11 Powerful Keys to Success, Whether we like admit it or not at some point we’ve all read an article or two about the mythical “keys” to success.
recently writers and advice-givers of all kinds have been making the mistake of gravely over-reducing their recipes for success.
Reductionism is natural, it’s a tendency ingrained deeply in our psychology. 10 commandments feel better than 12, and the rule of 3 feels better than the rule of, say, 8. The problem, however, is an oversimplification — a seemingly benign but actually pernicious effect of hyper-reductionism.
- Determination is necessary but, like each of the 5 keys, not sufficient for success. I should clarify that when I say “success” what I’m referring to are the highest possible levels of success. Not middle-management or being a star on the high-school basketball team. Think more like CEO, NBA (and or MVP), Pulitzer Prize, Oscar, Grammy, Nobel, Heavyweight Champion, etc. The specific degree of success matters because determination alone is, perhaps, enough to be moderately successful. But, unfortunately, it is not enough for true greatness. Nevertheless, I digress.
It’s not what you know that matters; it’s what you do with what you know that matters. Every action has a consequence, but to be successful it’s necessary to be patient and have faith. While you’re probably familiar with the quote, “The grass is always greener on the other side,” the truth is, “The grass is greener where you water it.” By tracking your behavior and actions you become aware of the results and consequences, making it easier to achieve your goals. We are lazy, so if something is inconvenient we have a tendency not to do it. Successful people understand that not doing it is not an option, so they step into challenging situations and get rejected thousands of times before getting any kind of recognition for their work or achievements. They understand that it isn’t how hard, fast, or much you can do, but how long you can endure.
- Skill. Skill goes hand in hand with determination. You can not become really skilled at anything difficult without putting in a lot of time and effort.
In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell describes an apparent phenomena which he calls the “10,000-hour rule.” The rule appears to hold true across a variety of fields ranging from music to writing, to acting, to sports, and the like. As the name suggests, the 10,000-hour rule states that it takes 10,000 hours to master something — to, in other words, become the master of some particular skill.
10,000 hours! No wonder most people settle for mediocrity, that’s quite a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. How can anyone keep their eye on the prize (i.e. be determined) for that long? The answer is passion.
Successful people are incredibly passionate about what they do. In fact, they don’t do anything they aren’t passionate about. You will never catch them muttering the phrase, “I never have time to do what I want,” because they know that they are already investing their time doing what they value most. Successful people are extremely focused on using and building their strengths—and outsourcing their weaknesses—to get the best results and feel fulfilled both personally and professionally. Passion is the driving force behind every action they take.
- Passion No one — not even the determined — can grin and bare it for 10,000 hours without passion. To practice something, unabated, day in and day out for the years or decades necessary to reach 10,000 hours is impossible unless you’re passionate about the thing you’re practicing. The old cliche that if you love what you do, you never have to work is true. Well, sort of.
- Discipline. Even when you’re passionate about what you’re doing, there are still going to be times when you simply don’t feel like practicing/training/writing/playing/etc. You won’t always be in the mood. But you can not let that stop you. You must not wait for the lightning of inspiration to strike for, if you do, you’ll waste your life staring up at the sky.
Pick something you love to do, set your sites on it, then create a practice schedule for yourself and stick to it no matter whether you feel like it or not.
Remember, today’s struggle is tomorrow’s strength.
- Remove All Distractions
Distractions cost employers $650 billion a year. They crush potential, limit progress, and cripple success. Ever wonder why you are derailed, diverted, unsatisfied, unfulfilled, under-producing, under-performing, over-stressing, over-scheduled, and overtired? The epic battle for all of us is the six inches between our ears. The #1 threat is distractions. Here are some staggering statistics. There are:
- 145 million emails sent per day
- 175 million Tweets sent per minute
- 1,000 new posts on Facebook per second
- 2.7 billion “Likes” on Facebook per day
- 75 million new blog posts per day
- 100 hours of video uploaded on YouTube every minute
So what do elite performers and successful individuals do that others don’t? They remove all roadblocks to success. Setting a timer and working in 90-minute increments on one thing—and one thing only—that’s what differentiates these high performing individuals.
- They Are A Master At One Thing
Successful people master the vital few things: functions, priorities, metrics, improvements, and support. They don’t do everything, they do the one thing they’ve mastered. Let’s look at some examples: Joel Osteen runs a $700 million a year organization, yet only focuses on the 22-minute speech he gives each week at Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas; Dr. Mehmet Oz has his own TV show, book, is one of the most recognized heart surgeons in New York City, and is highly involved in the community, yet he only focuses on performing the surgery, letting others plan, prepare, and execute everything else for him. Steve Jobs spent three hours of his own personal time every single day on the number one thing that would propel his organization forward. When they perform they only perform these vital few functions and they aren’t distracted by anything. They use this technique to elevate mental and physical capacities and increase skills, making them the absolute best at what they do.
- They Have An Undeniable Drive To Succeed
Staying up late, waking up early, getting no sleep at all is what successful people learn to do from the very beginning. Building a business is just like harvesting a crop: you have to prepare to plant, water, wait, commit,
and harvest. The same goes for reaching any kind of success: you have to prepare, build relationships, drip market, consistently take action, commit to getting a result, and reap the rewards. While many people think it’s easy, it really is anything but. Successful crops, just like successful businesses, take time to build, hours of planning, years of experimenting and changing directions, and an unwavering commitment from the farmer or entrepreneur to make a difference regardless of the circumstances. Old equipment, new equipment, dry ground, wet ground, corn, beans, it doesn’t make a difference. The farmer’s drive to succeed is relentless and so is the successful entrepreneur’s.
- They Are Incredibly Creative
Many businesses bootstrap it while picking up the momentum needed to succeed. The ability to be creative without investment is what many communities teach growing up. It doesn’t always take money to make money. In fact, the support of the community is often the driving force behind the success of both a person and a business. There is no doubt that entrepreneurs are not afraid to get down and dirty, and lend a helping hand in times of need. While many start-ups have little to no funding to begin with, they focus on the tools, resources, and knowledge they do have and become as resourceful as possible to achieve their end goal.
What are the qualifications of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerburg, Bill Gates, Ty Warner, Ted Turner, and 29 other billionaires? They are all college dropouts! They didn’t have the luxury of buying opportunities, support, or even the basic things they needed to start their new venture. Successful people understand that applied knowledge is more important than the consumption of knowledge, so they use what they have to create what they desire.
- Refuse To Give Up Even When The Going Gets Tough.
Success only comes to those who find wisdom, God will give you wisdom and wisdom will produce success.
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