What is the key to success?… Perhaps it is best summed up by this quote:
“Everyone is looking for the magic pill to success,
The one key ingredient,
The one single key to success…
There isn’t one key.
There are many.
You have the keys, and you have the locks, you just have to do the work. “
Here is the Key To Success… Actually 10 Keys To Success that will get you well on your way to living the life YOU want to live:
1. Set Clear Goals.
Many studies have proven the link between successful individuals and goal setting. Simply put, how do you expect to reach your desired destination if you do not know where that place is? Set clearly defined short, and long term goals, with dated deadlines and review them daily so they soak into your subconscious mind. After you’ve done that, note down all the action steps you must take if you are to reach those goals. Then… GET TO WORK. If it works for you, create a vision board of all the things you want and review that daily as well.
2. Strong Work Ethic
The saying “Hard work beats talent” is true, almost every time. Lazy and successful are not two words that go together. If you aren’t willing to work for it, don’t expect to have it long term.
Just like anything in life, if you don’t work on it consistently, chances are you will lose it. If you aren’t consistent with your diet and workout routine, you will lose any good health and good physique you had. If you aren’t consistent in your relationships – chances are you’ll have problems. Same is true in business and entrepreneurship – if your message isn’t consistent, if your work ethic and output isn’t consistent, how do you expect to have consistent growth and success?
Discipline is a huge one for all types of successful individuals, from athletes to billionaires. It’s the discipline to get up early when you don’t feel like it. To say no to a night out with friends, because you have something more meaningful to work on, the discipline to say no to negative temptations and short-term gain, in order to achieve long-term results and pride.
5. Willing To Sacrifice
The ability to sacrifice NOW, so you can enjoy later. To not take the easy path, but whatever path leads you to where you want be – LONG TERM.
6. Continuous Pursuit Of Knowledge
As Napoleon Hill said in his great book, Think & Grow Rich:
“The way of success is the way of continuous pursuit of knowledge.”
The world is moving and evolving so fast, if you aren’t adapting to change… if you don’t have the mindset that you can never learn enough, soon whatever you have learned won’t be enough. Think about all the jobs, opportunities, industries and businesses that are at the top now, but did not exist when you were in school. Billion dollar brands like AirBnB, Instagram, Uber, Bitcoin and Spotify did not even exist 10 years ago! If the founders of these platforms didn’t have the mindset of continually learning and applying new technologies and opportunities, their inventions would not exist. The more you LEARN, the more you EARN.. and you can NEVER learn enough.
7. The Ability to Listen
Just like you can never learn enough, you can never listen enough. Listen to others who have succeeded, and failed before you. Listen to the great teachers and leaders. Listen to friends, family and business colleagues to form better relationships. Listen to feedback and criticism to improve yourself, your business and your results in any area of your life. Mr. Know-It-All never stays at the top, because he never has his eyes open to things that may be wrong, things many other people see. Be open to listen, humble enough to admit defeat if defeated, but strong enough to follow your gut instinct every time.
8. “I Will Never Quit” Attitude
Read about any successful person at the top of their field, and the story is almost always the same. There was at least one moment in their life where they were down and out, where everything seemed impossible, like there was no way out… Where 99.9999% of people would have given in and settled for an average life. But they kept going and somehow, turned EVERYTHING around. Not only did they turn it around, but they applied the lessons and GREW from the failures. That is the attitude everyone must have if they want success in any area, because LIFE will throw you challenges and you WILL FAIL if you are pushing the limits. Develop the grit and determination to keep going, when it all seems impossible. To say NO! I WILL NOT QUIT when everyone else would expect you to cave in.
9. Clear Purpose In Life.
Nothing in life will throw you off course if you have meaning and clear, powerful direction. If you know your WHY, you can survive any how. If your WHY is strong enough, you will go through any pain or setback to get your goal.
10. Not afraid to take risks.
You can’t expect to achieve great things, if you aren’t willing to push yourself to great limits with great risk. It’s just common sense really. Successful people are wiling to take risks (usually well thought out) to achieve what they want in life. Unsuccessful people on the other hand always play it safe, and therefor can never live more than a safe life… which might be what they want, and that is fine, no judgement. But if you want a GREAT life, you will have to accept some form of risk to get great rewards.