I was chatting with a friend the other day. He told me that his friend has been a millionaire so many times, and then poor again so many times — one day he would make his millions, and another day he would be broke and poor again.
but he would never be in the middle (average income). he would either be at the bottom (very poor), or at the top (very rich).
The no. 1 biggest enemy to success is complacency
the reason why he would never be in the middle (between very poor and very rich), is because he didn’t want to make himself comfortable. He’s afraid that when he’s comfortable having a steady job, he would stop hustling. So he purposely make himself uncomfortable so that he would be even more hungry for success!
Marshall Bruce Mathers III failed 9th grade 3 times, bullied at school, wife cheated on him, his mother hated him, became a drug addict, and his best friend died…
but he would later change his name to Eminem and become the most successful rapper of all time.
he would not have been able to achieve the same level of success if it weren’t for his misfortune. He used his misfortune as his fuel to become successful. My Sasuke Ninja Warrior friend, Farid Isham calls this “The Slingshot Effect”
Nasa defines the slingshot effect as a way to accelerate a spacecraft in a planetary flyby. But my friend defines it as a way to use your misfortune to push yourself to become successful in life.
comfort zone is the enemy of success.
comfort zone doesn’t necessarily mean that you are comfortable — you can be stuck in a job you hate and still be in a comfort zone, because you say to yourself, “oh well… this is how things are. I just have to accept it.” and you continue working in a job you hate, and not do anything about it.
I’ve seen friends and relatives who have dreams and goals, but they settle for less because…. they are either afraid, or they give up easily.
- overthink about problems that have not even happen yet, and they worry that they will fail. they say, “but what if this happens, what if that happens?”, or..
- they try to work on their dreams, but after they face a failure…. they pack up their stuff, and give up! “that’s it. I tried and it didn’t work. oh well.”
are you merely interested? or committed on being successful?
Colonel Sanders faced many rejections before he finally got a deal for his KFC recipe.
Thomas Edison failed so many times when he was trying to invent the light bulb.
failure is inevitable. YOU WILL FAIL!
Successful people aren’t discourage by failure. they keep going even when they do fail. they see failure as part of the process — you have to fail in order to succeed.
but they don’t think of it as a failure, instead they see it as a learning opportunity. they say to themselves, “ow, so that didn’t work. what can I learn from this experience, and do differently next time so that I can do it better and finally make it work?”
successful people are committed to making their dreams & goals a reality. When they face a setback, they don’t give up easily and they try to find other ways to make it happen — they have a ‘do or die’ mentality.
whereas other people are merely interested in making their dreams a reality, but when things don’t turn out well… they give up.
NOT EVERYONE CAN BE SUCCESSFUL
if the most successful person in the world were to give someone the exact blueprint or step-by-step process to become successful, it doesn’t guarantee that they will also become successful.
success is not achieved, but attained by having the necessary mindset and attitude that is needed to become successful.
imagine that someone with a ‘loser’ mindset were to pick up that success blueprint,
no matter what he does… he cant make it work.
he would be busy convincing himself..
“I can’t do that!”
“Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”
– Thomas Jefferson
I’ve had the experience of being around a poor mindset person, and I hated every second of it! they were too busy worrying about future problems that haven’t even happened yet!
“what if XYZ happens?”
“this wont work because of ABC”
all I could do was keep quiet. because there is no point debating with someone who is convinced that it will not work.
why would you worry about future problems that haven’t even happened yet? you should be focused instead on the current problem that you have in front of you.
Chances are, when those future problems do happen, it can easily be solved…… IF, they will even happen at all. Most of the time, those future problems won’t even happen. they are just worries.
now imagine that the same success blueprint is given to a person with a winner mentality.
they learn to quiet down their inner critic, and just execute the task. at the end of the day, they will achieve more than the loser mentality person.
to be successful, you need to stop overthinking, stop over planning, and stop over analyzing…. and just DO IT!
you need to apply THE SIMS STRATEGY. just click & do.
“The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry our their dream.”
– Les Brown
What are you going to do with your dreams and ambitions?
take it to grave? or make it a reality?