Top 7 Tips For Success

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In this post I will be sharing what I believe are the tips that will result in success.

If you examine the successful, you will realize that they all share these characteristics. Some of these tips are going to further reinforce what you already know and some are going to be out of the ordinary.

Your job is to evaluate your own life and find out which traits you possess and which traits you need to acquire.

Top 7 Tips For Success

1. Expand your mind and dream big

You can only accomplish what you set your mind on. Read that again and truly think about it.

Your mind is like a GPS. Once you punch in your destination, the GPS system will direct you to where you want to go. It won’t take you anywhere else, but to your destination. It’ll overcome closed roads, blocked streets and everything else in order to get you to where you need to be.

The same can be said about your mind.

Your mind only achieves things that it is locked onto.

Hence you can truly use this to your advantage. Use your mind to dream big. After you do so, lock into these big dreams and dedicate your mind to create these dreams.

Form a vision that replays in your mind over and over again.

I cannot stress how important it is for you to do this. You need to stop with the small dreams.

Dare to dream of the unthinkable, the impossible, the improbable. It doesn’t matter who you are. You can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Alongside dreaming big, you need to expand your mind.

You expand your mind by enriching it with knowledge. Not just random knowledge, knowledge that results in change. Knowledge that makes a difference.

I advise that you set a goal to knock off one book a week for three months straight. The book has to be nonfiction of course and has to be something that you can use.

If you’re a salesman/woman, pick up a sales book.

If you’re a lawyer, pick up a book on persuasion and influence.

It’s your job to expand your mind and to plant the necessary seeds that will lead to success.

2. Work harder than the next man/woman

Hard work is the link that will transform your dreams into reality. You can sit there all day and all night engaged in wishful thinking and you’ll never reach success. However, if you get up and bust your ass day in and day out, you will succeed sooner or later.

Success never comes without hard work.

A lot of people know this in the back of their mind however they still aren’t engaged in hard work. They are still looking for the quick solution that will transform their vision into reality. Well I hate to break it to you, but there is no quick solution.

You have to put your nose to the grindstone and work like a madman if you want to achieve your dreams. There is no escaping this.

If you’re not willing to do the work, do yourself a favor and stop reading right here. The rest of the information in this article will do you no good.

Under this tip, I also want to include the notion of being self disciplined and being self reliant.  I believe these two tips go hand in hand with being a hard worker. Majority of the people that have a great work ethic are self disciplined and they are also self reliant. They push themselves and they do for themselves.

It’s very hard to succeed if you are depending on others. The reason for this is simple. Others will always take actions that benefit them instead of you. This is human nature.

With that stated, you need to depend on yourself.

If you want something done, do it yourself.

3. Use your time wisely

Time management is one of the greatest skills that you can possess.

You, Bill Gates, LeBron James, all have twenty four hours in a day. It doesn’t matter how poor you are or how rich you are, we all have twenty four hours.

Your level of success is determined by your use of these hours.

Replace idle time with work that is designed to move you towards your goals.

If I were to analyze your day and see how you spend your twenty four hours, I could tell you in a heartbeat what your future is going to look like.

Most people spend a large chunk of their twenty four hours sleeping and yet they still say they want to succeed. I don’t understand the logic in this. You have to use your time wisely.

Time is the ultimate asset. We are all dying. Each day is bringing us closer and closer to death. Hence our time is very limited. Put your time to use and stop messing around.

If you truly want to make your dreams a reality, you better use those twenty four hours constructively.

I advise you to monitor your daily activities and to take note on where you spend your hours.

A lot of you will realize that they need to make some changes.

Better to know and change than to be ignorant. So get off your ass and use your time wisely.

The new episode of your favorite TV show can wait. Spend your time on meaningful stuff.

4. Don’t take “NO” for an answer

On the path to your dreams, you will come into contact with people that will close the door on you when you are in need of help.

Your job is to not take NO for an answer. Your job is to try every door out there. Don’t stop.

A lot of people throw in the towel, don’t be one of them.

Success isn’t going to be no walk in the park. You know this. So why get discouraged when you are bombarded with a bunch of NO’s?

Keep going…even if you don’t feel like it.

5. Persevere

This tip goes hand in hand with the previous one.

Failure is going to get all of us.

We are all going to fail in one way or another, however what separates the successful from the unsuccessful is the successful keep going.

The successful become more motivated to succeed as a result of failing whereas for the mediocre the opposite ensues.

6. Don’t be afraid to step on a few toes

People tend to play it safe. They don’t want to offend anyone and hence they just live life aimlessly trying to please every person they meet. Don’t be this person.

Instead be the person that is driven to achieve his/her goals.

Now, I’m not saying that you have to be a total prick or anything. What I’m saying is stop trying to please everyone. Sometimes people are going to get their feelings hurt as a result of the actions that you take. You can’t live your life worrying about others. You need to worry about yourself.

7. Be selfish

Yes, you read that correctly.

I am a fond believer in being selfish when you are chasing success.

Think about it.

You only got twenty hours in a day, you only got so many days on this planet, you only got so much energy, are you going to invest those resources on yourself or on somebody else?

The answer to this question determines your level of success in life.

It’s very hard to soar to the top of the world by being unselfish. I wish this was the case, but it’s not. In fact it wouldn’t really make sense if this was the case.

There is nothing wrong with being selfish. Society has made people feel guilty for being selfish. However being selfish is essential if you are to create your dream life.

Don’t be ashamed.

The key however is to become unselfish once you have achieved your dreams. Don’t lose yourself in the process of chasing success.

After you have reached success you’ll be in a position of power to make a difference in other peoples lives and you should truly use this power to enrich the lives of those around you.

Those are my seven tips for success. Use them if you please. Most of these can be acquired quite easily. You just need self discipline.

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