Success Formula: The 5 Essential Things You Must Do to Be Successful


There are many ways to success, but what is the correct way? Which road should you take for the fastest route to your success? Well, of course there is no shortcuts. However, if you’re willing to apply the principles of success and to push to the limit, you’ll achieve success sooner than later.

Success is not a product of accident or chance. Rather, it is the product of deliberate and strategic efforts.

1. Get The Know-How You Need:

Anybody can become competent, even expert at just about anything; there are books, cassettes, courses, classes, teachers, mentors, newsletters, associations, an absolute abundance of information linked to virtually any and every skill or ability or occupation you can think of. A whole lot of it is readily available, free. More at very modest cost. Some, pricey.

it isn’t very difficult to quickly acquire expertise in a given area, if that’s what you want to do. If not knowing about something stands between you and what you want to accomplish, get busy and go get that know-how. It really is that simple. Ignorance about any particular subject is forgivable and, fortunately, fixable. Stupidity is another story altogether.

2. Maximum Action:

It’s not enough to act on your ideas. The only reliable path to maximum success is maximum action.

Jim Rohn says that when you look closely at the highly successful individual in any field, you walk away saying to yourself: “It’s no wonder he’s doing so well… look at everything he’s doing.” Well, there’s a darned good test! If we followed you around for a week and carefully recorded how you spent your time, what you did every day to advance your career or business, would we wind up saying to ourselves, “It’s no wonder he’s doing so well – look at everything he’s doing?”

The truth is that most people are intellectually lazy, surprisingly uncurious in their acquisition of information. In their businesses, they lazily rely on only one, two or three methods of attracting customers or clients.

There was a chiropractor who built three million-dollar-a-year practices, so the word spread and a whole lot of doctors wanted to know how he did that. So many, so much so, that thousands each paid $30,000.00 to come and hear him expound on his methods in seminars. But the essence of his success was really quite simple. Invariably, every doctor asked him the same question: How can I get 30 new patients this month? How can I get 50 new patients this month? The number always varied but the answer was always the same. And so was Dr. S.’s answer:

“I don’t know one way to get 30 new patients, but I know 30 ways to get a new patient and I use every single one of them.”

See, if you need new clients for your business, don’t do one thing, do a dozen things. If you have a problem to solve, don’t implement one possible solution; implement a dozen.

3. Turn Failure Into Success:

How you deal with failure determines whether or not you ever get to deal with success.

If you look at most highly-successful entrepreneurs, you won’t find markedly superior talent, intelligence, education or resources. Self-made millionaires are surprisingly ordinary – and, often, surprisingly unintelligent – people. So it ain’t intelligence. Instead, it seems to have much to do with a profound sort of stubbornness.

Research supervised by a prof at Tulane University revealed that the average entrepreneur goes through 3.8 failures before achieving significant success.

Stopping is the absolute worst thing you can do. I wonder how many shots Michael Jordan missed (failures!) in his pro basketball career? Even how many CRUCIAL shots he missed? Well, one thing’s certain; when he did miss one, he didn’t rush over to the bench, get the coach to take him out of the game, sit down on the bench, put a towel over his head, and refuse to take another shot for the rest of the game. What did he do when he missed? As soon as possible, he took ANOTHER shot.

failure transforms itself to success purely as a result of persistence. The insightful writer Ben Stein says, “Failure is like a patient teacher who tells us, ‘No, THAT won’t work. Try it a little differently. Or maybe a lot differently.’ If you look at failure as a coach, as a manager encouraging you to try different approaches, you get a much better idea of what failure is.”

If you aren’t willing to risk actions that may cause you personal, financial or other embarrassment, you aren’t going to be taking much action at all. So go ahead: screw up, fall down, embarrass yourself, and do a lot of it, as quickly as you can. Learn as much as you possibly can as you go. But whatever you do, don’t let yourself be imprisoned by the fear of making mistakes.

4. Take Action To Win Over Worry:

Worry has a lot to do with success. Worry can create physical illnesses, stress and fatigue. Worry robs you of your competence and confidence. It blocks your creativity and causes you to lose hope in positive outcomes.

Yet, as destructive as we know worry to be, and as unnecessary as worrying often proves to be, most people still let worry into their lives virtually every day. Ironically, we give our worries power by thinking about them. The more you worry about something, the more power itself gains over you. Even small worries can amass enormous power if you let them. Dr. Edward Kramer observed: “A penny held to the eye blocks the sun.”

So, how do you eliminate worry from your life?

Worry is often the starting point of constructive, creative thought. It may be hard to eliminate it completely, but you can reduce its time consumption and influence on your life.

You can temporarily do it with chemicals: Alcohol, Prescription, over-the-counter or street drugs. But The problem with that is, when you return to the real world, the things you were worrying about are there waiting for you, and you’re further handicapped in dealing with them by the hangovers and other physical weaknesses. This kind of escape gives no real benefit and has its own added costs.

Note: If you cannot quickly kick this habit alone, get help!

The only real antidote for worry is action.

Decision is the empowering opposite of worry. When you take action to solve a problem, you take power away from the problem, and you gain power. For every source of worry and anxiety, there is usually a list of a number of potentially helpful actions. If you’ll get involved in making that list and acting on all the items on the list, worry will be eliminated; it cannot co-exist with such constructive action.

But what about the problem you cannot take any action to resolve? First of all, there’s rarely any situation that defies all action. But, for the sake of conversation, let’s assume that you are up against something so tough that, at least at the moment, there is absolutely nothing you can do, no action you can take. If that’s the case, then the only thing you can do is set that problem aside entirely and take action on some other matter or project that you can do something about.

5. Always Do Your Best:

When you go to your job or place of business today, be thankful you’ve got one, and give it the very best you’ve got. Tomorrow, thousands will lose their jobs, and then, maybe, wish they’d done things there differently. Tomorrow, a thousand entrepreneurs will close business’ doors, and then, maybe, wonder what might have happened if they’d advertised more creatively, sold more aggressively. There is a last time for everything.

Whatever you’re going to do today, give it your best, and take from it the best you can.

Source: The Ultimate Success Secret by Daniel S. Kennedy

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