How to be successful in life, the 4 secrets that drive me to every victory personal and in business.
People often ask me how do I keep repeating success in business both as a management professional and serial entrepreneur. I always tell them I understand and work on my 4 secrets of success. You can answer the question of “How To Be successful In life?” by working on the principles within these 4 secrets.
The secrets seem simple but are deep in complexity with many variables. Living as life to the 4 secrets of how to be successful in life will be full of challenge and failure because without failure there are no lessons learned. Don’t worry, the greatest men and women in business and life have failed more than their peers they just learned more from their failures and kept DOING! Notice I didn’t say trying I said DOING because a try means you may or may not, it’s already a loss scenario.
Behind the 4 Secrets of Success.
Before we talk success I want to share a bit about my journey so you know you can trust what I tell you. After all, we don’t know each other, I am not really famous, and I have been out of the loop for about 5-6 years now. I have been slowly rebuilding from a nervous breakdown but don’t let that or my Bipolar and social anxiety disorders fool you. But I still have my faculties intact and a ton of experience.
I started my path of Entrepreneurship at the ripe old age of 14. Because of age, I had to be a partner to a business my parents officially registered because you couldn’t enter business agreements in California at the time until age eighteen. I did though start out polishing aluminum fuel tanks and wheels on over the road trucks at that age. By age 15 I was number 3 in the US according to Road King Magazine’s annual truck stop services report.
I left that successful business when we moved to a bad location for it and it became more profitable to work outside of the business. Then I started as a grunt in everything I have done and rose to a manager in McDonald’s, Arby’s, several restaurants, and Allsup’s Convenience Stores. I also started a restaurant in a seasonal location and owned a small retail gift shop I turned over to my Dad while serving on the Quartzsite Arizona town council at the age of Twenty-One.
Most recently I was working in retail while starting a small internet search engine and social media hybrid called Kooiii with a business partner out of Australia. I left my day job and became our CEO in 2007. Sadly though a couple of years later I succumbed to too many years of 100 plus hour work weeks.
The 4 Secrets of success in life and business.
Before we break down these keys I will give a brief overview. The keys of success though are 1, to have a strong mind, 2, have a strong body, 3 True Heart, and 4, Faith. Without these ingredients, strong men and women have failed and failed greatly without finding success, and people like Abe Lincoln have found success with little education because they naturally progressed into these principles.
So let’s discuss these areas of life on your way to answering your question of “how to be successful in life?”.
1. Strong Mind – You can never stop learning.
You must also have a strong why statement. You need to know your path and need to set goals on the things you do with realistic time limits. Most of all you need resolve.
A key one to a strong mind is to learn something new about you and your business every single day. Teach what you learn and you will soon be an expert in anything you apply yourself to.
Step two is the Why Statement which I go over in detail on this post. Click Here to discover your why.
Your third key is to know your path. It can take years to build a road less traveled but decades of getting lost on the side streets to reach the same destination. Don’t be afraid to build your own path to entrepreneurship. I started at 14, was it hard? Heck yeah, was it worth it HELL YEAH! How many 14-15-year-olds do you know making $35K take home a year while in school? What’s more, is I learned a work ethic.
Key number 4 is resolve. I mentioned earlier to use the word do wherever you are tempted to use the word try. Just this one change unlocks so much for progress in your life. If might and try are turned to do and done you will make progress.
2. Strong Body – This is the major trouble of mine in life.
I use to be physically strong in more ways than I am now. I was able to pull 100 plus hours a week after week between jobs, businesses, and school but found that I was still missing something when I had my nervous breakdown. See my physical strength, my hard work ethics, and my stamina meant nothing without a fair share of rest, good sleep, and a healthy diet. You have to be there when your business needs you, when your family needs you, and when you need you to be at your best doing what you love.
Now instead of lifting heavy bags of grain or dog food, instead of pitching dirt and lifting heavy weights I know it is as important to get to bed at night, rise in the morning, eat 3 meals a day, take my vitamins, and take time for me. That’s a big thing too. In fact, it is almost as important to take time for you as it is to make time for family. I always wondered why so many great leaders were golfers, fishermen, hunters, hikers, or flew their own planes. Now I know this is to take me time away from all the demands life and family put on you so you don’t explode.
3. True Heart – Honesty begins internally and moves outward.
As you may have guessed the leaders of the world have a great deal of integrity. Even if you don’t agree with their politics, their lifestyle, or their leadership decisions you have to realize that even if it’s brutal, they are honest about what they think, how they feel, and act on those feelings. They are honest with you because they are honest first with themselves.
These leaders know why they are in it to win it and they know the people they need to get there. They will focus and move with a mission because they don’t have time for appeasing smaller minds and dishonest players. They also have the privilege to demand such integrity out of those they do business with.
4. Faith, be it in God or Self is the 4th secret.
The saying goes that you’ve got to stand for something or you’ll fall for anything. To stand for anything though we need faith in the reason we are there. Faith is powerful, look at the trillions of dollars raised for charity and church-based programs worldwide. Faith in God has moved mountains, conquered nations, and brought about some of the biggest deals in global history.
You don’t need to believe in god to see how the beliefs of others move everything from money to ethics, to the direction of entire nations. But if faith in a God, an unseen deity is so powerful how about having faith in yourself? Why is it easier to believe in God than to believe you can do anything in life? Well, failure is that reason. We see early failures stack up and the majority quit. They opt for the JOB instead of the business because it’s safe, secure, and with minimal risk. Putting it all on the line is something you require a great deal of faith to pull off.
You need faith to make the Why into your success story. You need to know that you will fail, you will lose, and you will hurt, but you need to know deep down that the other side of blood, sweat, and tears is a victory. You must not stop until you have achieved all your dreams and never stop dreaming of new heights.
How To Be Successful In life – A Summary of the 4 Secrets of Success
So we have a strong mind on the grow. You just read this whole article, over 1550 words. You know your path and have started working on a plan for a stronger body and mind. You’re going to work on bringing truth to your life internally and externally and will not rest until those you deal with share your integrity. Your faith is getting stronger, you know you can, you just have to know it deeper. You need to remind yourself daily that your why is earth-shaking and your resolve can move mountains. You can and will do and make done every goal you have in life.
If you have anything to add or have a life-changing story involving these principles please share below.