In this guide, You will learn how to build a success mindset. I will share with you what I have learnt so far from my life experiences of being an entrepreneur and the experiences of top successful entrepreneurs. All you need to be in the top 5 percent of successful entrepreneurs is the right mindset.
John Rohn said.
“Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you have got and income does not far exceed personal development.”
Even if by chance you make more income than your level of personal development, you will discover that with time you are back to where you were before.
Let me walk you through the 5 golden principles for a successful life which have worked for me.
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Here are what to expect in this guide
If you can master these five principles and apply them to your life, your life will change dramatically.
The greatest question you should ask yourself every day in your business is- what am I becoming?. True happiness is not contained in what you get, but in what you become. Life is a journey, what you become is in direct proportion to your level of success in business and life in general. Please pay attention to this.
“For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”
Anyone Can Cultivate a Success Mindset; Success is for Everyone Including You
Success is for you if you are willing to do what it takes. 99 percent of people are not willing to do what it takes to bring their dream to pass,
Will Smith says the essential thing for bringing your dream to pass is self-discipline. Being able to see it through no matter what happens. You cannot win the war against the world if you can’t win the war against your mind.
Think about 5 years from now, What would change about you? Will you still be clouded by entitlement mentality? Will you still be looking for who to blame for your misfortunes? Or would you have grown into a force to be reckoned with?
Your journey must begin with the first step in the right direction today
5 years ago your biggest challenge was money issues. In another 5 years, will the problem still be the same?
Do you know that if you always do what you have been doing, you will always get what you have always been getting. That’s the hard truth about life.
I used to believe that with time things would get better. Meaning that time takes care of things even when you are not doing your part of the deal. Well it never did get better until I changed the way I did things.
One of the greatest resource that changed my life was the book Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill . This book contributed a lot to the person I am today.
Question: How do I create an above average Income?
Answer: Become an above average person. Develop an above average smile, handshake, excitement, interest in other people and the intensity to win. This will change everything for you.
If you want to be wealthy and happy the rest of your life, just learn this open secret. Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job or business. For things to change for you, you have to change.
Life is like the changing seasons, you cannot change the seasons but you can change yourself. So. life becomes better for you not by chance but by change. Whether you become ultra wealthy or broken poor lies in you hands not in the hands of your parents, teachers, friends, relatives. All you need is the willingness to do what it takes to have your dreams become reality.
With a Success Mindset, You can do this
You can achieve that dream that has been in your heart for a long time. No one can do what you where born to do better than you because you are an original. Don’t let anyone tell you that you are not good enough. They only say that because they don’t know who you really are or they are so afraid to discover what you would become.
Don’t ever aspire to become like someone else. Only aspire to be the best version of you – the original copy because I believe you can become successful no matter who you are, no matter your background and financial status. If you are still in doubt, watch this video by Jon Morrow : a man who can’t move his body yet changing the world.
Failure is Part of Life Process
It seems failure is more loud than success. We live in the day and age where we are supposed to be perfect and never fail. People are so afraid of it, stay away from it, and do everything to make sure they don’t fail. Most times, we even look down on some people we tagged failures because of their current state. Failure is seen as bad but the truth is that their is no great success without failure.
You may fail big once or have a series of failures like Thomas Edison before he could create the electricity we enjoy today.
“Success is most often achieved by those who know that failure is inevitable.” – Coco Chane
- Life throws a lot of challenges and opportunities at us at different times like changing seasons. This is the game of life and those who know how to play are not deterred by it because at the end of failure is sure success.
Don’t let failure stop you from achieving your dreams
You must learn how to handle the winters or night seasons of your life . Winters always come right after fall just like day comes after night. They are periods of failure, difficulty, down times, disappointments, when all things go wrong and you can’t figure out what to do. Some winters are long while some are short but they always come right after an opportunity.
Disappointments are normal, but the issue is how you handle it. You can’t get rid of winter periods and you can’t wish them away. They will always come, but you can get better and wiser about how you handle it.
I used to wish when things are hard that it were easier. I discovered that you can’t get rid of January by turning it off the calendar .
John Rohn says, “don’t wish for less problems; wish for more skills. Wish that you are better. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom”. You can’t wish problems away.
2 Ways to Cope with failure:
- Embrace your emotions: Allow yourself to feel the pain, it will motivate you to work harder at finding better solutions so you can do better next time.
- Take the blame. Stop blaming others or events for what happened to you. Take full responsibility for all that happens to you. The day you take responsibility is the day you move from childhood to maturity.
“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy
so, instead of avoiding failure embrace it.
Its Never Too Late to Start
It is never too late to achieve your dreams, to start a new business, to do whatever you want to do. There is no age limit to starting a new venture. Hear what Les Brown has to say on this below.
Question: What can you do starting today to make a difference in your life? What can you do with the economic chaos and massive disappointment? What can you do when it won’t work?
The time to start is now.
What you Fear May Never Happen
Worry is not a joke. Fear of different things including the unknown can stop you cold. You may not be able to achieve your life dreams if you don’t learn how to deal with fear. In fact, 85 percent of what we worry about never happen. So, why keep yourself in endless bondage?
Michel de Montaigne said: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” Don’t let that be you.
Fear can cripple you and keep you from moving forward. We all have one thing or the other we are afraid of but you should not let it be an obstacle to you. Learn to face your fear and do what you need to do when you need to do it.
This is what I do when I experience fear. I give myself 5 seconds and do what I need to do and It has always worked. The timing does the magic.
Nothing is scarier than a life in which you abandon your dreams because of fear. Always remind yourself that there is fear on both sides- fear of doing what you ought to do and fear of not doing what you ought to do. So which one do you choose?
The only thing we have to fear is fear itself,” FDR
People with Success Mindset Fear Nothing
You can train your mind to fear nothing. That way, you will enter the world of endless possibilities.
Write a list of all the things you are afraid of about starting a business (or whatever it is you want to do), look at all of them and provide counter arguments against them. You would see the fear fizzle away.
How do I deal with fear? You may be asking. Here are ways to face your fears with courage.
Don’t take my word for it. Watch this powerful video on fear & anxiety and start using fear in your favour.
You Will Need People with a success mindset
You will need other people in your life journey- in your business and your personal life.
You’ll need coffee shops and sunsets and road trips, airplanes and passports and new songs and old songs, but people more than anything else. You will need other people and you will need to be that other person to someone else, a living, breathing, screaming invitation to believe better things.” Jamie Tworkowski.
You are not an island. To be able to innovate and thrive, you need to incorporate people with a variety of perspective into your team. In fact, any dream that you can achieve alone, is not big enough.
The world is a global village. You don’t need to gather so many people in one place. You can have a lot of people working with you from different countries of the world. Diversity makes us all work smarter.
Network with people in the same industry with you. You will also gain strategic partnerships with other businesses outside your industry.
Also, you don’t want to be a jack of all trade. You need to fund your weaknesses. Get people around you who would compliment your weaknesses. We all have our strong and weak sides. Find your weak sides and fill them with people that have strength in that area.
Listen to your audience. Ask your customers for feedback. Use the feedback to improve your products and services to serve them better.
When I was starting as an entrepreneur, I did not know what it took to run a successful business. I did not know much about business accounting, budgeting, raising funds, especially creating business processes etc.
I started without the right skills until my workers were always getting on my nerves, making costly mistakes that cost me a top customer. It was then I knew I needed a mentor. My mentor walked me through most of the processes and linked me with some of her contacts that helped me grow my business. Since then I have had a lot of mentors.
You need mentors
Mentors are role models. Benjamin Franklin said,
“Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.”
You need mentors in your life and business Mentors are people who have achieved what you aim to achieve. They can easily see faults in you and your business that you can’t see. You can leverage on their past mistakes and experiences and grow your business faster than you would have if you lean only on what you know.
Your mentors can also serve as disciplinarians. They can help make sure you set goals and and achieve then.
So, in a nutshell, without a success mindset, you cannot achieve your dreams. A right mindset is the starting point for your business’ growth as an entrepreneur.
This leads us to the next guide: goal setting.