Achieving the top 5%

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Much has been written about success.  You will find many differing opinions on not only how to achieve success, but even on what success is.  For some people success is financial bliss.  For others, it is freedom.  Yet others find success in health, family and friends.

Some say that success is just luck.  “Luck?  Nonsense. The harder I work, the luckier I get” said multi-millionaire Ralph Engelstad.  Hard work?  Forget about that!  Success is about laziness, says The Lazy Way to Success.  So who is right?

Can we distill all the success literature into 5 simple pieces of advice that all the “success experts” can agree upon?  I think you will find the Top 5 list below in all but the most radical personal development and success thinking out there:

1. Do What You Love

It is hard to argue with this one.  Have you ever found anyone that is successful doing something they hate?  I guess you can take the definition of success to any extreme, but I have a hard time accepting that anyone living in misery doing something they hate can be called successful.  Naturally, doing what you love gets you the motivation and the excitement required to achieve success.  In fact, for many, doing what you love is success in and of itself.

2. Perfect Your Game

If your definition of success is being great at something, then studies have shown that the secret to success is to practice to perfect your game.  These studies even argue that natural talent is irrelevant, and that it is all about the practice.  Regardless of which side of the nature versus nurture argument you simpathyse with, most people will agree that in order to be successful you have to perfect your game.

3. Be Unique

It is hard to imagine a clone being a symbol of success.  Success is about bringing your own unique ways to the world, adding diversity and value.  Most experts will agree that if you want to be successful you have to find you niche, you have to find ways to leverage your own unique gifts.  Success, even in its very definition, is about your own unique perspective in our vast universe.

4. Believe in Yourself

I am yet to find a successful person that does not believe in himself.  If you don’t believe in yourself, who will?   Studies have shown that success is influenced by your mindset.  Successful people believe that they can get better through their own efforts.  If you want to be successful, start believing in yourself.

5. Never Give Up

Last but not least, every success guru will tell you that you must never give up.  To be successful you must persist through failures, criticisms, rejections, and all the other negative things in life.  You must have heard the old cliché that success is a journey, not a destination.  In the success journey, the only time you can say for sure that you are not a success is when you give up on the journey.


Author: Daren Rowse

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