(Last Updated On: May 26, 2019)
All of us want to succeed but not all of us are willing to do what is required. Sometimes we are on the right track but then we give in to distractions… If this is your situation, then maybe you haven’t yet changed your mindset for success. You may be trying to succeed on your own terms with methods that just don’t work.
Maybe, you are a teacher, a skilled worker, a professional, a musician etc. You may be very competent at what you do, but somehow you may not be contented financially or fulfilled otherwise. With the right attitude and mindset, you can become successful by making some adjustments to the way you think.
Success in any area is hard work, but there is a shorter path we can follow. Isn’t the shortest path between two points a straight line?
You can take advantage of this principle by learning from the mistakes of others, having a clear vision and plan, and by not giving up. You must have a winning attitude and be determined to succeed.
Surround Yourself With Successful People
Who would you prefer to train you if undertaking an exercise program? A plump gym instructor or someone who is ripped like Lebron James? Although they may both be equally qualified to teach, I am pretty sure that you would lean (no pun intended) toward the ripped one. Their appearance is all the proof you need of the sacrifices they have made, and that what they teach, works. Surely, this will be more in alignment with your aspirations.
We all need tons of inspiration because our goals take hard work, and hard work is the #1 reason why we give up. We don’t want to be reminded of any possibility of failure before we even start.
The optical of blaring 6-pack Abs and muscle everywhere constantly reminds us that success is possible. It imprints the intended destination in our minds, i.e. the possibility we could look like our trainer (or role model). It creates the inspiration we need for success.
Visuals are evidence, and evidence fuels our goals. They inspire the faith and hard work necessary for us to press toward the mark – our vision. Surround yourself with successful people but don’t forget the others who helped to get them there. Don’t rule out learning from these two methods below.
# 1. – Learn from anyone who has a track record – experience, knowledge
Can you learn from someone who doesn’t quite “look the part?” Yes, you can. If Arnold Schwarzenegger, who has a history of winning the Mr. Universe title were our current trainer, we wouldn’t be too concerned about how he looked now. His entire life is the result of his glory days as a successful bodybuilder.
There are also the unsung heroes who prepared him for success throughout his career? Do you know who they are? Don’t they have tons of experience to share?
Some may appear to lack the outward manifestation of “success” but their success is in facilitating someone else’s success. They are an instrumental part of the process.
Then there are individuals who have copied the strategies of the successful and have become successful themselves. Many successful entrepreneurs, professionals, athletes, etc. have become coaches, mentors – examples to many.
# 2. – Learn from the mistakes of others
(Yes, I mentioned it before, but this is key)
We can also learn from the mistakes of others. As a matter of fact, this can also be an important motivating factor. Learning from the mistakes of others can save us a lifetime of waste and reinventing the wheel.
Mistakes help by exposing the paths that do not work and therefore, reveal what to avoid. This will keep us focused and allow us to build on the best-practices others have listed for our benefit. Learning saves loads of time!
Check out one of my favorite quotes:
“You must learn from the mistakes of others. You can’t possibly live long enough to make all of them yourself.” Sam Levenson
There’s No Success Without Sacrifice
I am sure you already know that success comes with a price. Everyone would be successful if this were not so and I would be wasting your time writing this article.
I encourage you to model the success of successful people (or those who are on their way to success) – but more importantly – model the vision, goals, strategies and the hard work of their success plan.
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Success Comes in all Shapes and Sizes
It doesn’t matter how that success is packaged. Whether child or adult, big or small, formally educated or not. As long as they have tangible evidence of success, they have something of value to share. This is why we are inspired by mentors irrespective of class, creed, age, nationality, race, culture, ethnicity or skin color.
Building on the Success of Others — Learning By Example
Are you going to listen to someone who sits
on their butt all day barking orders or do you prefer to be motivated by example? You are more likely to follow after someone who leads by example and who already has what you want.
To succeed in any business (after first having your plans and objectives in place) your strategy must be to model success by employing best-practices others have already left for us to emulate. It has been substantiated that success is a journey, but I know that the journey can be much shorter if you learn from the mistakes of others by applying their knowledge and insight.
Instead of asking “why are some people more successful,” learn from their habits, trials, guidelines, ethics and shorten your path.
I personally believe that a winning attitude is already a success story. I also believe that success is a learned behavior. Just listen to the those who list their inspirations and mentors when questioned about the reasons for their success. So yes, success can be scrutinized, documented and leveraged. In every creative work, album, book, design etc. someone is usually listed as an inspiration for its success.
This is the reason why so many have succeeded in every sector. They followed someone who also followed someone else and built upon their success, by following the principles and methods that work. Define what success means to you and go for it. Who are you modeling, what are you learning and who is following you?
“Don’t just work hard – Work smart”
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God bless you and yours – and here’s to your success.
Here’s that link about Arnold Swartzenneger I mentioned earlier.
Here is a brilliant and more in-depth article on this topic: It’s called “Unsuccessful People Focus On ‘The Gap.’ Here’s What Successful People Focus On.”