At first glance, highly successful people may seem like they only succeeded in life because of their talent, their great connections or their family. However, that’s not the case at all! They manage to excel in their industry and make millions of dollars because of their amazing beliefs.
What are some of them? Here they are:
1. Forget fate! Focus on doing what you love.
If you want to be highly successful, don’t just rely on the concept of “destiny”. Don’t even think about fooling yourself by thinking that “fate” will let whatever’s meant to be to happen.
When Steve Jobs was fired from his own company, he could have just stopped. He could have just told other people that “it wasn’t meant to me.” But what did he do next? Because he was too focused in developing technology to help change the world, he launched NeXT, a new computer company, and he also launched Pixar Animation Studios.
“Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love.” – Steve Jobs
2. Fail just means First Attempt In Learning.
Think of every highly successful person you know. Do you know any one of them who got lucky by being successful at the first try?
Oprah Winfrey was fired from her first television job as an anchor.
Walt Disney was fired by a newspaper editor as he “had no good ideas.”
Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting in his life. (The sale was even months before his death!)
So the next time you fail, keep going on. Highly successful people didn’t stop — and neither should you.
3. Never ever doubt yourself.
“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you are right.” – Henry Ford
The road to being a famous and successful person is tough. People will mock you. Strangers will make fun of you. And sometimes, even your loved ones who think they are protecting you will even try to talk you out of doing something that you’re passionate about.
Listen to what they’re saying, yes. But don’t take them to heart if you think that what they’re saying is already hurting you. Sometimes, you have to keep on believing in yourself, even if other people seem like they don’t.
4. Choose to continue, even if nothing seems to be working out.
“It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J. K Rowling
J.K. Rowling was working on her first ever Harry Potter novel when she was a single mother who was just living off welfare. Even so, she didn’t let this stop her. She finished the book and asked publishers all over the town. As she wasn’t well-known yet, publishing houses rejected her and even gave her harsh criticisms. Nothing seemed to be working out for her — but she still chose to continue and push through!
J.K. Rowling became the first-ever billionaire author in 2014.
5. Being a genius doesn’t automatically translate to being successful.
“I failed some subjects in exam but my friend passed it all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft, and I am the owner in Microsoft.” – Bill Gates
You don’t need to ace all your exams. You don’t need to top every class. And you don’t need to be a know-it-all just to be able to succeed in life. Talent and persistence can always trump intelligence any time.
6. If you really want it, you’ll find a way to get it.
Walt Disney asked the banks and other lending institutions to lend him money so that he could get started on his amusement theme park. Since he had no credit history and collateral, naturally, they all refused him. He didn’t stop there. He took a loan from his own life insurance policy and made history.
7. Take calculated risks.
“Don’t be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.” – John D. Rockefeller
Chess wonder kid Magnus Carlesen decided to be a professional chess player when he realized that he was “quite good.” He didn’t make the decision out of a whim – he initially assessed his abilities and decided based on that fact.
8. Know what you’re getting into.
“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” – Albert Einstein
Self-made millionaire and highly successful person Warren Buffett always believes that you should never invest in a business that you don’t understand. Simply put, if you don’t know how something operates, how can you figure out how you can make money off of it?
9. Service will always beat selfishness in the long run.
Being selfish and being stingy can help make you money at first but it’s not really a good plan for the long-term.
Focus on serving other people, on helping them and even on giving them some of your resources. You may not believe in good karma, but believe in this list of highly successful people who give back and continue to succeed:
– Mark Zuckerberg gave nearly $500 million gift to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
– Billionaire Nike founder Phil Knight and his wife Penelope pledged $125 million to Oregon Health & Science University
– Paul Allen pledged $300 million to give to the Institute for Brain Science
10. Don’t wait. Create.
“The elevator to success is out of order. You’ll have to use the stairs…. One step at a time.” – Joe Girard
KFC Founder Colonel Sanders drove all over America and offered his fried chicken recipe for a certain percentage of the sales. He knocked on their doors, slept on his car and wore his white suit even though he already got 1,009 refusals. On the 1,010th time, he finally got a “yes”.
Engrave these beliefs into your heart and don’t stop at anything to reach your goals.
Who knows? You can also be a highly successful person soon.