5 Principles That Make You Successful in Less Than 10 Years

Success is not easily attainable. You need a strong dosage of courage and boldness to reach it. You also need intelligence and commitment to set powerful, meaningful life goals, and patience to let all of the magic happen. There is no “key to success,” as many people might say. There’s only one way you can conquer this world and achieve your goals: self-confidence and honesty.

In order to be good at something, you must first be honest with you, and see where you stand. Are you on the bottom end? Are you on the top end? How would you describe your results compared to other peoples’? After you’ve answered that question, next step is working towards your self-confidence.

Accept what you should improve, and be bold enough to keep your head up no matter the circumstances. If you don’t see any tangible results after a while, don’t give up. It’s your goal, it’s your life. Make the best out of it.

Here are some ideas on how to climb the success ladder in less than 10 years. No jokes, I promise. Just (painful?) truths.

1. Not All People Are Successful

As I’ve warned you, I am going, to be honest with you. Most of the people you talk to, listen to, and care about won’t be successful. They might talk a lot about life goals, plans, and strategies, but they will get lost in the process. Their plans will disappear once they hit reality. They will understand that in the real world, you must provide in order to survive, and give out more than you can take.

For most people, that is a bummer. Such a bummer that most of them give up. They stop trying, and they blame it on society. They become “disappointed with life,” and lose it. They can’t evolve anymore because they need to survive – and in order to survive, they need to provide.

I am giving you this honest truth so you know what to expect. 95% of the people around you aren’t going to be successful. You might. But you must first understand how to join the 5%.

2. Keep Your Head in The Game

There are many things to remember if you want to reach success – but the first one is always the crucial one. Keep your head in the game! No matter how many difficulties you might go through, no matter how much you suffer, no matter how stressed out you are, you have to keep going. How to start:

  • Focus on your daily tasks
  • Don’t let people distract you. If they do, avoid any contact you have with them while you work
  • Be persistent
  • Face your fears
  • Let go of negative thoughts and emotions
  • Push, push, push

3. There Will Be Hard Times

You already know this, but it’s true. There will be hard times, but they shall pass. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed by negative thinking and too many worries. Keep your head in the game, concentrate on your work, and from time to time, don’t forget to have some fun. There is no way you’ll be able to survive hard times by staying in your bed and watching Netflix alone.

Go out, meet new people, socialize, find new connections, expand your friends’ circle – you need that as a human! But then always come back to your work! Hard times will pass, but your success rate has to stay constant, or improve. Most people get lost in this part of the process. These life obstacles overwhelm them deeply, and they can’t find the courage to stand up again. Don’t be one of these people. Stand up and fight.

4. Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Being comfortable feels nice and cozy, but is it really good for you? Think about it. If you spend your entire life in a “normal,” regular setting, are you going to evolve? Are you going to be exposed to unusual situations? Are you going to learn from your experiences? Probably not. That’s why you must get out of your comfort zone.

One of my best friends once told me: “Experiencing failure and discomfort is crucial in the process of reaching success. I saw that in myself. Becoming one of the best professional writers online was not an easy job, but I made it – of course, after endless tries.”

“There are so many things to learn, see, face, accomplish, that you can’t run away from all of them – and you shouldn’t,” she continued. “I am not sure how you define success, but we can surely agree that success means evolution, doesn’t it?”

That’s when I thought: “Well.. how am I going to evolve without the necessary setting?” And guess what I did? I got out of my comfort zone. I left home and started a completely new life on my own.

Take your first step. Do that now. Start your journey. Every small step counts.

5. Give Up on Distractions

If there are things or people in your life that you find distracting, it’s time to kiss them goodbye. If you’ve decided to be part of the top 5%, there is no way you can let others steal your dream. Ex-boyfriends/girlfriends, bad parents, awful friends – they need to go away and leave space for the good things that will follow.

Side Note: There is one more thing I would like to add. It’s not a principle per se, it’s more like a life advice. Don’t make success only about the money. In the short term, money might bring happiness and joy, but in the long term, there is more to life than that. Find your passions and develop them into something special – that is the only way you can truly reach success.

Author’s Bio

Amanda Johnson is a content manager from San Francisco.
She loves writing about marketing, self-development, and education. Amanda has two dogs.

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7 Secrets to Improving Your Performance at Work Today

Wondering why some workers are able to churn out gargantuan amount of work, day after day, without ever feeling tired, while you can’t stop complaining about the workload? There might have been times when you felt a certain urge to ask them what is the key to almost miraculous abilities. Almost every time, you probably, stopped short of doing it considering the peer to peer competition that most workplaces have. 

However, if you follow the example of successful entrepreneurs and influencers in the world, and be a little attentive to achieving success in your profession, these secrets can be all yours. This post discusses some points that will help you achieve the same level of performance, expertise and productivity that you always wished you had. 

No matter which part of world you are in, or which country you belong to, if you are on job, there is one thing common that you share with all other professionals: the number of hours in a day. Whether you are working in billion dollar enterprise or bootstrapping a startup, it’s all about how you use your time that has the maximum effect on productivity.

In order to remain ultra motivated and productive, you will have to develop the right habits. You will have to manage tasks, set the right goals, and handle distractions in a better manner. Although the process might be painstakingly slow as old habits die hard, in the end when you are heaped with all the praise and attention of your boss or the industry, all your efforts will be totally worth it. So, here are the productivity hacks that will put you on top of your work.

1. Take one task at a time 

 Although it sounds contradictory, most people would give their best only if they were focused on one task instead of multitasking. Especially during a meeting, we are tempted to do a mail check, or complete our pending tasks which do not require much mental application. Although you might be thinking that you are making good use of time, this split focus makes these meetings less productive. Even if you’re only doing mindless stuff, still you are distracted, which makes you less productive. Most psychologists will tell you that there is no such thing as multitasking. In fact, multitasking stands against everything that requires focus and concentration.

2. Make a to-do list

Creating a to-do list of all the tasks that require your attention a day in advance. That can be of great help for those who constantly keep forgetting their schedule. However, to ensure this activity is really helpful, there are two minor improvements that you can include. The first one is to prioritize your tasks in the order of their importance. The second one is to keep your list as realistic as possible. Along with tasks also write the estimated time that each task would take so that you do not clutter your table with more than what you can handle.  In reality, assigning realistic times to tasks will automatically force you to prioritize.

3. Declutter your mailbox

 Technology definitely makes a lot of tasks easier to accomplish and communication is one of them. Mails are the lifeblood of communication in most organizations. It must not take more than a couple of minutes to go through a communication mail and if it’s taking more than that the first thing that you need to set right is your mailbox. Keep your emails to the point and write only when necessary.  Make necessary folders and organize your mails in them.

4. Meetings should be minimum

 Meetings are the necessary evil that corporate organizations are still finding hard to get over. Mark Cuban, the billionaire CEO of HDNet and owner of Dallas Mavericks thinks “meetings are a waste of time unless you are closing a deal”.    Renault and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn says that keeping the length and number of meetings definite is the perfect solution. During his talk with Fortune he said, “The maximum is one hour and 30 minutes. Fifty percent of the time is for the presentation, 50 percent is for discussion.” Most subjects can be handled well within this time frame. There are other topics which require only 15 minutes. Your meeting time shouldn’t be a slave to predefined calendar.

5. David Allen’s Two Minute rule

By now you must have guessed where this is heading. David Allen, the multi-millionaire productivity guru, has come up with this very unique approach of working. The simple conclusion of this two minute rule is that if there is a task that can be done within two minutes, do it now and get it out of the way. Millions of professionals swear by the effectiveness of this hack. It definitely lessens your procrastination time, so that you can dedicate it for greater purposes. 

6. Short breaks

 Although not exactly a secret, it still needs to be told. Short 15-minutes breaks can help you realign your mind to the task’s requirements in case you have reached a threshold. Taking a break will recharge your senses, and you would be able to look at things with a completely different perspective. This helps moreover when you are stuck at a problem. Work sessions of short lengths (about 90 minutes) followed by a 10-15 minutes break, are more productive than a continuous 8-hour work cycle.

7. Self-confidence is the primary key 

Confidence is an essential ingredient of a successful professional. Anyone who needs to make decisions, take risks and set priorities should be a confident individual. Productivity will automatically follow a confident mindset.  Multiple researches have come up with evidences that speak in favor of confidence as a central factor in achieving tough goals. One’s perception of their abilities is a major motivation to persist in a hostile situation.  One such highly cited test is that of mental rotation.

Scientists and psychologists have been trying to figure out the reasons behind the difference in performance between male and female gender on 3-D mental rotation task. Recent researches suggest that more than any actual difference in abilities it is the perception of these abilities that causes this performance mismatch. Since long people have assumed that females have less aptitude at math and spatial skills than men. Around half of the females also endorse this assumption. This awareness came in their way of performing as good as their male counterparts. When asked to perform the same test while assuming that they were men, females performed much better on the mental rotation task.  Thus what we believe does affect our performance.

Author Bio

Saurabh Tyagi is a blogger and a professional career author with proven expertise in writing for topics related to job search, job trends, different job opportunities, various workplace and industry information, tips and strategies for job seekers. You can follow him on LinkedIn or Twitter.

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