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My dad once told me that it was OK to dream. That dreams are the stepping stone to creating a vision. A vision that would ultimately lead to a goal and to a higher self-purpose. However, the lack of execution would only hinder any manifestation…that dreams would only stay as that, dreams, if no actions are taken.
Our generation has been spoiled with the idea of instant gratification and has romanticized the concept of entrepreneurialism. The successes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and Steve jobs have been publicly illustrated as a modern Cinderella story. However, society has eluded to remind the aspiring business owner of the hard work, due diligence, and perseverance these great men have endured. They reaped what they sowed because they paid their dues. They sacrificed time, energy, and incessant socialization to build their businesses. In keeping with John Asaraf’s principles to success, they did the right things at the right time at the right place towards the right path. Those who are successful knew what needed to be sacrificed to get where they wanted to be. They didn’t just dream and fantasize their desires, they planned and executed. You can daydream and plan all you want, but without action, all the resources at your disposal will be of no use.
Anyone can show you the door, but YOU will have to walk through it. And this is what separates the men from the boys, the women from the girls, and where the rubber meets the road.
So what exactly can you do to help you walk through that door?
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
According to the Wall Street Journal bestseller, The One, prioritizing the most important thing needed to accomplish in your life will be the key to a domino effect of good consequences and extraordinary results. Focusing on one item that will have the most impact when achieved will ultimately relieve you of any unnecessary tasks or distractions. Hence, the Pareto Rule. Disheveled organization (yes it does exist) will be eliminated and clarity on the next action will emerge. Do not spread yourself thin. Distributing your attention to several things simultaneously will only forego your ability to give 110% to anything at all. Laser focus is key.
It’s a redundant theme that I explained earlier. Understanding what you need to give up in order to achieve your desired success is vital. Knowing when to stay in to practice your craft or revise your business plan instead of partying, investing money back into the business instead of a leisurely shopping spree, or focusing your attention on building your brand instead of catching up on The Walking Dead or Game of Thrones, will pave way to a future that will allow you to do all of those things while everyone else is worried about their 9 to 5 job. Working an 80 hour week to avoid working a 40 hour week for the rest of your life is much more rewarding.
It’s impossible to accomplish success alone. Everyone at some point has had help, whether it’s a mentor, a friend, an investor, or even Jesus or Buddha. For Nasty Gal’s CEO and Creative Director Sophia Amoruso, she had her investor Danny Rimer. Oprah had Jeffrey D. Jacobs, the Beatles had George Martin, and Joel Osteen had his unwavering faith in God. You have to seek wisdom and surround yourself with people who are not only better than you but more knowledgeable. Not only does this assist you in acquiring an advantage but also motivates you to increase your potential. Your exterior is an extension of who you are and where you want to be. So associate yourself with those you want to reflect. As Norman Vincent Peale popularized, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
And as the old adage saying goes, you should learn how to stand on the shoulders of giants.
- Skin Deep – Beauty can be measured in different forms and is merely a small factor in determining who you are.
- 48 Laws of Power – The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene is the life book you need to succeed in anything you do.
- Keeping Motivated – Sometimes we hit a wall, but don’t ever forget why you started; always persevere.
- How to Get Lucky – Success is partly luck, and mostly action. In order to get lucky, you have to make yourself available.
- Not All That Glitters is Gold – Social media is everyone’s highlight reel; don’t get stuck in the smoke and mirrors.
Have you ever had a time when you had to get over the jealousy bug? Share your experience and tag us at #conqueringWonderland!