Note: Success is relative. What some people may deem as successful, you could probably care less about. Remember successful is how you define it. Paying attention to what you want is vital. Self reflection comes before the list but once you know yourself and what YOU define as successful, then and only then are you able to apply the following:
You might as well quit if you don’t have passion. If there isn’t a PULL towards what you want to achieve, then ask yourself are you really passionate about it. True internal success comes when you accomplish something that is near and dear to your heart. All others is not worth it. Everything will fall in line once you set your desires on it. The fire behind your butt will be hotter because it means just that much to you. Think about the last time you encountered something that was uninteresting. It got pushed down to the bottom of your to do list. However, something that is “fun” or “lights that spark” will be done first.
Some parts of us wants to make that inner child in us happy. But once we got older, we learned to quiet that child-like wander inside of us. That may be the ONE voice we need to listen to. Ask that voice, what will make you happy? (Responsibly. Now, don’t listen to everything it says. Have some discernment 😉) But that inner voice will lead you exactly where you need to go.
Ignore what society says. Ignore what friends says. Ignore what is “acceptable”. Ignore what is “in”. DO YOU. Do you in such a way that people wonder how it was done. Follow your instinct because IT KNOWS WHATS RIGHT. It will always lead you to success because YOU know whats the best for you! Society doesn’t know whats best for you. Only you do. So why listen to everyone else? People will tell you it’s impossible! That doesn’t mean you can’t…. It just means that THEY couldn’t. 🙂
Persistence is probably more important than Passion. Persistence has proven that if you stay at something you desire, it will come to you. It’s like sawing away at a piece of wood. Stay at it long enough, it has to give. Once, you have your sights set on something, keep at it. Don’t give up on it. Not only will you be an expert at it but you will also HAVE IT! Only if you DON’T GIVE UP ON IT! Your dreams are worth it.
I remember when I graduated from college and I wanted to work as a Social Worker. I told myself I will get up at 5:00am and send my resume to all of the counties who were hiring for the next 6 months- EVERY SINGLE MORNING. And I did. And I got exactly what I wanted because I was willing to go for it with Vicious Persistence. I KNEW it was worth it. I KNEW I was worth it. I stuck at it until I got it!
Persistence even beats talent. Think about all of the talent you have seen throughout the years. Some have come and gone. However, the persistence ones are still around. They are still DOING IT. The talents sometime goes away because they feel like they don’t have to work for it. But persistence knows it does. That is why persistence always wins. Passion + Persistence will have you living out your wildest dreams. Passion will get you out of bed and persistence will keep you working your a** off until you get it.
“Be wild for a little while”
I know sometimes we get impatient. We feel that we should have all of what we want RIGHT NOW. And when that doesn’t happen, we get discouraged. We want to outright quit. But it is only by having patience that we can see that we will become successful. Practicing patience is simple but it isn’t going to be easy. But we learn how to be less stressed if we learn to practice it. We allow success to come to us easily. When was the last time you make a hasty decision only to regret it? Overnight successes are myths. Patience not only shows confidence that we know we are good at what we do but it gives us a chance to improve even more.
People go to university for at least 4 years to hopefully find a job after graduating. What if you put in that same 4 years into your own dreams? What wonders will come of that? Imagine that. 4 years may seem like a long time but the time is going to pass anyway. Building that foundation is far more important. A carefully thought out brick house is sturdier than a house thrown together in desperation. If you know that you are working diligently at what you want to accomplish- having patience will be the icing on the cake. Imagine how happy you would be loving that process of going after what you want. Fall in love with the process and have patience.
So, when success comes, you can greet it with a smile like…”What took you so long? Welcome. 🙂”