“If you really look closely, most overnight successes took a long time.” – Steve Jobs
98% of world population want to be successful, less than half have made attempts to “know” something about their want, but less than 20% have made a deliberate effort to “do” something about it. For this article we would be addressing largely those who are trying to “know” something and those who have decided to “do”. This leaves us with two categories of people; the Knowers and Doers.
The knowers are largely those people with plenty of theoritical knowledge on secrets to success, these guys know so much that they could make be successful by just teaching the world how to be successful! Unfortunately all they have is knowledge with experience at zilch. If you are a knower interested in becoming successful (at what you know, lol), I have a little extra knowledge for you. Contrary to popular opinion, there are no secrets to success…say again, there are NO SECRETS to success.
A secret is defined as something that is meant to be kept unknown or unseen to others. Something that is not properly understood; a mystery and in this case a valid but not commonly known or recognized method of achieving or maintaining something. These definitions clearly implies that the word secret cannot be associated with success. There are a lot of tips we all can adopt and I will be discussing briefly my top 3.
The new lazy trend is ‘Don’t work hard, work smart‘. This is laughable on so many levels considering people who give such advice have achieved zilch in their long lives thus far. Hard work is still the key to achieving anything. Look at the hours Usain Bolt puts into training for a mere 9 seconds race. Footballers train all week for a 90 minutes game starving themselves of a lot of delicacies. It is not smart work dear, it is hard work! Some of us can barely resist the urge to have a late night snack, cake or ice cream when we are offered talk less of exercise in the morning. The book ‘Nothing succeeds like excess‘ by Aruosa Osemwegie does justice to this topic.
A Great Team
This is the most true fact for success in my opinion and view. But to back up my opinion, I will quickly site examples. Messi is a successful footballer (this is not even debatable), but he is not solely responsible for his success! why? Someone discovered his talent. Someone took him to Barcelona for trials. He is probably the greatest player for Barcelona but he alone doesn’t make up the whole team. Jason Day is the current number 1 golfer in the world but he didn’t get himself there. He has a coach, fitness coach, probably a diet coach amongst other staffs that make sure he is shape to be number 1 in the world. Donald Trump…the famous controversial Trump did not get himself to be President all by himself, the work of Ivanka and all his other over 20 electoral staff prepared him for greatness.
In the words of Michael Jordan “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.” If you are still all about going solo, here is your reminder to quit that road trip now.
If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together
“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”– Helen Keller
It is difficult to put a hold on the ideal character of a successful person especially when you discover that all the successful people you know have very distinct temperaments and characters; from Gates, to Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet, Larry Page, Jack Ma, Sergey Brim…get the picture? What then is the ideal character a successful person or aspirant must posses?
This is a question with no ‘written on stone’ answer but…all the successful people are true leaders who
- Accept they do not know it all
- Apologize when wrong (immediately or later)
- Encourage you to go the extreme
- Listen more than they talk (except their job is to talk)
I hear people say; ‘I am good with people’, ‘I do not get angry’, ‘ I know how to work under pressure with little or no supervision’. Truth is, people just say whatever because you cannot really know your true character till you test the waters…with both feet! In the words of Pep Guardiola, “You cannot replicate the pressure of playing a penalty during a live game at the training ground“.
Without making this too much of an exercise for the eyes – I’ll end here. For all you reader billionaires, do share your ideas in the comment section. Thanks!
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