieving success.
Quotes On Success
“Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.” Winston Churchill
“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” Steve Jobs
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Walt Disney
“The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.” Bruce Lee
“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.” Jim Rohn
5 Great Pointers On Achieving Success
Follow Your Passion
Success does not come overnight, it takes a lot of hard work and passion to reach the desired goal and dream. It requires strong dedication, hard work, constant improvement, and sometimes luck. If you are not doing what you love, then you are bound to give up and fail. Only those who have a great passion for something they love, will continue, and strive hard to move on and achieve greatness. It should be something you are willing to sacrifice and dedicate your life to. Every day, every week, and every hour of the day should be dedicated to achieving your goals and dreams.
Find The Correct Balance
Life is all about finding the right balance. When you find the right balance, only then will you see success around you and within you. Balance your time, spend time with your family and friends. Allocate time to achieving your goals and targets. Look after your health, exercise, and eat well. Life is all about finding a balance. Do not sacrifice one thing for another. It is important to find the right balance in life.
Establish A Routine
Routines are vital when you are trying to succeed. We are taught from a young age the importance of keeping a good routine in life because without a routine you will be a mess and it will become harder for you to do well in achieving your goals and targets. For example, people who have a job, working for a company, these companies have strict routines in place. The reason for this is so that the company performs well and becomes more successful. Even in our daily lives, without routine we will be all over the place. It is proven that a person who has no routine in life, is a person who is very lazy, a time waster and someone who has no goals and ambition in life. Therefore, we should strive to have good routines in our life, as this will lead us to have a better life.
Learn From Your Mistakes
Successful people have failed many times. It is inevitable unless you are an extremely lucky person, where everything works out for you. But, when starting off, the first few steps are the hardest. Many people who have achieved great things have failed on many occasions. There are many obstacles in front of you that blocks you from reaching the next stage of success. For example, there are many entrepreneurs who have failed in many businesses, until that one business that has made them successful. Without failures and mistakes, we as humans will never learn, therefore make as many mistakes as you can, as these mistakes will lead you to gain more experience and knowledge in achieving your goals and dreams.
Find Support And Resources
Find yourself a mentor, you need someone who can point you in the right direction to achieve greatness. With the correct help and support, you can achieve even better than you would do by yourself. If a mentor is not available, try reaching out to others in your field. Find people who have already achieved what you plan to achieve, and try and get as much information from them as possible so that you can reach that level of success one day. Networking is important to become successful and bigger in what you are trying to accomplish. Reaching out to people will allow you to grow further. It will allow you to find out information that you did not even know you needed. Therefore, speaking out and finding the right support and resources will push you to the next level.
To summarize, to achieve success, you must be wise and bold. A person who does not try and is lazy in life will go nowhere. You cannot just dream and expect everything to fall perfectly in front of you. You must work hard to get results. We should analyze those who have achieved greatness, by following in their footsteps. Only then can we crawl, walk, and then achieve our own success. Remember, success does not come overnight, it begins with baby steps, and when you are established, you will see the greatest successes.
How To Switch To Self-Love – Your Secret SuperPower
How To Switch To Self-Love – Your Secret SuperPower from Ralph Smart of Infinite Waters (Diving Deep). This was an excellent talk about the importance of self-love and it’s relevance to success. Take this information and implement it so that you can live life a life of self-love.
1. Self-love is the secret gateway to becoming your greatest version.
2. Without self-love you won’t go far.
3. Self-love has changed my life in a phenomenal way. It’s helped me connect with millions of people living infinite abundance.
4. And there was a time when I didn’t love myself, look, nobody teaches us how to love ourselves, why it’s important to love ourselves, what are the benefits of loving yourself. No, they don’t teach you that, that’s why a lot of us are really confused.
5. Practicing the art of self-love is a lifelong process. I mean every single day.
6. And it starts with this, stop caring what other people think.
7. We want to be accepted so therefore we spend our whole entire lives trying to conform to other people’s standards instead of creating our own.
8. Other people’s beauty standards. Their body standards – I want to look like that Ralph, it’s not fair.
9. So, what helped me along my journey was to stop trying to live by other people’s standards.
10. Instead, I had to learn how to live by my own standards and you do this simply by surrendering, it’s not about competing – I want to be like them, that’s a disrespect towards yourself.
11. You want to become your greatest version, your, not me, for you. Do it for you. Right, and it’s such a weight off your shoulders.
12. I just started to realize I’ve got to start creating my own standards. Living in my own standards of beauty. Accepting my body how it is, the shape of my face. I love it all. And that’s how to begin to love yourself.
13. Stop trying to fit in when you were born to stand out.
14. Ok, how many weird people do you know? That is how to switch to self-love. Weird people aren’t weird, that’s just what we call them. Weird people are unique. That’s why they stand out.
15. And have you ever noticed that when you find someone who is very unique, it almost allows you to be yourself? You feel comfortable around them because you’re like they’re so weird well I’m going to be weird anyway. Then you fall into the true authentic you.
16. Spend time with unique people who don’t care about copying other people, they are original, they love who they are 100%. And I do it all the time, I meet a lot of very very weird people every single day, well, I’m Diving Deep and it’s beautiful.
17. I have to always honor my uniqueness. You won’t find another Infinite Waters, if you do, they’re a clone.
18. When we talk of Self-love, I’ve realized this that you’ve got to go to the place where you find your greatest power, that’s what helped me along my journey.
19. I realized, for a long time I was living a very very harmful lifestyle because I wasn’t practicing self-love, I wasn’t doing what I love every single day, I was in the wrong environment, the wrong friends, I was following the wrong crowd. If you’re doing all of that it’s going to be very hard to love yourself
20. But when you go to the place where you find your greatest power. Skate every day like me. You’re in the seat of your power, you are in the throne. Whether you be a makeup artist or scientist, you do that every single day, go into the lab, you are in the seat of your power. That’s how to practice the art of self-love.
21. You go to the place of your greatest empowerment every single day. I’m always in nature. I’m in the art gallery. I’m doing what I love. I get to wake up and do whatever I want and live in infinite abundance. You think I’m complaining?
22. You can’t love other people until you love yourself. And not caring what other people think is the greatest form of self-love.
The above information was just over 7 minutes of the video.
This is amazing information from Ralph.
Check out the full video:
5 Powerful Things Successful People Do Differently
Many people believe that a successful life is just a matter of luck, and leave everything to their destiny to decide whether or not they will be successful.
On the other hand, what many people are unaware of is that successful people have certain habits that separate them from ordinary people.
These people are more aware of their strengths and weaknesses. They are self-conscious and know how to turn a losing moment into a winning moment. They are motivated, disciplined and consistent. Above all, they are not made through just a matter of luck.
Here are five powerful things successful people do differently.
1. Turn Their Passion Into A Full-Time Profession
It’s obvious that if you are doing the things that you don’t love you soon get fed up with your work and fail to give your maximum at your workplace. You will be less focused, procrastinate more, feel tired, make more excuses and hence your input will reflect your output.
Successful people do what they love. They give priority to their interests over wealth or respect. Almost all the artists, sportspersons and entrepreneurs are underpaid at first. No matter how bad the circumstances, they worked consistently and devoted their heart and soul into their work. They looked for ways to increase their revenue and transformed their passion into a full-time profession.
If you want to be successful, give priority to your passion and think of ways to make it your full-time job. Then you will be happier and have a more meaningful life.
2. Setting Priorities
Millions of people fail every year not because they do not have aspirations but because they fail to set priorities. They try to do a lot of things at once, rather than focusing on one important task. They are brilliant at achieving not-so-important goals, and poor at reflecting on the necessary task.
Successful people think otherwise. They cut-off all the distractions and pick the toughest task first. They work outside their comfort zone to complete the difficult tasks.
3. Continuously Reinforce The Foundation
Every profession has some key skills which form the foundation. If the skills are not harnessed continuously, it will affect your whole business career. Successful people are smart enough to find the key skills of their profession and spend the maximum amount of time and money in developing those areas.
They read books, attend seminars, and meet like-minded people. Some top performers also hire a coach to become exceptionally good at what they love to do.
To get the maximum output you can follow the 3% rule of investment. The rule says that if you spend 3% of your income in self-education, you will see yourself outperforming 90% of the people around you.
4. Goal Setting
Everyone talks about goal setting. Why is it so? Because it’s a roadmap. If you do not know how to reach your destination then most certainly you will never be able to reach it. Goal setting works as a roadmap to success, and it’s the common trait that all successful people follow. Here are the phenomenal benefits of goal setting.
- You’ll have a clear vision on what to do today, tomorrow, and next month if you already know about your destination in detail.
- Clarity in decision-making abilities.
- You will start finding new ways to reach your goals in the minimum amount of time and money.
- Studies have shown that reviewing your goals every day improves motivation in an unexpected way.
- People who have goals have a high self-image of themselves. High self-image results in increased productivity and confidence.
- Goal setting leads to a more meaningful life.
5. Dealing With Uncertain Moments
Where people are afraid of taking risks, successful people not only take risks but also develop their risk-taking muscle within themselves so that they can fight against the uncertain moments (fight or flight).
A successful life is not determined through massive luck but through the courage to take big risks. Challenges and opportunities come along with a certain amount of risk.
While ordinary people avoid risk due to ‘fear of failure‘, successful people continuously overcome one uncertain moment after another to achieve personal and professional excellence.
The biggest enemy or obstacle on your path to success is a negative mindset or the perception that you need to be born into wealth, and extremely lucky. Well, that is not the case. Most successful people are not born into wealth or born lucky. They tried new things, made mistakes, learned and made their way through the journey to success.
If you want to be successful, make sure that you are doing what you love, setting priorities and removing clutter and distractions from your everyday life, enhancing your key skills, setting clear and in-detailed goals, taking risks and dealing with uncertain moments with a positive mindset.
What’s your mindset towards a successful life? Share your views in the comments below.
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