What It Takes To Succeed In Life
As most of you know, I am very success orientated. Success is different for each person, so I am not going to go to deep into that. However what I do want to share with you is what I have found, both threw study, and my own experience, what it takes to become successful. That can be applied to WA, your website, or anything in life you want to as well.
"Never give up, never surrender." From Galaxy Quest, Jason Nesmith.
To be successful, you just need to keep moving forward. Sometimes you will be making leaps and bounds, other times you will be moving at what seems like a snails pace. But time is going to go by anyways. The sun will set today and raise again tomorrow. Next year will come. You can either be that much closer to your goal and your dream, or not.
It really is that simple. Think about an actress who just showed up over night really. Like Jennifer Lawrence and the Hunger Games. If you look her up, she has been in a few movies and tv shows since 06. But she hit it big once Hunger Games came out. And even since then she has done some movies that are just as big, and some that aren't really and never hit the theatres.
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." And I would like to add, "You will never get there if you stop walking." Always keep pushing through, keep moving forward. Reaching towards what it is you want.
If things aren't working out, that might be your single to learn more about something. "Frustration begins where knowledge ends." Even jumping through some hoops can seem overwhelming, but if you are prepared for the journey and know what is ahead, you will less likely be thrown by what comes your way.
Never be ripe
We have all heard this saying, "When you are green you grow, when you're ripe you rot." We all know the people who studied something 4 years ago, never practiced it once, and say things like, "Oh, I already know all that." Or, "I studied that already, tell me something new." Now they have their own challenges to overcome and reasons for saying what they do, but we are talking about us.
Always be growing. There is always something new to be learned. The world as we know it. Planes, cars, cell phones, televisions, etc. is so very young. Something new can always be learned. A high level horse clinician once said about horsemanship. "Be humble with your knowledge, because as soon as you start to think you know it all you will round the corner and there will be someone who knows 100 times more then you." Chris Cox said that.
There is always a better way, but you are going to be doing the best you know how to at this moment. Always be raising that bar higher and soon you will be at the level you have always wanted to be. As well as doing the best you really could the whole time.
Focus Foucs Focus
This is probably one of the most important ones right here. Although they all really go together and work with one another. However, if you never focus you never can really get anything done. Focusing is sticking with one thing. Doing it well, learning, crafting, tweaking. It doesn't mean you don't add things to it later on, but just after you have focused on one thing and have done it well.
However there is a fine line. And only you can tell where that line is for yourself. On one side is you need to focus and learn what you need to learn and overcome the obstacles associated with that. The other side is it just isn't working for you. It isn't what you need to be doing. You need to stop and move onto something else.
Finding that line can and is a difficult task. I mean, I could learn how to play an instrument and make music. I could focus and really learn, but my heart isn't into it. That really isn't where I want to spend my time. At least in this part of my life.
Another thing is recognizing your strengths. Lots of small businesses, not all but lots, go out of business because the owner, self employed, has to do everything. And it is their weaknesses that bring them down. Instead of focusing on what they do well, they have to build up what they don't do well. And it might not be something they care about doing.
Utilizing your strengths is another aspect of focusing. Knowing when to ask for help so that you can focus on what you are good at, and let them focus on what they are good at. Because what you don't like to do, they like to do and vice versa.
My photographer and I work together to get good shots of me on my horses doing what I do. She learns just enough to recognize the picture I want to her to get. And I do the same with setting up some really good pictures for the both of us. She will say, "Oh, this would be a good shot." And I do the same. I've studied photography because I love taking pictures, but I let her do her job and me do mine when I am on the horse. I focus on what I can do well and so does she.
This is it for now. I will be bringing you more in another blog post. Don't want to throw them all at you at once.