How to be successful…seems like a strange title, doesn’t it? It implies that there is some scientifically proven way to find success, as if there is a set of “rules” to follow that will lead you straight to the realization of all your hopes and dreams. Here’s a secret: there is.
I’ve spent the past two years researching some of the most successful people of our time, including Jim Carrey, Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robbins, the guys from the band LMFAO, Steve Jobs, and Will Smith. I think you’ll agree that all of these people are at the top of their respective industries. So the question is, why? What separates these people and others who have found massive success from the people stuck in a dead-end 9-5 job, just scraping enough together to pay the mortgage. Good news: I’ve found the answer.
I’d like to say that I did it myself, but I didn’t. I had the help of several motivational speakers, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention them here. Not all of my ideas and beliefs came from them, but many of the principles were learned there, and over time I developed my own system for understanding and studying them. The ones who have helped me the most: Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Les Brown, and Earl Nightingale. Here’s a big thank you to them.
So, what is it? What separates the successful from the unsuccessful? I’ve discovered five things that all of these people (and many, many others) have in common. Five things that you can start applying in your own life to achieve whatever you want to achieve in life.
1) Goal Setting
The first principle is goal-setting. Successful people set goals for themselves. And their goals aren’t, “I want to earn more money.” Everyone has this goal, but notice how they aren’t doing it? Goals have to be specific. Your mind will understand it and allow you to work toward it if it’s specific and clearly defined. Instead of “earn more money,” set a specific number and target date for yourself: “$80,000/year by next year.”
2) Unwavering Belief
Successful people believe in themselves, despite what happens. My company, Irrational Living, LLC, was founded (and named) on this principle. The truly successful people knew where they were going in life, and believed with all of their heart that they would get there. There are countless examples of this, but one of my favorites is Walt Disney, who went bankrupt SEVEN TIMES before reaching his success. Some people go bankrupt once and take their life over it. It takes an irrational belief in yourself to become successful.
Closely related to the second principle, but this one has more to do with people outside of yourself. The successful people in life are the ones who can be laughed at and knocked down and kicked around and still get back up and push on. I believe anything is possible with enough effort, and the people I’ve mentioned above are true testaments to that. The Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart, Robert Fulton, Thomas Edison…these people were all laughed at for their ideas and their unwavering belief. Where are they now? In our history books.
4) Using the Subconscious Mind
I first heard this idea from Earl Nightingale, who suggested sitting with a pad of paper and a pen for 30 minutes a day and actively thinking, turning on your brain, to think about how to solve your “problems.” If there is a goal that you have and you are having difficulty figuring out how to achieve it, try this method. Our subconscious minds are infinitely powerful, and the successful people in this world have learned how to use them.
This may very well be the most important. Action is obviously a big part of every successful person’s life, and if you want to be successful, it absolutely has to be a big part of yours. This one seems really simple, until you think about how much time we waste every day watching TV, browsing the internet and social media…those hours add up. Action is the one thing that can make or break you, so stop talking about what you want and go do something about it.
It was very enlightening to see how similar each of these people were in their habits and principles, especially because it led to me figuring out a quantifiable path to success.
Anything you want in life is possible, and these five principles will help you get closer to whatever your goals are. Set your goals, believe in yourself to the point of delusion, stay strong and resilient to other people’s doubts and laughter, make your subconscious mind work for you, and start taking action in your life.