Success advice is everywhere.
But most of it’s wrong.
People tell you anybody can be successful, but they’re wrong.
If anybody could do it, everybody would do it.
Success is only available to the people willing to do what it takes to achieve it.
People tell you to be professional, but what you need is to be unique.
“Professional” is too often code for “do things the way everybody else does them.”
Dress a certain way, act a certain way, follow a particular path.
But in most fields the key to success is to get noticed and you get noticed when you stand out — not when you fit it.
Be responsible. Be dependable. Be excellent. But, most importantly, be unique.
People tell you to be patient, but what you need is to adopt a long-term mindset.
Don’t wait for things to magically happen for you — they won’t.
But base decisions on what’s best for you in the long term as opposed to the short term.
A job that pays more might be a better short-term option, but the job that teaches you more will lead to the better long-term results.
People tell you it only takes hard work, but it takes more.
Hard work guarantees you nothing.
The greatest work ethic in the world won’t ensure your success until you learn to focus that effort on the right things in the right way.
People tell you failure is a good thing, but that’s only true if you analyze it.
A failure is only as valuable as the lessons you learn from it.
The value of criticism is only unlocked when the criticism enables you to improve.
If you don’t analyze your failures, they’re not a good thing. They’re worthless.
People tell you to do what you’re good at, but you should do what excites you.
You can be good at a lot of things, but you can only be exceptional at that which excites you.
Just because you’re good at something doesn’t mean it’s something you should do.
Focus your energy on things that combine your skills with your interests and you’ve got the chance to do something great.
One more thing…
If you found this post helpful, you’ll also enjoy my FOR THE INTERESTED newsletter.
It’s a weekly collection of 5 ideas to help you learn, do, and become better at your work, art, and life.
You can check out recent issues here.
Or, subscribe below: