implementing these in your life is crucial if you want to make the big bucks
“Success is a direct result of the number of experiments you perform.” — Michael Simmons
I want to talk about success.
Not the, “I did so and so and made x amount of dollars,” but the, “I run an incredibly successful business, I provide value to millions of people, and I am a NY Times best-selling author, I also own a vacation home in Hawaii,” type of success.
I’m not saying everybody dreams about vacation homes in Hawaii, I’m also not saying you’re going to have a chic house in Hawaii the instant you read this article. I wanted to give an example, I wanted to discuss the GOALS I have and the ones you should have. Your idea of success may differ from mine, nonetheless, I guarantee you will get something out of this article.
First, you need to understand that it’s perfectly okay to WANT success
When you really think about success and what you want for yourself… what is it?
Take a moment and just think about it. What do you define as success?
Is it financial freedom?
Is it being able to travel whenever you want?
Is it providing for your family?
Is it having a good job?
Is it becoming a published author?
Is it raising a family?
Your idea of success may differ from mine, but whatever it may be, whatever monetary goals you have, I want you to know that it’s perfectly okay to set those goals for yourself. It’s OKAY to want to live a successful life. It’s okay to want more. It’s okay to want to make something of yourself. It’s okay to do the unexpected.
Don’t be scared to set BIG goals
No goal is too big or too crazy.
Something I noticed that is MAJOR in the influencer world is how “bad” it is to say, “I want to influence people” or, “I want to impact people by doing so and so.”
People expect you to start out on Youtube, or as a blogger, or as a fitness influencer as a HOBBY, and then if you do eventually become successful, through lots of trial and error, many sleepless nights from editing youtube videos, editing blog posts, etc, it is then considered that your monetary success is a mere benefit.
Essentially what I am trying to say is that when you go into something with the mindset, “I will be successful in this,” oftentimes, people will look down on you. Which I think is total crap, because it’s not a bad thing to WANT to be impactful. It’s not a bad thing to DESIRE success.
Think of it this way, a guy goes to college and he majors in business and he’ll say, “I want to be the CEO of a company,” people are like “YES! Kudos! This is how you can do it, just start at the bottom, put in the work, you’re going to get promoted, you’re gonna keep going until you reach the top!”
But in the influencer world, if you say you want a million subscribers on Youtube, or perhaps you say you want millions of views on your blog, people are like “Woah, hold on there cowboy, no that’s not how this works. You get started because you like this and you’re passionate about it and if you do get successful then it’ll just be a benefit.”
What’s the difference between becoming the CEO of a company and becoming the CEO of your own?
Why are people who desire success and are vocal about it, looked down on?
Why is it okay to say, “I want to be healthy,” but it’s not okay to say, “I want to make lots of money by providing value to others and creating something of myself.”
I’m not going to say, “be realistic” but like, be realistic
Don’t write, “I want to be a billionaire when I’m 20,” in your journal, then proceed to make youtube videos on ab workouts that are average at best. I’m not saying you won’t make any money from that, you can make money from Youtube doing some crazy things! All I am saying is to be realistic when you think about the monetary gain when it comes to what it is that you are providing for people.
It’s not a bad thing to want to make money, it’s a bad thing when you put money ahead of the value.
Don’t kill your ideas prior to production
This is essential. This is what kills potential entrepreneurs, millionaires, etc. Money is constant, it can be made from almost anything as long as you have 3 things. Passion, discipline, and persistence.
Beanie Babies, created by Ty Warner in 1993, were the plush, bean-filled toy fad of the 90s. Warner’s Ty Inc. reportedly made $700 million in one year, selling the Beanies for $5 apiece. By 1999, the company had over $1 billion in sales.
Remember snuggies? Scott Boilen, president of Allstar Products, had the idea of wearing a blanket, resulting in the Snuggie. Since 2008, over 30 million Snuggies have been sold, raking in over $500 million.
The Slinky, created by accident by Richard James, is now in the Toy Hall of Fame, with over 350 million sold and profits reaching $3 billion.
Have you ever watched Shark Tank?
Shark Tank is an incredibly popular show where entrepreneurs get the chance to bring their dreams to fruition. They present their ideas to the sharks in the tank — five titans of industry who made their own dreams a reality and turned their ideas into lucrative empires. The contestants try to convince any one of the sharks to invest money in their idea. When more than one of the sharks decide they want a piece of the action, a bidding war can erupt, driving up the price of the investment.
Some of the ideas people bring to the table make me question whether or not this is real life. I’m not trying to be judgemental, I’m merely questioning whether or not peoples products are viable and provide value to people.
However, it truly makes you think and realize that you can make money out of almost anything just as long as you put in the effort, show your passion, and persistence. Those are 3 skills that will not only allow you to succeed in business, but they will allow you to excel in life.
So, at the end of the day, if an idea strikes you, don’t judge it. Go with it. Do your research. Ask yourself the following questions:
Will this provide value to others?
Is there already something like this on the market?
Would it be useful?
Would I buy it?
Would my friends buy it?
Understand that this will require TIME and WORK and PERSONAL GROWTH
I will admit, there were times where I didn’t even understand the importance of time, and sweat equity in a business. I also didn’t understand the power of personal growth. However, these 3 key concepts are essential in order for you to be successful in any endeavor you choose.
In order to succeed as an entrepreneur, and life in general, you have to become the best version of yourself in every part of your life.
You become successful when you wake up every day focused on what will help you grow personally, and what will help your business grow.
You don’t waste time on conversations with entrepreneurs who are all talk.
You don’t waste time endlessly searching social media and praying you’ll get a shoutout or some sort of notice.
You don’t waste time attending every free training (or paying thousands of dollars for one) in hopes that it gives you the missing link.
The way to succeed is planning out your days, weeks, months and years. That plan includes time for the things that help you grow in every area of your life and it cuts out the typical time-wasters.
Successful entrepreneurs understand and implement personal development into their life.
They understand that by implementing personal development, they’re ultimately investing into themselves, which in turn, will allow them to have more knowledge on how to grow and scale their own businesses.
You have the opportunity to build a business that helps you achieve your life goals and build your dream life, however, it’s not going to happen if you don’t understand these 5 principles.
You have everything you need to create the business of your dreams and the life of your dreams.
Put your head down and do the work. You’ll be happily surprised by what happens next.