Want to be successful? Looking for a shortcut that will make you more happy and achieve all of your dreams this year? Well, here you go. My shortcut to instant success.
We all know that there are no shortcuts to instant success. Sure there are shortcuts that can help you achieve short-term results, but they won’t last, not in any meaningful way. But here are some things that I’ve learned.
- Practice. Nobody gets good at what they love just overnight. Even prodigies have to hone their craft. Sure, some of us are born with a “gift”. But we all know someone who has natural God-given talent that they squandered because they didn’t make themselves improve upon their talent. Talent + Practice = Success.
- Persevere. We live in an instant gratification society. We want a fully cooked meal in the time it takes to drive from the menu board around to the window where you hand them your money. We want a blog post to tell us how to be instantly successful. Young people want to begin their married lives living in a house they can’t afford filled with stuff that it took their parents 30 years to accumulate. And it leads to misery. Perseverance is sticking with something and working at it when it seems like no one appreciates what you’re doing and when it seems like it will never pay off. If you stick with it, you will look back one day and realize that you’ve grown and sharpened your skill set. Nothing happens overnight. Be the guy or gal that never gives up.
- Be nice. Arrogance is never pretty. Assuming that people owe you something is never pretty. Learn to be humble. Do nice things for people even if it will never benefit you. People are naturally attracted to humble and kind people. Plus, it never hurts to do good.
- Don’t believe hype. If people constantly tell you that you are no good and will never achieve your goals, don’t believe them. If people constantly tell you that you are the greatest thing since fried chicken, don’t believe them either. Stay humble, stay persistent and be nice. Thank people for the compliments and thank people for honest feedback that tells you that you need to keep practicing. Then don’t give up.
- Understand what true success is. Money will not solve all your problems. It might remove some pressure, but at the end of the day, you will still be the same person. Don’t get lost in the pursuit of success and neglect the people around you. If you can look back on your life and see that you have been surrounded by people who love you and care about you, and that you have done everything you can to benefit others, then you can say you have succeeded.
There you go. My shortcut for instant success. Now to remove my tongue from my cheek.