Fundamentals For Sustained Success
Success in any field is much like losing weight, in that the formula is simple and has been written about a hundred times over. Here’s the thing, for the majority, results typically don’t last that long for either endeavor. It’s not uncommon to be successful for a month or even half a year. I’m sure we’ve all achieved some form of short term success. The problem isn’t getting momentary results, it’s keeping the result over the long haul.
The 4 principles outlined below will show you how to achieve genuine success…the kind that lasts from your 20’s to your 90’s and can be applied to any desire of your choosing.
1. Not afraid to fail
Failure is part of every successful individuals story. When Warren Buffet buys a stock, he doesn’t care about how much it fails early on, he simply knows that over the long haul, his investment will appreciate to a handsome some of money.
During my time working at a direct marketing firm, the National Consultant, John Carty came into the office to share some wisdom in achieving success in this cut-throat yet very profitable business model. He asked, “Who here was the high-roller of the office last week?” After 5 seconds or so, I hesitantly raised my arm. Mr. Carty asked the group as a whole, “what two things did Brandon do more than anyone else in the office last week?” The office stood quiet, not wanting to say the wrong thing.
Apart from the obvious answer of selling the most product, Mr. Carty stated, “For one, Brandon probably up-sold the most amount of customers (true), and secondly, Brandon failed the most.” The office took a moment to comprehend these words. “You heard me right. Brandon got the most “no’s” last week. He failed the most. He failed 50 times a day, where most people will only accept 10-15 failures (rejections). Brandon kept on pitching customers. That’s why he was the most successful.”
I’ve failed plenty of times since then. Losing a business. Unsuccessful product launches. Failed races. This is part of taking on big projects and challenges. However, I’ve always managed to learn incredible lessons from all these moments, which propelled me to greater successes and a mindset built to stay strong and persevere.
2. Be patient
Quick long term fat loss doesn’t exist. A successful business built out of thin air doesn’t happen over night. A strong, healthy physique takes years. A thousand mile journey starts with one step. An 80,000 word book starts with one sentence.
The individual who possesses patience will not only achieve great riches and successes, but will obtain the added bonus of embarking on an incredible journey of growth and self-discovery…potentially the greater gift of the two?
3. Love what you do
You’ve probably heard the old saying, “if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” I believe this to not be far from the truth. When you love what you do, developing your skill set, investing time and being genuinely engaged in the process is easy to do. Imagine wanting to get better, wanting to invest your ‘off’ time into what you do, happy to be involved in the process. This is a recipe for inevitable success, as the development of who you are, and what you’re working on is organically going to steadily grow.
Staying fit and strong is easy for me to continue to succeed in, primarily because I love it. Same goes for being a wellness educator. I never have to worry about not succeeding, as I love what the job entails; from the research, to the reading, to the training. It’s a passion.
Creating sustainable success is hard and can be rather exhausting, especially when you lack passion. Loving what you do is the anecdote for hard and exhausting, as it’s what you would do regardless. When you have an unwavering mentality because you love what you do, how can you not achieve the desires you seek.
4. Know yourself
How can you achieve success if you don’t know what you want or don’t know what success looks like to you? It’s like looking for that lost item without knowing what the item is. Sure, you might stumble upon it – maybe – but you’re surely going to waste a lot of time along the way. Asking yourself some critical questions before you pursue a life of success will prevent many misguided journeys.
What would truly make me happy?
Why do I want to be successful in this field?
What am I willing to sacrifice to achieve this success? Is it really worth it?
What will this success provide me?
What in life is really important to me? What do I truly value?
Am I just focused on the destination? If so, change your perspective. It’s the process that creates true authentic human success and fulfillment.
And finally, what does success mean to me and why? I’ve heard stories of some of the richest and most powerful men in the world who are miserable. Would you call this success? I certainly wouldn’t. I would say they are successful in this particular area, but they are far from a success.
When you take the time to answer these questions, you will discover a deeper understanding and acceptance for “success”, and with that, lead a life of true meaning. A life worth living.