The other day, a man in his early 20’s approached me and asked me for advice. “Daniel, I’m a young and broke college student with two children. Could you show me what to do to become a millionaire?”
Without hesitation, I rebuked him for his question. “How dare you call yourself broke? Is that what you’ve been associating yourself with in the past few years? Is this the way you see yourself?”
“No sir, I just thought…” he murmured. I cut him off, “Look if you want to be rich, you cannot buy into a story of poverty. Even though your circumstances may seem unfavourable at the moment, it doesn’t mean that it will last forever.”
My answer startled him, but it was the truth. Later on, he realised that no one was going to feel sorry for him and he determined to correct the situation. Only those who are willing to pay the price will ever get the chance to have a taste of success.
Here are seven major steps for achieving massive success:
1. Flow Naturally
The biggest mistake that ambitious people make is that they are too hard on themselves. They set deadlines and demand a lot out of themselves. When they don’t meet their expectations, they end up frustrated, sometimes even hurting themselves in the process.
Oftentimes, being too hard on yourself is the quickest way to burn out and lose hair.
Before I wrote this article, I panicked for three days, wanting to create the perfect piece. I attempted it a few times, but it didn’t quite come out the way I wanted it to. After going through a few rituals, I sat down on Day 4 and pumped it out effortlessly.
Before you create greatness, you must soak up some life experiences and clear your mind. Soon enough, you’ll flow naturally, like this article.
2. Change Your Life Story
Everyone has a life story that they tell themselves and other people. What’s yours? Like the college student, many people play a certain story in their heads. Every time we tell our life story, whether it’s past or present, we believe it more and more.
Don’t relish in poverty, unless you want more of it. Too many people celebrate their broke story in order to seek acceptance from other broke people.
To change your life story, focus on whom you’re becoming. You might not know exactly whom you’ll end up as (who does?), but you can focus on telling yourself and others about who you want to become. Sometimes, I’ll ask the universe to reveal the truth about my path and what I can do to materialise those objectives. Once you create your life story, become obsessed with it and keep feeding into it.
3. Imagine Perfection
I know of a man who earnestly wanted children for at least a decade. He was in his mid-30’s and had been trying with his wife, but had no success. Eventually, he bought a six-bedroom house that was way too big for him and his wife. However, he placed young photos of his wife and him to resemble his future children (assuming they would look like him).
He also took 30 minutes each day to tell his “imaginary children” to clean up, do house chores, and go to bed. What were his results? After six months, his wife conceived a child. He now has five children and could go even further if he wanted to. This is the power of acting on your visions and making your dreams a reality. Sometimes, you have to be “delusional” in some way to reach your highest goals.
4. Study Your Desires
On a daily basis, many people indulge in copious amounts of negativity. If you tend to notice, talk about, and identify with war, crime, disease, financial problems, misfortune, or disharmony, this is what you are inviting into your life. If you study miscellaneous things, you will get miscellaneous results. What do you normally study?
Many times, it’s hard to realise the subtle influence that we are exposed to. However, if you want true wealth, you must identify with the state of mind that you would most likely want to associate with. In other words, focus on what you want, not what you don’t want. Why dwell on financial despair when you could scheme up new ways to get the Rolls Royce you may want?
5. Take Care of Business
Before you even get close to what you want, you must take care of the little things. This means that you’ll have to clean out the closet, wash the car, and sweep the floor.
On a bigger scale, it means that you’ll have to find out everything you can about everything you want.
You must practice due diligence and do the necessary work if you want success in your life.
You must constantly eliminate the old if you want the new. I’m sure you can picture the old lady who wants a new purse and shoes, but won’t give away her current stash of purses and shoes in her closet. Many people allow these little setbacks to keep them away from wealth. If you want more money, take care of business.
6. Forget Haters
There’s always been a crowd of people who focus on haters so much that they’re oblivious to the people who are trying to help.
They talk about how everyone is against them and no one supports their behaviours. It’s sad truth is that only haters realise haters. Moreover, dwelling on other people’s opinions will forever prohibit you from living your life.
Instead of focusing on who you don’t want in your life, focus on who you do want in your life. Don’t worry about what ‘they’ think, but take unprecedented action toward your goal. Always search for people who can help you realise your highest goals.
You can do this by creating a “reach out” list of 25 people that you’d want to connect with. Soon enough, you’ll forget about your “haters” since you’ll realise that they were never there in the first place.
7. Become the Best
Real success can only happen when you become the best at what you do. Every day you have a chance to reach your peak performance. This is where you can use your talents, skills, and abilities in the highest capacity. For most people, they’re only using a fraction of what they have since it’s not demanded in their careers.
However, you have to seek a profession that allows you to become the best at what you do. When it comes to performing at the highest level, you must make sure that you’re focused on serving other people, not just doing it as a means to obtain money. Eventually, you’ll find that an abundance of opportunities will hunt you down. This is what will help you become the best at what you do.
Opportunities beget opportunities. However, these opportunities come for those who are prepared for them. We all know the famous quote, “Success is when preparation meets opportunity.”
Thus, you can only achieve your success when you’ve set yourself up for it. That’s why I strongly believe that when the mind is ready, the money will come.
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
Why Your Professional Persona Matters
You don’t have to become a different person to succeed in business.
For superheroes, getting into professional mode is as easy as slapping on some spandex, a mask and a cape. For the everyday entrepreneur, however, the proper work mindset is less about attire and more about adopting a professional persona.
Your professional persona is your personal branding in the workplace. It refers to the way that you conduct yourself publicly in a business setting, and the image you project to coworkers and colleagues. Far from contrived or inauthentic, it’s simply the polished-up way that you present yourself professionally.
How do I develop a professional persona?
It’s actually extremely easy to develop a professional persona. All you have to decide is who you want to be in the workplace, and then take efforts with your attitude, dress, and conduct to become that version of yourself. Action follows intention, and over time, you’ll find that adopting your professional persona feels as natural as putting on your coat before leaving the house.
Now that you understand what a professional persona is, let’s talk about why you should work on cultivating one and what you stand to gain.
Create a self fulfilling prophecy
Success is typically hard-earned and slow in the making. However, if you take the time to develop a professional persona, it can help bring success sooner. If you conduct yourself casually and informally in the workplace, you’re less likely to be taken seriously and might spend far longer in the career trenches.
But if you make a concerted effort to conduct yourself with the professionalism of a manager or CEO, you’ll make yourself a more desirable candidate for advancement. Since you’ve already demonstrated the appropriate attitude for higher level positions, you’re more likely to be thought of when opportunities arise.
Focus on what’s important
When you establish a professional persona, you put yourself in the right state of mind for work. This can help you attain your career goals.
Say, for instance, that one of your big career goals is to become a leading authority in your field so that you can become the next TED Talk celebrity. With this specific goal in mind, you can tailor your professional persona so that it can help advance you toward this goal. For instance, you might begin speaking at local networking events or starting a topical podcast. Doing things like this will help you establish a professional persona of being an expert in your niche.
Make yourself indispensable
One of the best ways to create job security is to make yourself indispensable in your position. A professional persona can help by letting you establish recognisable and dependable hallmarks in your working style.
For instance, perhaps part of your persona is that you are the person who always meets his or her deadlines on time. In time, this will become part of your professional identity and will be part of how people see you in your office or field. When others know and trust that they can depend on you, you’ll make yourself indispensable. Over time, this can have a powerful and positive effect on your career.
Be taken more seriously
A casual attitude is fine when you’re hanging out with friends. But in a professional setting, it may be holding you back. When you present yourself with a more polished professional persona in work settings, you’ll be taken more seriously. This doesn’t mean you can’t have fun at work, of course. But it does mean that you should conduct yourself with an air of professionalism and should never engage in bad habits like gossip or use language that might come back to haunt you later.
Remember: You get what you give. When you act respectfully in the workplace, you’re more likely to be treated with the same respect.
You’ll get more followers
More and more, entrepreneurs are using social media to attain a higher professional status or to attract more business.
When you take the time to develop a professional persona, you adopt a personal style, a way of articulating, and potentially even an aesthetic. These things add up to more clear and compelling personal/professional branding. This can help you maintain a consistency on social media platforms that makes your posts recognisable. Over time, this can lead to additional followers, which can mean more opportunities for selling, career advancement, and more.
Develop a thicker skin
You’ve probably heard that you shouldn’t take things personally in the professional sphere. But anyone who has ever experienced rejection or criticism in their career knows that this is much easier said than done.
Your professional persona can help give you some personal armour. When you have a professional persona, it can be easier to separate your personal life from your work to a greater degree. No, this doesn’t mean that you won’t feel any pain when things go wrong, but it will allow you to compartmentalise in a positive way, so that an issue at work doesn’t impact your personal life quite as much.
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
6 Steps To Cultivate A Success Mindset
What does a winning mindset mean to you? It’s what has separated the likes of Tiger Woods, Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Usain Bolt and Floyd Mayweather from fellow professional athletes. Adopting a similar approach could help you achieve massive success in 2019 and beyond.
A winning mindset is the trait that allows you to persist even when defeat looks like the most probable outcome. People with a winning mindset are much clearer about the process to attain their goals. They are not afraid of failure as long as they believe that they’re doing the right thing. That’s the difference between winners and losers.
1. Persist and understand that you must put in the work before you see results
The most successful people embody the principle of a winning mindset, because very few people in the world, be it in sports or business, can succeed without having to overcome obstacles. It’s seldom that talent is all one needs to succeed in any endeavour, otherwise most people would be successful.
A good way to understand this principle is to observe professional athletes before and during tournaments. Anybody competing in professional sports, such as the Olympics, has the talent but not all professional athletes are winners. A number of their memorable victories were achieved when they came from behind, when it looked like they were losing.
2. Press the reset button for the new year
The new year is notorious for long lists of resolutions that are not honoured and ultimately remain wishes. That said, the dawn of a new year tends to bring with it positive energy and a commitment to do things differently.
Entrepreneurs need to approach the New Year with a simple goal to do better than the prior year in whatever endeavour they are undertaking. It is important to build on current success or failure, and then commit to go one up. That way, the goal won’t seem unattainable.
3. Take small incremental steps
The first step is to be clear about the goal and to write it down where you can see it every day. The second thing is to map the process of how you will get there, broken into small steps. From there onwards, focus on the process and not the goal as this allows one to achieve small but important victories. This needs to be backed up by an appropriate support system, associating with like-minded people.
4. Don’t stop upskilling yourself
Success in business is about creating shared value and solving real-world challenges that customers grapple with. Skills are therefore necessary to achieve success, so upskilling oneself is never a bad investment. It’s good to know something about everything, but ultimately one needs to know everything about something.
Some skills will be brought in through hiring staff, others through outsourcing and in some cases through strategic alliances.
5. Remember that no goal is static
One of the most important things to always remember is the goal, and that the goal is dynamic; it will have to be adjusted along the way. Business leaders can therefore celebrate the small victories fully aware that there is more work to be done. Achieving temporary success is easy, especially with all the tenders around, but building a sustainable business and staying on top requires persistence and hard work.
6. Your top tool is in your head
It’s all in the mind, backed by passion and a strong desire to succeed. If anything, business leaders need to train themselves to be uncomfortable with the status quo, not to get too comfortable with the present.
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Taking Care Of Mental Health Is Powerful, Not Weak
Charlamagne Tha God talks success, anxiety and mental health.
It’s time to open up. No matter what you’re dealing with, you’re not alone.
There is nothing shameful about having anxiety. Think about this acronym for FEAR – you either Fear Everything And Run or Face Everything And Rise. The more you confront the things in your past you don’t want to do with, the more you’ll be able to move forward. So, are you going to run from your fear, or face it?
On today’s episode of The School of Greatness, I talk about anxiety and PTSD with a man who has become an unofficial mental health advocate: Charlamagne Tha God.
New York Times bestselling author Charlamagne Tha God is best known for being co-host of the nationally syndicated hip-hop iHeartRadio program “The Breakfast Club.” He is also a social media influencer; an executive producer with his own production company, CThaGod World; and co-host of the popular podcast Brilliant Idiots.
Charlamagne says that refining his life’s mission and examining his past helped him take control of his anxiety.
Don’t allow anxiety or depression to cause you to keep suffering. Learn about Charlamagne Tha God’s mental health struggles and what he did to restart his life on Episode 721.
This article was originally posted here on Entrepreneur.com.
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