I have an obsession with successful people.
I’ve acquired every self-help book that has ever been published, I research the greatest minds online, and I’m fascinated by the people who are accomplishing amazing things.
What I’ve noticed about them is as follows.
1. They take advantage of every chance to use speed
Right now, tempo is one of my primary concerns.
Predictability puts an end to hope. The expectation that daily attendance at 5 a.m. is mandatory in order to avoid immediate failure suffocates aspiration.
Same goes for speed.
You believe that today is a total wash if you haven’t completed everything on your list by 8 a.m.; otherwise, you should go wash your hands and start over tomorrow. Not so.
Time is of the essence.
Those who achieve their goals are those who can judge when it’s time to speed up or slow down. Extreme introspection. It’s knowing your limits and giving yourself what you need to succeed.
One devastating idea that keeps running through my mind is this:
Accelerate when you’re in the mood, and take it easy if you’re feeling overwhelmed.
2. Permit negative emotions to take central position.
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Some people mistakenly believe that successful people never experience any negative feelings. In other words, they don’t have imposter syndrome. They’re far too wonderful to be afraid of. They have never known a sense of inadequacy.
It has only just occurred on me that this is not the case.
They all feel the emotions, but they handle them in different ways. Those who are successful tend to view negative emotions as sitting in the cheap seats. They’ve chosen to sit at the very back, where they’ll be completely out of sight. Not gone yet. It’s still there. Not in the front row, though.
That’s what they let them do. This is not a fantasy. That said, you won’t find them in the front row. Positive emotions have front row seats. Experiences that motivate you to give your best effort in your work.
It’s possible to feel bad about yourself. They are still in the brain, but they are in the back.
3. Knock down those skyscrapers
I’ve found that the most influential people I admire spend their time building their own personal empires. The rules, the groundwork, the brickwork—all of it is meticulously cared for by them. The whole shebang.
They are very thorough in their inspections, offer competitive wages, and buy only the highest quality tools and equipment.
They don’t waste time pounding on doors in rival skyscraper complexes or buying off their employees. They are too preoccupied with their own projects to criticize those of others.
As far as they’re concerned, criticizing the work of others is pointless. Everybody is trying to outdo each other in offering the lowest prices.
4. Allow the dough to stick together
It’s like trying to roll out a piece of sticky dough when making a good decision.
Work and analysis paralysis won’t get them from the counter to the oven. The absence of flour is causing problems. The flour nudges things along, it speeds things up.
This idea is useful for making choices:
If you’re not at least halfway there, give it a shot; you’ll learn more by doing than by simply thinking about it.
Brilliant minds do a lot of pondering. The brightest among us know when to stop deliberating and begin taking action.
5. Consider sleep a waste of time
To begin her book “Thrive,” Arianna Huffington describes her experience in the emergency room after she collapses from exhaustion. It’s the first step on her path to learning about herself and the value of adequate sleep.
In fact, being a “rest for success” person is a blessing.
It’s a place to take a deep breath, take stock, and start over. It doesn’t slow down progress or allow the opposition to gain ground. Time is what’s required. Why? Because it’s crucial. This must be done.
If you want to join the top 1%, it’s a factor you can’t ignore.
All of the successful people I know spend time decompressing. They spend time with loved ones and relax in front of the television.
To them, working 24/7 is a surefire way to miss the point.
They understand that their most productive work comes after adequate rest.
Contrary to what many believe,
Yes, I am aware of that.
Success can be attained in a variety of ways. To achieve notoriety, financial success, and prominence. However, the successful people I look up to the most are the ones who are challenging the status quo.
They don’t recommend blowing your paycheck on a flashy car or a wristful of jewelry.
A well-balanced environment is said to be the foundation of a prosperous enterprise. Getting past the idea that success or failure must be achieved in its entirety is key.
Those are the teachers I most admire and hope to emulate.