â€œSuccessful people are simply those with successful habits.â€ – Brian Tracy
There are successful people that we look up to and undeniably, some of these people can thank their mental prowess and talents for their accomplishments. Bill Gates has his high IQ and Michael Jordan has his athleticism, some of us normal people donâ€™t have what they possess and we canâ€™t exactly acquire their gifts. But what we can do is steal their habits.
The habits of successful people can be easily imitated and emulated. Sure, his Airness has a great vertical leap, but he didnâ€™t get that jumping power just because he was athletic. He put in a lot of time and effort for him to be the greatest basketball player of all time.
Mr. Gates failed in his first start up business. Sure, he had high I.Q., but he was still like us, capable of failing and trying again and because he tried again, he became the worlds richest man.
There are a lot of things that we can pick up from successful people, here are some of them.
They Start Early
Sir Richard Branson started his own magazine when he was just 16 years old. After 4 years he started selling records through his magazine, which became a record company that produced songs from The Sex Pistols and The Rolling Stones. Warren Buffet, the 2nd richest man in America started making money when he was young by delivering newspapers, selling golf balls, selling stamps, detailing cars and anything that could bring him more money. When he was a sophomore in high-school, he and his friend bought a used pinball machine for 25$ and put it on barber shops. Within months they had a lot of pinball machines in different barber shops.
Sir Branson and Mr. Buffett werenâ€™t educated to be businessmen, they just wanted to do something and they did it. No matter what youâ€™re thinking of doing, writing a martial arts book, spreading your marketing, making a Youtube video, just do it. If you think youâ€™re not prepared then thatâ€™s just your brain making up excuses. Nobody is really ready, what you have right now is all that you need so start working on it.
They Scratch the Back-up Plan
A plan B is great, but having one creates an option that may make you feel that itâ€™s okay to not give it your all. Give up the back up. Screw plan b. Do what youâ€™re supposed to do and give it your all.
They Define Success by What Makes Them Happy
Life is too short to be so unhappy, angry, and frustrated all the time. Humans were meant to live a happy life so live it. Donâ€™t aspire to gauge your success by how many zeros you see on your paycheck. If you live life this way, you will never attain a point that will satisfy you. All youâ€™ll do is just reach for a never ending goal. So compare your success relative to your happiness.
They Donâ€™t Have Dreams, they Have Goals
I got reminded of this while watching one of my favorite TV shows. Successful people donâ€™t have dreams, they have goals that they wrote on paper way back. They acted on what they wrote, reached their goal, and created new ones.
A good way of starting is from the end, imagine what you want to become and work your way from there.
Then, They Worked Really Hard
There are no short cuts in life. If you want to achieve ultimate success then you have to work longer hours and accomplish a lot of things in your working days. Iâ€™m not saying work all the time, but if you want to be a success, put in the time and effort that will make you a success.