3 Initial Keys to Success
A great topic wondered about by many is how to be successful. Of course, there can be many interpretations of a general phrase like ”being successful”, but many people measure their success with money, financial success. The root of this want for success can range from a need for security, freedom, happiness, etc. Of course, money itself, a piece of paper, will not create this deeper fulfillment, but it certainly creates clarity and allows for more time to be spent focusing with less distraction on what someone really wants…
Road to Success
An important factor to great success, especially in today’s world where people have been conditioned to have a very short attention span (now officially shorter than that of a goldfish), is to remember that “success” is a snowball effect. It does NOT happen overnight. There is little luck involved, especially at the beginning. There is no excuse to be made about someone having a higher IQ than your’s, or the education someone else may have had access to at an earlier age than you. There is no environmental factor that is better or worse to create for yourself the success you think you deserve. Let’s repeat that last part with some emphasis…
The success you THINK you DESERVE.
Keys to Success
Think (and believe) you deserve greatness. Many of us think we deserve very little, or less. This could not be farther from the truth. Even those who do want greatness cut their goals down to the point that they know no one would tell them it was too crazy and save themselves embarrassment (especially if heaven forbid, they were to… fail).
A good rule of thumb: if someone doesn’t laugh and tell you that your goals are crazy impossible, you’re doing it wrong. I’d like to go so far as to say it’s your DUTY to the world to provide greatness for yourself and let others enjoy what you can offer because no one else can offer it.
Jump in with both feet, (which includes doing your research and numbers if it’s a business endeavor) and not care about what other people say (because they will say the worst discouraging things ever, no matter how much they love you). Surely, all of this is easier said than done. Fear is one of the hardest things to overcome (especially fear of failure). So what do we do with it? One way is to wait until a passion or urgent need NEEDS to be fulfilled within you and that need becomes bigger than the fear.
But if you’re willing to make some progress before wasting time waiting to get to that desperation level:
- Identify each fear broadly (write this down)
- Find the source of these fears – Childhood? A vulnerable time?
- Practice changing your perspective of this fear into something life is trying to teach you. Once you learn from a mistake or fear, they will stop showing up!
- Identify as many details about these fears as possible (including situations they occur in, from the most uncomfortable to the most minor)
- Begin confronting the fears starting with a minor situation. Once you build your confidence in these small ways, you can work your way up to the bigger challenges with a sense of excitement and eagerness to learn.
Maintain (or start developing now) an eagerness to learn. “The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” – Socrates
Speaking from a personal level, I used to come home, turn on the tv and play computer games all night. This routine is very common for many people these days and leaves them with no drive to do anything that requires exerting any more effort than the very minimum. Once the brain is lazy, it’s a chore to get it motivated – it’s a muscle and works the same way as any other – if you don’t use it, you lose it. Fight this laziness now while you have an ounce of energy and go after things that will feed your deepest desires and make you feel whole! Your favorite TV show will not do that sad to say. 🙂
When you’re ready to take the next step in your life and start or take your current business success to the next level, Worldwide Capital Management is here to become a partner for your small business loan needs. We also offer various other options like merchant cash advances and purchase order financing.
Don’t wait on the opportunity! Seize the day now, because now is all we have.