1. Know What Success Is.
Success is defined by what it means to the person in the
middle of it. In order to create success you must first
define it. Be very clear about what you want and don't
want for your life.
2. Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable
People who always take the easy option are destined for
mediocrity. Constantly avoiding the discomfort means
constantly avoiding the lessons and the personal growth,
Pain is a great teacher; not always what we want, but
sometimes what we need.
3. Seek to be righteous, not right.
The person who constantly needs to be right will miss out
on much of what life has to teach him and alienate himself
from others. Arrogance repels, humility attracts.
4. Seek respect, not popularity.
Our nature is "who we are" and our reputation is who people
think we are. When the two are synonymous, we're usually
on the right path.
5. Embrace mess.
Life is messy, unpredictable, unfair, uncertain, lumpy and
bumpy. While others succumb to the messiness and
unpredictability of the human experience, make a conscious
choice to be the calm in the chaos.
6. Don't become your parents.
Or anyone but you for that matter. The enormity of
conformity is a problem for the wanna-be success story.
Listen to and learn from other people, but think, act and decide
7. Use more of what you already have.
We all have more than enough talent to become successful.
That voice in your head that is telling you that you don't have
what it takes is called fear, not logic. Be mindful that the voice
in your head is rarely a reflection of your potential and mostly
a manifestation of your insecurity. Many people fail, not because
they don't have what it takes, but because they don't use what they
8. Be an innovator, not an imitator.
Sometimes it's a good idea to build your own team rather than
join someone else's. Don't let fear stand in the way of your
potential to create, innovate or lead.
9. Do what most won't.
If you want to achieve what most people won't (happiness, joy,
calm, wealth, optimal health, balance) then don't do what
they do. Producing different results comes from doing
different things. Choose to be different.
10. Be like water. Powerful. Gentle. Adaptable. Ever-
Be static in a dynamic world. If you can't adapt, you can't
succeed. Statues don't succeed, they just get shit on.