We all want to be successful. But success means something different to everyone. What some people see as success, others View as eternal hell. Your vision of success is something that is deeply personal to you. Nobody can take it away from you.
If you have a clear vision of what success means to you, then all that’s left is to create a game plan to get there. Everybody’s game plan will be different. Still, there are a few things that you should know before you start your journey.
Hard Work Doesn’t Necessarily Equal Success
All the gurus out there tend to say the same thing. You have to work hard in order to succeed. If you hustle, grind and work your face off, you will have success. While this might be somewhat true, there is a caveat.
While being successful in most cases does require you to work hard, working hard doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be successful. There are a lot of factors to consider. Your game plan has to be on point, the timing has to be right, and there is, contrary to what you might think, a little luck required.
Now, does that mean you should give up? Of course not. If you’re anything like me, just knowing that your working towards success is enough to elevate your state of mind. Keep pushing. Just don’t forget that working hard is only half the battle. You have to work smart as well.
Reverse Engineering Successful People Doesn’t Always Work
There are a ton of people out there trying to sell you the “secret to success.” And some of them are actually very successful. But just because there game plan worked for them doesn’t mean it will work for you. Your goals are different, your life is different, you are different.
It’s good to study successful people. It’s good to figure out how they got to where they are, but don’t forget to take it with a grain of salt. Try what they did. Continue to do it if it works, but leave it alone of it doesn’t. Remember, your vision of success is personal to you, and by default so is the path to get there.
This Isn’t a Level Playing Field
“Everybody has the same chance as everyone else.”
This is one of the biggest myths about success that exists; the belief that everyone starts on a level playing field, that hard work and dedication are the only contributing factors to success, that everyone has the same chance to succeed as everyone else. I hate to be the bearer of bad news my friend, but this simply isn’t true.
The truth is that the rich and privileged have a better chance of being successful. They have the resources to make things happen. They have the connections that will help them get where they want to go. Unless you fall into this class of people, you’re going to have to work a bit harder to get the success you desire.
Again this doesn’t mean that you should give up. In fact, it means just the opposite. People love an underdog story. I can’t wait to hear yours.
Okay, Jay, You’ve Thoroughly Bummed Me Out. Is there an Upside?
I’m glad you asked. The answer is yes. The upside is that you have just as much of a chance of success as you did before you read this. The upside is that you can be free to create your own path; to figure out what works for you, without feeling obligated to follow anyone else.
The purpose of this article wasn’t to discourage you. It’s purpose was to show you that there are many paths to success, so if one doesn’t work, you’re free to try something else. Keep plugging away, keep adjusting, and then come back here and tell me your story.
Thank you for your attention.