8 Secrets of success summary
Create processes in your life that help you succeed. Processes become habits, and habits bring you results. Focus on what you are putting in every day, and the results take care of themselves. I added success quotes to the points to help you better understand the standards for success.
You do it because you really really want to do it.
Passion can come from within when you want to grow yourself. Maybe you want to become a better writer. Or it may be something you see that you think needs changing. Clean up the world oceans or put a man on Mars. Sometimes you want to help others. Educate kids or give shelter to others.
Go out into the world with your passion and love for what you do, and just never give up. ~ Dianne Reeves
But sometimes you don’t have the passion to begin with. Just put in the work, and as you get better, you will find the passion.
Hard work and having fun doing it.
Some work is fun. I sometimes lose myself in my work for hours. Sometimes it’s not! When the going gets tough, take it as a willpower exercise. The hard feeling is in your head. Learn to deal with it, and you can do anything. Hard work may also mean long hours. Build up your stamina to last longer than others.
I have tried to make work more palatable by taking it as a willpower exercise. As when you go to the gym and work out to put on some muscle, the individual reps may not be especially enjoyable. But you get the feeling of accomplishment, and you know you took another step towards your goals.
Being damn good about the thing you do. Practice, all the time.
The only way you will get better is repeatedly doing the things that are hard to do. Practice the things you struggle with. Deliberately challenge yourself until you master the skills you need. And then keep going to achieve true mastery.
If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. ~ Michelangelo
Make up your mind and do that one thing with all you’ve got. Always single-task.
I’ve had the problem of doing too many things at once for a long time. I still have problems focusing. Everything is so interesting. But focusing on one thing will get you results faster than you can imagine. On a smaller scale, do one thing at the time.
- Don’t multitask!
- Avoid distractions.
- Turn off notifications.
Take time to focus.
You can’t focus in 5 minutes. Find ways to do deep work, where you can put your head down and work on something for several hours. The results you will get are incredible.
Check out the book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport. Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide a sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship.
In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21-century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep, spending their days in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there’s a better way.
Make yourself go. Don’t stop mentally, physically. Through doubts and shyness.
Just go! Self-doubt, the nay-sayers, people who do not believe in you. The times you fail at something. Every time you fall, get up! Just keep going!
Instead of letting the hard times get me down, I’ve learned to keep going at to look for the hidden good. ~ Paul J. Meyer
Notice things around you, be curious, solve problems, make connections.
Become an idea machine. Make your brain work on overdrive. Getting better at generating ideas is something you can train. The first thing in the morning, come up with 10 ideas. Every day! Read about how to become an idea machine in this James Altucher blog post.
- Every morning sit down and write 10 ideas about anything
- Do this 100 days in a row or forever
- You can toss the ideas or give them to someone who may use them
In a year, you will have 3650 ideas. Most of them are crap. The ideas are rarely worth the paper you write them on.
But you have become an idea machine. Whenever you have to come up with ideas, you have no trouble at all.
As a bonus, you may have helped a friend with your ideas.
Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change. ~ Barbara Januszkiewicz
Continuous improvement is the key to all significant accomplishments. Most people can run a marathon below 4 hours. It takes time to get there, but almost everybody can do it. It will take about 8 to 12 months to reach this goal. Step by step, improving every day. If you haven’t run in your life and you are 100 pounds overweight, then it will take a year longer, but you will still get there.
Whatever you do, when you improve:
- 1 percent per day you will improve 37 times by the end of the year
- 1 percent a week you will improve 67 percent by the end of the year
- 1 percent every month you will improve 12.6 percent by the end of the year and 3.3 times in 10 years
For most activities, 1% per day is unrealistic. But run 1% faster every week will get you a lot faster by the end of the year. Increase your net worth 1% per month by investing and saving. In 10 years, your net worth will more than triple.
There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. ~ Ernest Hemingway
Give others something of value.
Maybe sometimes your motivation is money. It’s OK! The first thing you have to do in an emergency on an airplane is to put the oxygen mask on, then help others.
The same applies to your personal finances. If you have nothing to give you are in no position to help. But when you start to make ends meet, help those more unfortunate.
And of course, you can always help with a kind word or lending a hand.
No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another. ~ Charles Dickens
Go through failures, criticism, rejection, assholes, pressure, just don’t give up.
Set up your standards for success in a way that depend on you and not on the approval of others. Deconstruct your big goals in a way that you can complete smaller goals every day. Your standards will make your road to success easier as you stay motivated.
Success is not a destination but success is a journey.
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