Advice for becoming successful
1. Invest At Least 10% Of Your Income In Yourself
If you don’t pay for something, you rarely pay attention.
Most people want stuff that’s free. But if you get something for free, you rarely prize that thing. You rarely take it seriously.
If you aren’t invested in your business, you probably won’t do high quality work.
If you’re not invested in your relationships, you’re probably more focused on what you can get than what you can give.
When it comes to self-improvement, investing 10% of your income on yourself will yield a 100X or more return on that investment. For every rupee you spend on your education, skills, and relationships, you’ll get at least 100 rupees back in returns.
2. Invest At Least 80% Of Your “Off” Time Into Learning
Most people are consumers rather than creators.
They are at work to get their pay check, not to make a difference.
When left to their own devices, most people consume their time as well. It is only by investing your time that you get a return on that time.
Nearly every second spent on social media is consumed time. You can’t have that time back. Every consumed moment leaves you worse off. Every invested moment leaves you better off.
Entertainment is all well and good. But only when that entertainment is an investment in your relationships or yourself.
The world’s most successful people are intense learners. They are hard readers. They know that what they know determines how well they see the world. They know that what they know determines the quality of relationships they can have and the quality of work they can do.
3. Don’t Work For Money, Work To Learn
“When you are young, work to learn, not to earn.” — Robert Kiyosaki
Just as a large majority of your down-time should be spent learning, so should a great deal of your “working” time.
Wealthy and happy people work to learn. Unsuccessful and unhappy people work primarily for money.
Only 20% of your energy should be spent doing your actual work. The rest should be spent learning, improving yourself, and resting.
4. Don’t Learn For Entertainment, Learn To Create More Value
“The key secret to success is not excessive expertise, but the ability to use it. Knowledge is worthless unless it is applied.” .
Unless you’re invested, you probably won’t learn with the intensity needed to maximize that knowledge.
When you learn something, you should get a return on that learning. Far too many people read books now just to say they’ve read lots of books. If you’re not applying what you’re learning, your consuming and wasting your time.
5. Invest At Least 10% Of Your Income Into Vehicles That Will Generate More Money
Very few people create true wealth.
Even those who have high incomes are not truly wealthy. Most people’s lifestyles match their incomes. When they make more, they consume more. In fact, most people make money solely to consume.
Very few people make money to invest that money.
The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The best time to start investing was also in the past. If you haven’t started yet, don’t sit and wallow in regret. Tomorrow doesn’t exist for people who don’t do something today.
6. Shift Your Motivation From Getting To Giving
“The world gives to the givers and takes from the takers.” — Joe Polish
Most people are only focused on what they can get out of life.
When your motivation is to give, you’ll often get insights about how you can improve your relationships.
You’ll have more ideas about how you can improve other people’s lives and businesses.
You’ll start contributing more, which will lead to far more opportunities and deeper relationships. People will come to love and trust you. Your work will be motivated by a higher cause and thus will be far more inspired and impactful.
7. Create Win-Win Strategic Partnerships To Achieve 10X or 100X Goals
“All failed companies are the same: they failed to escape competition.” — Peter Thiel
Most people are in a state of competition rather than collaboration.
What you can do well, someone else may struggle with. What you struggle with, others can do extremely well.
Who can you partner with that could speed your process?
If you want to get 10X or 100X the results of other people in your field, you need to develop strategic “win-win” partnerships. This generally happens when you devise a plan where your skill sets and assets merge with the skill sets and assets of someone else.
8. Set 10X Goals and Face Your Fears
Look at your current goals.
Why is that your metric for “success”?
Why is that your target?
What would happen if, in all seriousness, you 10X’d that target?
What if rather than earning $3,000/month, you pursued $30,000/month?
Is that even possible?
Of course it’s possible. There’s several people doing it.
The only difference between them and you is their education, relationships, and strategy.
When you set a 10X goal, you’re required to think very differently about your daily behaviors. You’re required to be more serious in all aspects of your life. You’re required to eliminate limiting thinking and consumptive distractions.
9. Get Really Really Good At Marketing
Marketing is nothing more than applied psychology.
It’s about connecting with people, persuading them, and helping them.
Many people think marketing is a nasty or immoral thing.
Many “artists” don’t learn marketing because they don’t want to “sell out.” They want their work to be pure.
Academics are not better. Their work is not accessible to the common man.
Marketing is nothing more than making your work easier and better to find and use.
People aren’t magically going to appear and buy your stuff.
People aren’t going to magically appear and read your stuff.
10. Have A Firm Stand, It Becomes Your Brand
In order to be successful, you must believe in something.
You must have a stand.
All successful people and brands have a clear WHY.
If you want to be compelling and interesting, you must truly believe in something. You must have a clear stand. That stand becomes your brand. It becomes your trademark. It becomes how you distinguish yourself from others.
- Are you doing these 10 things?
- Do you want to become a multi-millionaire?
- Are you ready to think and act bigger?