Keys for a successful life
Firstly, what does that mean to you? For some it may mean a life without money worries, others want to achieve promotion and feel powerful in their company and some want to leave a legacy for which they might be remembered.
All of those, and others, are perfectly valid ideals so how can one piece of advice help you achieve that goal. That’s the dilemma. Any one piece of advice is useful but maybe you need to listen to lots of inspirational people who have achieved their individual ideal of success and blend their suggestions into your own mix.
Some ideas that you might like to think about …..
There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires to people all over the world. His work in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican and his statue of David.
Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist. Imagine if he felt his original idea of the statue of David was too big and he made it only 2 feet high. Would it have been as impressive? I think not.
Also, being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?
Many times, people decide to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier.
Find what you love and love what you do
Imagine that you get to do something you love every day and you get paid for doing it! Oprah Winfrey said ‘You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it’.
If you are in a job that you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?
Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.
Even if you’re not successful, you can still fill your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.
Work Life Balance
All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.
If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.
However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.
If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.
Learn how to fail
Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.
There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:
Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”
His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”
He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.
Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.
Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.
Be the person that does things
Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.
Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:
When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.
You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.
All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.
Applying this to you?
Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.
Believe that you can do it
Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.
It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.
Have a Positive Mental Attitude
From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America once said ‘Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.’
Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.
Replace negative thoughts with positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.
If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.
However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.
Hard work pays off
You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration”.
True success comes from work.
You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.
Trust in your own gut instincts
In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.
If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.
If you put all those ideas into practice and you work hard every day with a confidence in your heart that you will achieve things, then go for it!!