How Do People Become Successful?Jul 25, 2021
Here's an interesting fact you may not know about. In America, there is a millionaire made every 5-10 minutes!
And here's the most surprising thing. Most of these millionaires (around 80%) either didn't finish college, came from poor families or didn't even speak English as their first language!
So when you actually look at who millionaires are, you realize that a good deal of them started out as ordinary people just like you and me. So if they did not come from rich families or win the lottery, how did they do it?
Well, two things: One - they Align with the belief that abundance can be for them. And Two - millionaires became millionaires by learning the skills needed to make them rich. This shows us success is just a skill that anyone can learn, regardless of how well you did at school. If you are willing to study success and discipline yourself to apply the knowledge you have learned, then you could also become a millionaire.
Learning The Skills Of Success
So why should you learn about success anyway? Well, think about when you first started driving. What did you have to do? You booked an instructor, and learned how to drive a car from someone who was already good at driving. In other words, you learned a new skill from a person who already had that skill.
But now suppose you decided you didn't need an instructor and decided to take to the road by yourself, learning things as you went along. Can you imagine what would happen?
Well, if you didn't first get pulled over by the police, there would be a fairly good chance you would either a) crash or b) have an accident! Can you see where I am going with this?
Success, just like driving, is a skill. Those who learn about success get to where they want to go, those who don't learn the skills of success crash on their way. It really is that simple.
Obstacles To Success
In ancient times people used to think that the Earth wasn't round. So most people made sure that they didn't sail very far because they were afraid that if they did, they would fall off the Earth! Today we know this as the flat Earth theory.
However it was soon discovered the Earth was not flat, but in fact it was round! When people heard about this they were no longer scared about failing off the Earth, and so began to sail to new and far away lands.
This story is a great example of how what we believe to be true can either limit our life, or expand it. It also shows us that if you want to go somewhere you first have to believe that you can do it. In other words, our belief systems greatly influence the world around us and ultimately the success we will achieve.
Understand your Environment
One thing that must be taken into account is the environment you are surrounded by. This means the people, the projects, the policies in place, the level of accountability, the leader’s stances toward growth...etc… Do the best you can to create your own opportunities in the environment you find yourself in. Use courtesy so that you do not let those in charge feel that you are circumventing them. In business, the last thing a leader wants is to get a surprise situation when they could have known about it before. At the same time, do not share your plans with others until they are fully developed.
With that said, remember that there are times when it’s best to change your environment altogether and remove yourself from it. If you can do it mentally first, do so. If not then leave. We love this quote by Alexander Den Heijer: “When a flower doesn’t bloom you fix the environment, not the flower.” When the environment is the culprit, just leave. But make sure the risk of leaving an environment is well calculated on your part.
So the three important points to take away from this are:
1) Success is a skill. If you learn that skill you can become successful regardless of who you are.
2) Your beliefs play a big role in determining the type of success you will achieve.
3) The environment you are in plays a big role in your potential and maintenance for success.
So achieving success is quite simple. It's a matter of mindset. Learn from people who already have the skills of success, believe that you can achieve success and make sure you are in an environment that is conducive to it. However this does not mean things will be easy! Leverage our Ace Best Practices and the concept of Alignment to maintain your success as you grow.
Want to know more about Alignment? Check out my podcast episode. This time, I'm the guest!
Alignment & Success Strategies for a Healthy Work Experience
July 21st, 2021
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