4 Reasons You’re Not as Successful As They Are.


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We all want to be more successful.

From the time we’re on infant, we just want to be a little bit better.

It’s about making that new sound or learning those new letters or scoring a higher grade on test.

It’s about being more successful.

But a strange thing begins to occur shortly after we start chasing this magic experience we call success.

We start to notice that other’s around us seem to be find ing success faster than we are.

We look around and notice that while we’re still busting-our-butt, they’re on yacht (sometimes literally).

So what makes that happen?

Why aren’t you as successful as they are?

1. They are putting in more effort

Quite frankly, this is probably the most common reason you aren’t as successful as you think you should be. You just aren’t putting in enough effort. You are trying-and-failing two or three times and then pretending like you need more evolved processes.

It took Colonel Sanders more than 125 tries to get his recipe for fried chicken right. It took Thomas Edison over 1,000 tries to get a light bulb to work. John Creasey got 753 rejection slips before he went on to publish 564 books. Even Dr. Seuss tried 27 times to get his first book published.

Get it? Nothing world-changing even starts to occur without you being deeply, and quite insanely, obsessed about your mission. You run until you only have the strength to walk. And when you can’t walk, you crawl on your hands and knees until every ounce of strength you have is gone.

And most of us aren’t willing to be that vulnerable, that raw, that committed in our quest of success.

2. They don’t care about your opinion.

Social peer pressure and conventional wisdom is the fast ticket to mediocrity and being a “nobody”.

Successful people don’t care a lick about your opinion or anyone else’s opinion in the room. Instead of shuffling through life bouncing around from one crazy opinion to another, successful people listen to their own opinion. They have a strong internal GPS system that points them in the right direction.

Just because other people want to be stupid and criticize your bold vision doesn’t mean that you need to lose your confidence and believe that you are doing the wrong thing. There is nothing wrong with disagreeing with everybody around you and creating a destiny that you only can see right now.

When you don’t care about what other people think, you are prepared to do something spectacular.

3. They created the trend you’re copying.

Know who makes the most money off marketing automation technology, inbound marketing tactics, and other new and amazing “7-Step” programs? The people inventing them.

The next time you find yourself on a landing page where you are being offered a remarkable plan for easy-access to fast success, don’t forget that the super-special, one-time savings you are paying puts money into some one else’s pocket. You won’t ever get rich and successful that way.

Guess what? Copying what other people are doing is the absolute worst way to attempt success. And sadly, its the one thing that most business people find themselves doing. From social media marketing to pitch lines to sales tactics, we find ourselves copying the other guys instead of creating success for ourselves.

Want to be successful? Create the trends that other people want to copy.

4. You are. You just don’t know it yet.

How do you know you’re not successful? Do you want more money or fame or respect?

Nothing happens overnight. One thing you need to learn as soon as possible is that success is more a state of mind than dollars in a bank account. And without the state of mind you’ll never get the rest of what you want.

The truth is that you are madly successful already. You have all the skills and knowledge you need to achieve outrageous acts of success. You may not feel like you’re bad-ass. And you may never use the skills that you have, but that doesn’t change the fact that you are already as successful as any one around you.

Look around.

Get excited about the opportunity to go do something amazing.

Be one of those people that others look up to.

Maybe there’s a yacht in it for you somewhere.

Either way, it’s everything you ever wanted to be.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Dan Waldschmidt
Speaker, author, strategist, Dan Waldschmidt is a conversation changer. Dan and his team help people arrive at business-changing breakthrough ideas by moving past outdated conventional wisdom, social peer pressure, and the selfish behaviors that stop them from being high performers. The Wall Street Journal calls his blog, Edge of Explosion, one of the Top 7 blogs sales blogs anywhere on the internet and hundreds of his articles on unconventional sales tactics have been published.


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