Dan Low, in his article “Psychological Mindset for Success ” explains the traits he has found in the most successful people he has been involved with in his 25 year career as a personal development trainer.
Here, in my opinion are the key ingredients. If you are weak in an area then we can concentrate in the coming weeks and months on overcoming the hurdles. These are the core subjects we will covering in much greater detail in the coming modules. No negativity here please.
Anyone can become whatever they want if they will simply change their mindset.
10 key Steps To Success:
Step one. Ideas.
“All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.” – Napoleon Hill
“Oh dear” I hear some of you cry,
“I have no idea”
– a few points here: Sit down with a blank piece of paper in a quiet place and write down at least 10 things you are interested in. Do this every day.
- Then list 5 things that you have previously considered to make money or improve your life- it doesn’t matter if they seem impossible to achieve, or are just a dream. For now we just want you to get in the habit of sitting quietly and thinking.
- It doesn’t matter if some of your ideas seem silly, you are the only one who is going to see this.
- If you have only have 1 idea per day then at least one or two will be moved to your list of possibles.
- Get in the habit of doing this on a regular basis. Get those creative juices flowing!
- Look around you, there are loads of opportunities all around you, get in the habit of opening your eyes to them
- If you can not think of something original, copy someone else! Richard Branson and the late Sam Walton (unfortunately no relation)! of Walmart fame, both acknowledge that they regularly copied other peoples ideas and then simply aimed to do it better.
“All the breaks you need in life wait within your imagination, Imagination is the workshop of your mind, capable of turning mind energy into accomplishment and wealth.”
I have some of my best ideas in bed & the strangest of places and I have a terrible memory-
Write things down!! If you prefer to make notes on your computer here is a great free online tool that I use: workflowy
Get into the habit of thinking creatively, thinking positively, opening your mind to new possibilities. Look around you at new businesses that are opening, interesting websites. It is estimated that we have 60.000 thoughts a day, get into the habit of thinking “I could do that.”
Maybe, like me, you have so many ideas it is difficult to know where to start? In which case prioritise them. Which would be the easiest to get started. Which would be the most profitable with the least hassle.
In the last few months I have seen three types of offline businesses on my travels that I know would do well in my area. I have also seen a very unusual (some will consider its silly), simple, yet profitable new business where I live that could do well in many places around the world.
- It is high profit
- It is new with little or no competition.
- Lowstart up costs.
- Low running costs
- High profit
- Minimal staff & its not a skilled profession so minimum wage.
- I and many of my friends have never seen or heard of it before so it has the “latest craze” factor.
In the “How to Start a Business” module I will write a detailed review showing you what at first appears to be a ridiculous idea. You may have course have seen it before, but that is not the point. If you get into the habit of opening your mind then you will be amazed at the possibilities that you will start to see.
The thing is I am constantly looking and thinking about different ways to make money. It’s a habit I got into 30 years ago and its one you should develop as well. If you have done all of the above and yet still have no ideas then do not panic. If you get in the habit of opening your mind and looking around you, ideas will start to flow, BUT we also are here to help.
One of the major benefits of being a member of the winners inner circle group is that in the coming months we will give you lots of ideas and the opportunity to test drive them for pennies or, wherever possible, free of charge. So if you are struggling to come up with an idea right now, move on to step 2.
Step 2. A Positive Mental Attitude
I have the following quotation pinned to my office wall & I use it every time one of kids comes up with an excuse for failing to do something:
“A positive mind finds a way it can be done. A negative mind looks for all the ways it can’t be done.” N Hill
I mentioned in the introduction that it’s vital to surround yourself with positive people and that I walk away from negative ones.
A friend of mines mother in law is one of the most spiteful, nasty, negative individuals I have ever had the displeasure to meet. Every time she opens her mouth it’s a constant stream of negative drivel and she seems to delight in peoples failures. How many times have you heard this kind of person?
“it will never work,” “that’s a stupid idea,” “Mr Jones son went bankrupt doing that”…et al “But you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”
― Timothy Ferriss, The 4 Hour Workweek
95% of people do not even have the mindset to succeed, your job is to find the 5% who do. You have made a great start by joining the winners here.
Step 3. “A burning Desire”
The starting point for success at anything that is important to you is passion.
If you are not passionate about what you are trying to achieve, how can you expect others (your friends and family, potential clients, business partners, investors, etc) to feel the same?
Napoleon Hill, in his classic book “Think and Grow Rich” refers to this as a burning desire.
“Desire is the starting point of all achievement, not a hope, not a wish, but a keen pulsating desire which transcends everything.”
I started my first “offline” business aged 21. I was working in sales for a business equipment company who were doing well, but could have done so much better. The directors wouldn’t listen to any of my ideas so I decided to start my own business. It took me 9 months of planning and sleepless nights to start the company. I had no family money nor business experience. My dad worked in a factory 12 hours a day, doing a job he hated.
The banks would only lend me peanuts, BUT I spent every waking hour (and a fair amount of sleep time) thinking of ways to succeed. Learning to overcome all the obstacles that were put in my way.
I didn’t realize it at the time (it would be another 10 years before I read Napoleon Hills classic book “Think and Grow Rich”) but, I had a burning desire for sure. In subsequent businesses I had the same feelings, and let’s face it you, have to be 100% committed at the beginning or at the first sign of trouble you will fail.
Ask yourself this question: Are you “interested” in being successful or are you committed to it?
Step 4. Mastermind group
Congratulations you have already taken that step by joining us here at the winners inner circle mastermind group.
“The richest people in the world build networks; everyone else is trained to look for work.” - Robert Kiyosaki
Step 5. Enthusiasm
Step 6. Clear, written goals
“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” ― Albert Einstein
This is a huge subject that we will cover in depth in future articles.
Step 7. Time Management
Learn to be organized and make time for your new project.
I recently had the pleasure of talking to Professor Morton Grosser PHD. He is in his 70,s but is currently learning his 7th language. He already speaks fluent Russian & Chinese plus 5 European languages.
He is an author, venture capitalist, professor, astrophysicist, pilot, and so much more. I asked him how he found the time?
The simplest of answers “I never owned a television set in my life.” Now this suggestion did not go down well with my wife & kids BUT I hardly watch tv and I do find time for lots of projects. At the very least you can make time by cutting down on the amount of time you spend sat in front of the television. In a later article we will cover this subject in much greater detail.
Step 8. Take Action & Do Not Be Afraid to Fail
High achievers take action.
Procrastinators get nothing done. I have heard so many excuses over the years including the classic “we are going to emigrate but we are waiting for the dog to die.”
The world is full of “gunners”- “I am gunner (going to) do this when: the kids have left home, I have more qualifications, I have more money in the bank, when I retire”……Guys, we have one chance at life and it can be taken away at any minute, this is not a dress rehearsal.
If procrastination is a problem for you then get over it and do something, anything, right now to start the climb to the top. Get off your butts and do something TODAY.
“An ounce of Action is worth a ton of theory”- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Successful people are not afraid to fail and if something doesn’t work they will learn from it and move on to the next idea. Thomas Edison famously failed many, many times but had this to say:
“I have not failed 10,000 times. I have successfully found 10,000 ways that will not work.”
Step 9. Focus & Persistence
It took me 3 years to master forex and internet marketing and 95% of people would have thrown the towel in.
I repeat the quotation from Dans’ article:
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent” – Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States.
Step 10. Hard work!!
Many of the websites I created over 3 years ago still earn me a few $100′s a month & I haven’t touched them in that time, however to get them up and running took me a great deal of time and energy and some cost.
The 10 houses my wife & I bought & refurbished took 18 months of hard work, sweat & tears but they earn us a phenomenal income every year & we haven’t seen them for over 5 years!
Be prepared to work hard and give 100% commitment at the beginning of your journey, later on you can choose how much you want/need to work.
Also if you choose wisely you can rule out the labour intensive options before you start.
10 Keys Steps to Success : Summary
If you can inject a burning desire into your thought processes and apply the other ideas and concepts above then you have made the first steps to become a more successful individual.
If you “quite fancy…”, “think you would like to…” “it would be nice to be rich…” – then take my advice and walk away now. You are wasting mine & your time and no amount of effort on our part will get you there.
Once again I ask you this question: Are you interested in being successful or are you committed to it? – its your call
In the next article we show you some of the 10 key steps in action. ACTION is the KEY to YOUR SUCCESS. Follow Richards Bransons strategy here: Screw it, Lets Do It
Author: Marc Walton
10 Key Steps to Success