So you say YOU want to be successful…

So you say YOU want to be successful…

March 27th, 2014 // 12:12 pm @

So you say YOU want to be successful…
I am often asked what I experience as commonalities of people who do, have, become more than others.  And over the past few weeks I have conducted several interviews of people who are, to one degree or another, successful at sharing their knowledge or influence for money.  Authors, Experts, Industry Influencers, or otherwise “thought leaders” and this has reinforced my belief that there are 3 underpinning philosophies, experiences, concepts that control or hold back a person from achieving true breakthroughs in their life. 

Something that you probably wouldn’t guess about my writings here in this little weekly opining of my thoughts, ideas, and strategies for getting rich from your ambitions and entrepreneurial endeavors, is I am often writing to one single person who I have encountered over the past week or maybe even to myself about something that has been on my mind. 

And this week, I am sharing a lesson that has stood the test of time in my life and all those that I have ever crossed paths with. 

Success is of course based on a person’s own opinion and experience and desire as to what “success” even means in terms of money, time, autonomy, influence, and so on.  You nor I can dictate to anyone what success should be for their life. 

None the less, for people who pursue ambitious goals, dreams, desires in their life and business I have found these 3 things to be the determining factors as to whether they will ultimately achieve their objectives and how much time will be lost, life elapsed before they get there. 

First, and I think 100% most importantly, is their environment and surroundings both geographically, domestically, and with regards to education, knowledge, training, etc. 

People only become as successful as they know is possible as they know what exists.  This is what I call the “small town syndrome” not that there is anything wrong with small towns, I grew up in one.  It’s just that most people who only know their neighborhood or the “lifestyle” that they grew up with will come to naturally expect this to be their future.  It’s water seeking its own level, the reality of human nature. 

And I can assure you if you think about what is holding you back right now, this moment, what has instilled fear in you or hesitate is it because of the influence of what is around you.  Might be your spouse.  Might be your friends.  Might be your exposure to what you see as possible. 

You will hit the ceiling that you have set for yourself even if it is subliminal or subconscious.  We all have one.  And it is only by force and dramatic accelerate will you break through it. 

I suppose if there was one thing above all else that I am paid to do and am valued by my clients, it is the breaking of their ceiling for them, acting as catalyst to facilitate them raising their price, firing their negative clients, ideas, burning old habits, destroying bad business models.  I’m like the intervention for success minded people who have fallen into a habit of whatever they believe to be true about their businesses and opportunities. 

Creating a new awareness of what is possible is about breaking free from your environment. 

The next thing is having systems that create success for you, that leverage your time and knowledge and set you up to maximize your income.  Simply put, it doesn’t matter how much money you make, almost all of my clients are seven figure income earners that I work with privately, they are still maxed out at capacity for taking on new ventures or chasing bigger opportunities until they replace low level tasks with systems, leverage, people, or just “TRADE UP” to bigger things. 

If you make $100,000 a year or a $1,000,000 a year you still reach a certain point that you can only achieve so much given the business model you have and operate within.  To get more to you have to make adjustments, change, do something different. 

This is where the value of an outside perspective comes in and truly it’s the only way…the old adage of seeing the forest through the trees as example. 

We all have income barriers some bigger than others.  I tell people that my brother and I create intentional and dramatic change in our businesses every 90-days by living what I call my Year in a Month Philosophy.  We force accelerate progress by the way we approach things and that allows us to try more things every year than anyone else and thus our results for ourselves and others are represented by this approach. 

The final commonality that I see leading people to success or what keeps them from achieving the next breakthrough in their life is the degree at which they value time, life, experience, and the confidence they have and level of deserve they feel. 

Now, that is a lot in one sentence, however they all go together, directly related are confidence, deserve or self-esteem, and value on time, life, experience. 

You see if a person doesn’t truly feel they deserve the next level in life they will do things to sabotage and keep themselves where they are.  If they don’t have confidence to be successful due to past failures or to any underlying fears then they will always come up with excuses why they have to wait.  And that leads directly to not valuing time. 

The most successful people I know and the private clients I work with demand respect over their time and they also do more than all other people.  It is true the richest clients I have go on more vacations, help more people, donate more money, work less than all of those who struggle to get by. 

Personally I make more per hour worked than anyone I know, literally, and I also have the most liberated lifestyle with as much autonomy as I can possibly have and every year I try to one up myself by raising fees creating more royalties and residual income and establish more leverage so I can always lead by example. 

Oh sure, I am known to outwork everyone and do whatever it takes to be successful as per my definition however it’s done through systems, leverage, resources, and very specific strategy.  I don’t say that to brag, although I am well accepting of the fact that successful people often come off arrogant or cocky, myself included sometimes, because we have a disdain for waste and for sloth and for people who take too much time to get something done. 

I do not believe in the doing of things for the sake of doing them.  Like a game of chess, every move has a purpose. 

So your challenges are simple: 
 – Breakthrough your environmental barriers 

 – Create systems to force leverage and accelerate growth 
 – And live with my favorite philosophy CARPE DIEM 

 – And accept nothing less for yourself 

The biggest turn off for me in life is to listen to a person who says they want to wait or delay or make excuses for their lack of progress.  When you stop accepting these things for yourself you will automatically begin achieving more prosperous results. 

Life is too short.  I don’t advocate working as hard as you can everyday rather setting yourself up for success within your business so that you can play as hard as you can everyday and have a real purpose for what you do. 

The most telling questions I like to ask people are 

WHY DO YOU DO WHAT YOU DO – what is your purpose for making money…

WHAT’S NEXT FOR YOU – what motivates you, what are you working on…


WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF 2-3 YEARS FOR NOW – what does this business look like 

Give me a person who can answer those questions and I will show you a person living the life they were meant to live and enjoying every minute of it.
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