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There are some people who just always seem to be successful at everything they do. It can be frustrating and leave you feeling like you’ll never measure up. But the truth is, successful people aren’t any different from you or me; they’re just like us—they have their highs and lows, their good days and bad days.
To a poor man, the rich man is born lucky. To a rich man, the poor man is lazy. Chinese Proverb
You must accept that luck will always play a role, but it is how you react to it and use it to your advantage that defines you. Your mindset matters more than anything else in the world. What you choose to do with YOUR life will always remain in your hands. However, it is important to understand some of the truths about successful people.
They’re not afraid of hard work
“Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.” Henry Ford
Successful people know that hard work pays off. They’re not afraid of putting in the extra effort to achieve their goals. They understand that success doesn’t come easy, and it takes a lot of dedication and determination. All your other choices have consequences. Birthdays, anniversaries, holidays, etc. are for poor people. Bitter but true! Those who refuse to believe this are full of excuses.
It starts at a young age when you say things like, “Yeah, I’ll do this or that…if only I had more money, but I have piano lessons…but it’s my birthday…what if I get my degree, etc.” Then this habit continues when you have a family. Your excuses start to sound like, “I have to get this over with, but I have to take my son to the dentist. I will decide after I talk to my family,” and the biggest excuse of all: “I want to have a life outside of work.”
There is no balance between life and work
Do you want to have a life of your own? Check out the world’s highest-performing businessmen. I’m talking about the Bransons, Zuckerbergs, Gates, and Trump. They don’t go to the World Cup. They don’t take many family vacations. They’re not worried about being politically correct. You don’t see them at the PTA meetings.
Some would say they’re selfish, but that’s not true. They have a cause, and they’re working towards it. They know their priorities, and they stick to them. Luck is when preparation meets opportunity.
Eagles fly alone
When it comes to entrepreneurship, loneliness is a topic no one wants to talk about. The truth is that when you are in charge, you will feel more and more alone. However, this does not mean that you should despair. Those who truly love what they do move forward in life, even alone or with the chosen few. In other words: “Tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you’ll become.” You are the result of the people you spend most of your time
Life is hard, really hard
Anyone who tells you otherwise has never lived! Whether you are a high achiever or a low achiever, life is hard for everyone. What separates successful people from others is only one thing:
“The way you react to your events in life is what sets you apart from the rest.”
The truth is, we all have our problems. However, successful entrepreneurs acknowledge their problems and learn how to deal with them. Then they know only one way, and that is to walk forward.
There is only one way to grow as an individual
Get out of your comfort zone. Don’t be like the turtle that closes in its shell at the first sign of danger. Theodore Roosevelt once wrote a book about how to become fearless and courageous. In his book, Theodore suggests writing a list. In this list, include the things that terrify you, and at the end of the day, face them!
“Do things that go beyond your expectations. Set goals in life that you can’t even achieve in 100 years.”
Tenfold your dreams and goals until they really scare you. You have to constantly grow and become more and more ambitious. For example, imagine The Hunch of Notre Dame inviting Marilyn Monroe on a romantic date. Of course, this takes great courage to do, but who is there to stop you.
Start seeing possibilities where everyone else sees limitations!