Success is such a buzz word, our eyes either sparkle or roll at the sight of it.
But the truth is, success is what we all strive for, is it not? So we actually do need to know about it… we just don’t need all the fluff and inspirational nonsense that comes with it, which is why I’m going to tell you the no BS version of what they don’t tell you about success.
Regardless of whether you want success as an entrepreneur (i.e. blogger) or in your 9-5, there are the same underlying principles of success that very few people talk about. You have some who say they were “lucky”, others who claim they “attracted” it, and others who contribute their success to “hard work and determination”. While all these things may be true, there isn’t one formula that works for everyone but there are key ingredients…
You’re hustling 24/7
When it comes to achieving anything you want in life, the hustle is really real. If you want to be average, you can hustle at a minimum; if you want to be exceptional, you can hustle a little more than average; and if you want to be successful, you’re hustling 24/7. Period. You’re always on the scout for a new opportunity, a new avenue for growth, and a new way to connect with the right people who will help you on your path.
But what does it mean to “hustle”?
It means your entire day is maximized to get the most work done in the amount of time you have. For us side hustlers, that means we’re hustling before work, on our lunch breaks, during our commute, and after work. For a true entrepreneur, it means from sun up (5am-ish) to sun down (11pm or later).
Your work is your life and your life is your work. And if you do things just right, you’ll be able to have the two become one without animosity from either side.
Forget the past
The past doesn’t make you who you are today – the present moment does. Sure, there are certain events that led you here and blah blah blah, and as long as you’re using the past to project you forward in a positive way, that’s fine.
But when you start using the past or your current circumstances as an excuse for why you’re not where you want to be, it’s over. You’re going to keep the cycle going when you continually harp on how you grew up poor, how no one liked you in high school, or how you’re not smart enough, etc.
Let me tell you something… I didn’t grow up rich, I was bullied from 6th-11th grade, and I also did so poorly on my SATs, I had to take them over again. At first glance, that looks like the story of someone who would be apt to fail, but none of that stuff holds me back today because I refuse to let it. My life is the complete opposite of what it was then, and it’s not because I kept those thoughts in my mind. It’s because I pursued what I wanted without any doubt.
And my story isn’t unique; in fact, there are tons of highly successful people who have “sob stories” like Einstein, Biggie, Oprah, and Steve Jobs. Open your eyes to the opportunities around you and stop blaming the past for your present moment.
Have a positive attitude
Success isn’t a bed of roses – it’s hard. Some days you’ll want to give up, and other days you feel like you’re on Cloud 9, but no matter what, you have to keep a positive attitude.
It sounds cliche, but here’s the thing…
Positivity will be the only thing that saves you when times get hard. You have to keep pushing forward, keep faith that your hustle will pay off, and you have to think only good thoughts about your business. As soon as you let one negative thought in, it’s like the floodgates open and suddenly all your fears come true. What you think about, you bring about.
What has come to a shock to you on the road to success? Share your stories in the comments below!