From constantly moving around, to getting up at 5am nearly every day, writing training programs, working with clients, reading books and articles, to living the independent lifestyle. I’m not going to lie, it is an arduous process — a sweet life, nevertheless, because I made a career out of what I love to do.
Before all of that came to fruition, I had a few setbacks.
Here’s a little trivia: I was put on academic probation after my first semester in college. Working two full-time jobs and still being broke was already bad enough. Let me tell you, that really set my resolve.
Rather than complain about it or fill my head with limiting thoughts, I had to put an end to it. My best course of action was to collect all that pain and discouragement and use it as a motivating factor.
Just to be clear: I’m not an authoritative figure on “success”. I’m no Tony Robbins or Eric Thomas.
Suffice it to say, I have gained a ton of real world experience that has ultimately helped me get to this point.
1. Solidify What Success Means To You
Even though many see it that way, success is not solely based on annual income or series of acquisitions. It’s purely subjective and it’s defined on your own terms. For some people it means having a lot of money while others perceive it as freedom and happ(y)ness. I think that’s part of the reason why many people struggle to get to where they want to be. They don’t have a clue as to what they want.
Sit down and take your time to establish what it is you really want. From there, just point to the top and go.
2. Don’t Be A Douche
3. Never Stop Learning
When you look at the most successful people in the world, it’s no question that they’re always learning — simply because complacency breeds mediocrity. There’s always room for improvement. You have to continuously learn if you plan on getting ahead.
Additionally, if you want to make a name for yourself, try learning from the best who have done it in your field of interest. Look for commonalities.
Don’t blindly follow people’s advice.
If you can, seek mentorship.
A good book to read is Mastery by Robert Greene.
4. Screw What Other People Think
If you’re always worried about what other people think about you, you’re never going to get anywhere in life. There are ALWAYS going to be haters, so you can’t be paralyzed by fear of what others might think and/or say about you.
You’d be hard pressed to find any successful person who doesn’t occasionally go through periods of scrutiny and criticism.
If you want to avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing – Aristotle
5. Be An Optimist
Nobody likes a Debbie Downer and for good reason. People want to work with people who possess good energy. When I started out as a trainer in a commercial gym, many of my colleagues had such a gregarious nature that I couldn’t help but follow suit. That type of energy reflected on to my work. It’s no accident that I did so well my first year.
Who in their right mind would want to work with someone who complains and whines about every thing. Excessive negativity is an impediment to your progress. Don’t be a pessimist. Act like a professional and have positive vibes.
6. Take Care Of Your Health
Physical fitness is not only of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – JFK
I’ve always said that the mind is a by-product of the body. How you think, how you behave, how you operate is contingent upon how well you take care of your health.
Move more often, get more sleep, and for God’s sake — eat more veggies and drink water.
7. Work Your Ass Off
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It’s human nature for us to want instant gratification — we’re so hungry for short-term gains. Understand that shortcuts are nonexistent. What you get out is what you put in. Sure, we can talk about unforeseen circumstances, but that’s life. You can’t control everything. One thing you can control, however, is effort.
It takes hours and hours of working on your craft.
You can’t have a million dollar dream with a two cent work ethic.