Success in life can be measured by a number of things, here are a few of the most common criticisms that are placed on us in today’s society.
- Your social status
- Your wealth
- Your friends and family
Although there are many other measurements of ‘success’ in today’s world, these three in particular stand out to me, not because they are entirely accurate representations of what makes an individual successful, but because they lack what I believe to be the most important measurement of true success in life: happiness.
Being content with life is something that is difficult to assess when comparing ourselves to others, which is why I think many of us rely on externalities like wealth and status to assess whether someone is successful in life or not.
Although having secure finances, along with a great supporting cast may be solid building blocks for living a healthy life, I believe the most important measurement of true success is what lies on the inside (as cheesy as it is to say).
I put together a brief list of what I believe are some fundamental building blocks to constructing your ideal business. Personally, as a first year University student, it’s hard to not get caught up in other’s expectations for you; it’s easy to take the regular path of earning a degree and getting a regular 9 to 5 job, where you slowly work your way up the social ladder. For some people, that is an ideal career. However, I think in this day in age with the abundance of opportunities the internet has brought us, it’s easier than ever to become an entrepreneur, and play your cards at potentially striking it big with the next business idea.
I hope this list can encourage you to think about what is truly most important to you in life, and in a career!
1. Follow Your Passion
I don’t think I ever expected anything like an Oscar ever, to tell you the truth. That is not my motivation when I do these roles. I really am motivated by being able to work with great people and create a body of work that I can look back and be proud of. – Leonardo DiCaprio
Follow Your Passion
Reading numerous biographies of great people and from my own personal observations and encounters, I’ve realized that those who achieve greatness professional and personally follow their passion.
Take Leonardo DiCaprio for example. He knew from a young age that his passion was in acting, and for his entire life as relentlessly pursued his goal. Now that he has achieved all that he can ask for on the silver screen, he is now following another passion: environmentalism
In 2000, he hosted an Earth Day celebration and interviewed former U.S. President Bill Clinton for a television segment about global warming. DiCaprio also wrote, narrated and produced The 11th Hour, an environmental documentary that was released in 2007.
The reason why great people are few and far in-between is because most people don’t even know what their passion is. In the case for Leonardo, he has many passions, he has a clear visual of what he wants to accomplish and how he wants to accomplish it, and then he sets out and does what he wants to do, which is anything but easy, but is also why he is a very successful and influential human being.
For those that do figure out their passion, most of them don’t follow their passion consistently.
2. Start Now
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." - Martin Luther King Jr.
There are many factors that go into becoming a success in both your professional and personal life but the one factor that is required is taking action. Most people miss out on reaching their full potential because they never start. They are always preparing, planning and waiting for the best time to start. If I waited until I was ready, I would not have a coaching practice, a website, a blog, a workshop, etc. The stars rarely align and you will never be completely ready so just start now and adjust along the way.
Are you waiting for something before you start? What is your planning to doing ratio? What’s really the worse thing that can happen if you got started right now? If you are someone that’s just been waiting, stop reading this post and get started on what you have been wanting to do. This article will still be here when you get back!
"Success isn't always about greatness. It's about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come." - Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson
Deep down, we all know what our passions are. I know when I was young, my whole childhood was based off the idea that I would one day become an NFL player, you could imagine the heartbreak when I found out my 40-yard dash time of 5.2 seconds in grade twelve was a far cry from NFL contingency, but I digress.
It’s one thing to follow your passion, but the most difficult aspect of chasing your dreams or building a successful business from the ground up is being consistent.
I know this struggle all too well; trying to balance a university workload, a social life, a semi-decent sleep schedule, and trying to post regular content to my website is something I still have yet to master, but I still have hope!
When building any business, you need to be consistent, and you need to use the internet to your advantage. Maybe you have a diet plan business or a tutoring business, staying active on social networks and/or your website is arguably the most important thing to ensuring your success in that area - assuming that what you are pursuing is indeed your passion!
"I always tell up-and-coming DJs you have to really love what you do and find that interest to drive you. It requires so much attention to detail, and it takes up a lot of your time. You hear a song, and there are so many little pieces that make that song work. It requires a lot of patience, diligence, and resilience." - Steve Aoki
Things rarely work out the way you planned and there will always be distractions and stumbling blocks that you have to deal with when you are on your road to success. The key point to remember is to persist and to develop the courage to move on even when everyone around you is telling you it is ok to give up.
This does not mean stubbornly holding on to your original plan but rather continuing to pursue your goal as long as the reasons for doing so is still valid (Make sure you know the “Why” of what you want). When everything seems to be going wrong, keep in mind that “the road to success is paved with a thousand failures” so each failure actually brings you closer to where you want to be.
How often do you quit because things got tough? I know sure as hell that I have quit studying for a challenging exam because I just couldn’t seem to grasp the material. But sure enough, the longer I sit in front of my books, the more information I seem to absorb, amazing right? Not exactly… Being persistent will always pay dividends, no matter what it is you are trying to accomplish.
5. Add Value
"Our goal is to make the best devices in the world, not to be the biggest. " - Steve Jobs
No matter what you do and where you go, you can’t go wrong with adding value. Simply put value is anything that people are willing to pay for. In your professional life, the more value you can offer the more money you can make. In your personal life, more value translates to closer relationships and strong personal growth. The best way to add value is to find the intersection between what people are willing to pay for and what service or product you can offer that is aligned with your values, strengths and goals.
How are you adding value to your employers and loved ones today? What can you do to increase your ability to add value?
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6. Build a Support Group
"Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships." - Michael Jordan
Build a Support Group
While mentors serve as a guide with whom you review your past actions and plan your next steps, a support group are your companions that help you with during the actual execution of your plan. This may be in the form of a mastermind group or accountability partner where you keep each other accountable for your goals and to help each other deal with situations that may arise while you are on your journeys.
It is extremely helpful to have someone you know that is willing to listen to your frustrations and self-doubt and to encourage you and remind you of how far you’ve already come.
For me, I am always extending a helping hand to others in my blogging niche in an attempt to build my own support group. Now, it’s easy to get this term mixed up with family and friends. Although those who are closest to you will listen to your ideas/complaints and give you encouragement, they aren’t the ones who will help push your ideas forward.
It’s best to find people with the same mindsets, same ideas, and same goals as you, and criticize each other’s projects, whether it be a startup business or an idea for a new product. You need people who are going to be 100% real with you, and sometimes, family and friends won’t be those people.
So, who is in your support group?
I hope this article helped inspire some constructive thought towards your goals in life!
If you liked the article, be sure to share with friends and family. To my regular readers, you can expect more content like this, only in the future, I plan to go into much more detail on specific areas, rather than only briefly touching on keys to success like I've done here.
Thanks for reading.
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