First let us start by defining success:
True success is measured by the feeling of knowing you have done a job well and have achieved your objective. Success is not measured by our position in life but by the obstacles we overcame to get there. Learn the definition of success.
Success in life is not determined by how we are doing compared with others, but by how we are doing compared with what we are capable of doing. Successful people compete against themselves. They better their own record and keep improving constantly.
Success is not measured by how high we go up in life but by how many times we bounce back when we fall down. It is this bounce back ability that determines success. I like these below quotes they inspire me to do more and more in life. Hope they will inspire you too.
“Success doesn’t mean the absence of failures; it means the attainment of ultimate objectives. It means winning the war, not every battle.” Edwin C. Bliss
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal.” Earl Nightingale
Success and happiness go hand in hand. Success is getting what you want and happiness is wanting what you get! Most people literally wander through life. They simply accept whatever fate brings them. A few may succeed by accident, but most suffer through a lifetime of frustration and unhappiness.
What you will learn from this article.
This article will help you establish new goals, develop a new sense of purpose, and generate new ideas about yourself and your future. It will enable you to guarantee yourself a lifetime of success.
Have a positive attitude and believe that after reading this article you take a step to start your own business and stop blaming the whole world, your parents, teachers, spouse, the economy and the government for your failures. You are where you are in life because you want to be there. You have been looking for failure and you have got it. The good news is, now you have found Business Ideas and you are getting out of your comfort zone.
Most people find what they are looking for. If they are looking for success, happiness and the positive, that is what they get. If they are looking for failure or excuses, then that is what they get.
But always remember this, when you go looking for gold, you have to move tons of dirt to get to an ounce of gold. But when you go looking, you don’t go looking for the dirt, you go looking for the gold.
Rule 1: The kind of Spouse you have
Your biggest obstacle to attaining success is often found right at home: It’s yourself and your spouse. Too often, people live their lives in a manner that is not conducive to creating real success and then get frustrated at “the system” when they only really have themselves to blame.
You’re going to have an enormously difficulty to go in life if the person you expect to be there holding your hand is constantly frustrating your dreams, ambitions, and goals.
For example, if you want to stay out of debt, he or she isn’t shopping behind your back or secretly creating more debts you don’t even know exists.
Some spouses are always criticizing their partners no matter what.
They are never on their partner’s side. Instead they are always on the other side. These people have made a career out of criticizing their partners. They criticize as if they will win a prize at a contest. They will find fault with everything and every situation. You will find people like this in every home and every family.
Most of these people are failures who waste their time going around finding fault and telling everybody how bad things are and blaming the whole world for their problems. We have a name for these people. They are called energy suckers. Do not listen to them.
Rule 2: Stay Away from Debt
With a few notable exceptions, debt is a form of bondage; a disease that enslaves the borrower. Imagine your life without owing anyone anything; your car, your house, your education, all paid for in full.
Does that seem impossible? It shouldn’t be. Remember what we said in the above paragraph, you find what you are looking for, if you are looking for debt you will get it. Learn to stay away from debt. Handle you affairs responsibly. The key word here is responsibility. Psychologically, when people are handling their affairs responsibly, they never get into irresponsible debts
Rule 3: Do Things Differently
There goes the saying “insanity is doing the same thing over and over expecting different results,” this is nothing but the whole truth.
If you don’t like where your parents were at your age, stop what you are doing. During your childhood, they taught you all they knew about money. For many people, these early years established how they feel about their finances today. In order to become financially successful, you must do something different than they did. Otherwise, you will end up exactly as they are
Rule 4: Do Something You Love and Get Paid for It
I remember most of my friends at college who wanted to be artists, scientists, and businessmen, but instead they ended up doing what their parents or grandparents told them to do. There is no honor in being a doctor or a lawyer if you wake up every morning and hate your job. Pick a profession you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.
Rule 5: Understand the Money Myth
Money is nothing more than a piece of paper with the image of a long-dead person on it. When you understand that any power it has over you is derived from your relationship with it, you suddenly become free from the constant pressures and stress of thinking about it. Especially at times such as these, if you are putting money away for ten, fifteen, or twenty years down the road, stop checking your portfolio every day! There is nothing you can gain from it except stress.
Rule 6: Your New Commodity is Your Ideas
Your ideas are the most valuable thing you possess. Every man, woman, and child is a salesman for a living; if you don’t own a business or investments, then you sell your manual labor to a company in exchange for a paycheck. Change your product. The gap between the rich and poor does indeed grow larger with each passing year, but not because of inequalities or any other such injustices. Instead, it is because the rich understand money and how to use it. Money is literally a seed; learn how to plant it to produce the best harvest. When you do this, you will rule your finances, not the other way around.
Rule 7 Count your blessings
Count your blessings, not your troubles and stop crying for other people’s blessings. What you have now is enough for you. With what you have you can build success. Remember the definition of success above “Success in life is not determined by how we are doing compared with others, but by how we are doing compared with what we are capable of doing. Successful people compete against themselves. They better their own record and keep improving constantly.”
Sometimes we are so focused on complaining about things we don’t have that we lose sight of the things we have. There is a lot to be thankful for. When I say count your blessings, not your troubles, the message is not to become comfortable where you are. Remember we are talking success I want you to change your life and became successful but you also need to be thankfully of what you have.
Rule 8: Always be a student
They say Intellectual education influences the head and values based education influences the Heart. In fact, education that does not train the heart can be dangerous. If we want to build character in our offices, homes and society, we must achieve a minimum level of moral and ethical literacy. Education that builds fundamental traits of character such as honesty, compassion, courage, persistence and responsibility is absolutely essential.
We don’t need more academic education; we need more values education. I would stress that a person who is morally educated will be a lot better equipped to move up in life or succeed than a morally bankrupt person with excellent academic qualifications.
The most important thing one can learn is to “learn to learn.” People confuse education with the ability to memorize facts. Education of the mind without morals creates a threat to society. The tragedy is that there are many walking encyclopedias who are living failures.
“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Derek Bok
Rule 9: Stay Away from Negative Influences
Today’s teenagers learn from adult behavior and the media. They face peer pressure.
Peer pressure is not just limited to teenagers, it is also prevalent in adults. It shows a lack of self-esteem when people do not have the courage to say “No, thank you,” and stay away from negative influences.
If you want to soar like an eagle, you have to learn the ways of an eagle. If you associate with achievers, you will become one. Associate with thinkers and you will become one. Start associating with givers, you will become one. Again associate with complainers, you will become one.
Whenever people succeed in life, petty people will take chances at them and try to pull them down. When you refuse to fight petty people, you win. I read somewhere that in martial arts, they teach that when someone takes a chance at you, instead of blocking you should step away because when blocking you use energy. The energy that you should be using somewhere valuable. Stay away from negative people. Remember, a person’s character is not only judged by the company he or she keeps but also by the company he or she avoids.
Rule 10: Learn the Habit of “Do it now”
The saddest words in life are:
- “It might have been.”
- “I should have.”
- ” could have.”
- “wish I had.”
- “If only I had given a little extra.”
If someone says “I will do it one of these days,” you can be sure it means none of these days. Some people keep waiting for all lights to turn green before they leave home. That will never happen and they fail even before they start. That is sad.
What time is it and where are we?
The answer is now and we are here. Let’s make the best of now and utilize the present to the fullest. The message is not that we don’t need to plan for the future. The message is that we do need to plan for the future if we utilize our present to its fullest.
If you want to be successful, learn the phrase, “do it now” and stop the habit of procrastination.
We have all procrastinated at some time in our lives. I know I have, only to have regretted it later. Procrastination leads to a negative attitude. The habit of procrastination exhausts you more than the effort it takes to do it.
Then there is another kind of people who procrastinate by saying “I’m getting ready” and a month later they are still getting ready and six months later they are still getting ready. What they don’t realize is they are suffering from a disease called “making excuses”
Let us conclude by the story of Abraham Lincoln
Tom Watson Sr. said, "If you want to succeed, double your failure rate."
Most people who are successful have stories of failure to tell but people don’t see the failures. They only see one side of the picture which is their success.
We all know the story of Abraham Lincoln
- He failed in business at the age of 21 ;
- was defeated in a legislative race at age 22;
- failed again in business at age 24;
- overcame the death of his sweetheart at age 26;
- had a nervous breakdown at age 27;
- lost a congressional race at age 34;
- lost a senatorial race at age 45;
- failed in an effort to become vice-president at age 47;
- lost a senatorial race at age 49; and
- was elected president of the United States at age 52.
Judge for yourself. Would you call him a failure? He could have quit. But to Lincoln, defeat was a detour not a dead end.
The famous quote:
“Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really: Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, so go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success. “Thomas J. Watson