What Does It Take To Be Successful? (Part 1)

You may have asked yourself this question many times – at least I have, even before starting my professional career. Maybe you look up to certain people in your life, or admire the rich and famous ones and think they’ve just been lucky to get where they are today. What I’ve come to realize in the recent years is that there’s no such thing as ‘getting lucky’. Luck is nothing but intention or strong desire combined with definiteness of purpose and followed by action towards it, one step at a time.

However, the most important part to achieve your goals is having the right mindset and the understanding of what success really means to you. Although everyone has their own version of success, one of the best definitions I’ve come across was the one offered by Earl Nightingale, who stated:

“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal” ~ Earl Nightingale 

This basically means that each and every person who has a clear set of goals and is actively taking steps towards it is a successful person. Therefore, the only ones who are considered failures are either those who don’t have any goals at all, or those who are not actively pursuing them – and instead, settle for the status quo. As mentioned in one of my previous posts, in order to be set free from a cage, we first need to be aware that we’re in one. 

No LimitsBob Proctor is one of my main influencers in the personal development field, whose teachings I follow and apply on a daily basis. The information that he presents not only resonates with me, but I know from my own experience that it works. I’ve applied it already many times in my life in the past – although completely unconsciously back then.

You see, before starting to study personal development, I was what Bob calls an ‘unconscious competent‘ – in other words, I’ve reached what others considered ‘unrealistic’ goals, but had no idea why I succeeded. If you feel that you know what you want but are not sure how to achieve it, or think that it’s impossible, I can assure you that the first step to achieve your goals is the strong belief that you can.

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t – you’re right. ~ Henry Ford

Who am I to give you this advice? Well, just think about this for a few moments: I was born and raised in a former communist country, growing up in a traditional family that was very much used to blindly follow the rules. We’ve never had much, but merely managed to make ends meet on a monthly basis. For a long time during childhood we didn’t even have heat throughout the winter, because we couldn’t afford the cost – so we used to bundle up inside the house where the temperature has often dropped below freezing.

My parents encouraged and supported me with everything they could, but even they were often intrigued by my lofty goals, high standards, and willingness to challenge their way – I was what they used to call a ‘rebel’. So many times I’ve been told: “Where do these ideas of yours come from, as for sure not from us. You need to be grounded in reality, not live in a fantasy world” 🙂

Well, my fantasy world back then was so much better than my reality that I preferred to dream and long for the day when I’ll be free of all that lack and limitation, to live the life that I design for myself, without playing by someone else’s rules or being conditioned to be ‘an actor in someone else’s movie’. Many years have passed since then – and here I am now on a different continent, a citizen of a country that is admired all over the world, and having access to so many resources that once I could only dream of – and am really grateful for it.

Therefore, if I have done it, what’s your excuse? I strongly believe that it’s never a matter of capability – we’re all capable of achieving great things; it’s only a matter of willingness and understanding. So I’d recommend that you start with getting to know yourself.

On this note, would highly suggest watching the video below. Although it was recorded around 25 years ago, the teachings are as true now as they were back then and as they will be in the next 25 years time.

Hope that you found the information interesting and it has triggered within you the curiosity and willingness to learn more. If so, you may want to bookmark this website as there’s much more to come. Stay tuned! 🙂

**UPDATE: you can read the second part of this topic here

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