First Hold on To This
So before we go further to talk about how to create the mindset for success, let’s start by gluing this to our mind.
A single point in line cannot determine the slope of the line.
So you can’t determine where your life will go by a single moment in time.
The Main Inspiration Behind This Mindset
my goal with this article is to start by strengthening your belief that where you come from does not define where you will end up.
As I listen to the book mindset the new psychology of success, a book, I cannot reccomend enough, there are so so many changes going on in my mind.
changes and thoughts which make me see why I made certain decisions both good and bad.
This book helps me see how our minds are being programed by our environment to believe in the impossibility of what is out of the box.
This book inspired me to want to share some of these points with you.
Points which will hopefully reshape our mentality and help us create the mindset which will lead to the attainment of our wildest dreams.
Creating The Mindset For success
Failure takes you higher
If you are a self-development enthusiast like myself, I am sure by now you have heard the saying
” failure is a stepping stone to success”
Maybe you just heard about this and never really believed this.
Before I share my story, I will like to introduce you to some famous failures.
1. J.K Rowlings
After a broken marriage.
She was a lone parent, a jobless, extremely broke as you can be in modern Britain without being homeless, she was inspired and motivated to work on an idea, which is now read and loved by billions of people worldwide today ( Harry Porter).
2. Steve Jobs
After being fired from the company he created, Steve became inspired to work on other projects such as NEXT, Pixar.
Successful ventures which led him back to the CEO position of the now $2billion dollar company with over 4000 employees.
“I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me.”
3. Bill Gate
Let’s conclude this list for now, with a harvard dropout.
Who also co-owned a company called Traf-o-Data, which was an epic failure.
“It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.”
The lessons he learned from this failure, led him to become the then-youngest self-made billionaire at 31 with his success from his software company Microsoft.
How failure led to my success
After getting my high school diploma and spending a year studying environmental science at the university.
I decided to dropout and prepare for an engineering concour.
I had always wanted to study engineering, I dreamed of working for a big engineering company.
If I passed this concour, it meant I will get the opportunity to study in a school which will guarantee, I get a visa to further my enineering studies in France after my second year.
Before even writing the exams, I already started fantasizing of the awesome experiences I will have in France and the plenty Job oppotunities I will have after earning an engineering degree in a Europeen university.
So you would understand how heartbroken I was when I failed this concour.
After the mourning period, I had to decide, what now.
My father’s friend informed him of the possiblity of me studying chemical engineering in the catholic university.
A university which was known to have a 99% acceptance rate.
So I applied for this and I was taken.
I wasn’t very enthusiastic about this university.
This was the university in which I was introduced to entreprenuership by our monthly guest speakers and lecturers.
Perfect is not happening, so you might as well just start now.
There is no time more perfect to start than now.
Just do it, stop procrastinating.
Start that diet.
Start that youtube channel
Begin your blog
Start writing that book
Just do it
The only way you can get better is if you do it.
Learn from your mistakes, modify and improve.
Don’t have a mindset of, if I am not good now, I will never be good.
Be ready to put in your 10,000 hours to reach that Michael Jordan level of excellence.
Cause that’s how Michael Jordan got to that level of excellence.
Overnight Success is a lie
All the people you see and believe, they achieved overnight success, that’s a lie
They have been working for years underground.
They have been working without getting any recognistion
They have been working while we were too busy to notice or they were not good enough to be noticed.
I recently saw a video of Tiffany Haddish which many believe to be an overnight success in that’s so Raven back in 2005.
This was before her breakout role in 2017 comedy Girls’ Trip.
Being your best is the way to go
The is a huge difference between working to be the best and working to be your best.
Working to be the best entails you comparing yourself to others, working to make sure you are better.
Working to be your best means, working to be better than you were yesterday.
While many will argue that working to top the charts is the way to go.
I strongly do believe and stand by working to top your chart.
This doesn’t in no way tell us not to look at what other successful people in our field are doing.
It encourages us to look at them not with the principal goal to top them but with the goal to use their tips and tricks to better our skills.
This mindset puts us in a frame of mind where we don’t mind sharing our knowledge with the world.
We don’t fear anyone surpasing us.
We leave the rat race.
Like one of my favorite spoken word artist Suli break says, “even if you win the rat race, you are still just a rat.”
We don’t put pressure on ourselves to do certain things which don’t go with our principles, just be ahead of the game.
We follow our rhythm, unique from the rest.
The real treasure is in the climb
Success comes from the journey, not the destination.
The journey molds you into a success.
So take the time to enjoy and learn all you can on your journey.
The habits you develop on this journey which take you to the destination is the real treasure.
Many successful people would tell you that, if you take all their wealth away and leave them with the habit and mindset they have developed along the way, they will still be able to make lots of money.
Only quitters fail.
As long as you haven’t yet quit, you are not yet a failure.
It doesn’t matter how much time it takes.
It takes time to develop outstanding skills.
Times filled with challenges, mistakes, and failures.
Let the failure just describe a moment in time, let it not describe who you are or who you will become.
These are all names of people who went through numerous challenges, challenges which some might see as a reason to quit.
They are known are successes today because they didn’t quit.
Go for the challenge
Go for the road which will bring you the challenges which build.
Success is out of your comfort zone.
Success comes from the hard road.
So when the road gets hard, it doesn’t mean you should back down.
It means you are on the right track and going through this hard road will build a character equipped for success.
You have all you need to succeed
The gold you are looking for is right where you are.
One of my favorite books is the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.
Tells a story of a shepherd boy who travels far away from home to find a treasure he dreamed of.
only to reach his destination to be told, the treasure was back home, buried where he had spent numerous nights.
Your will will create a way.
Once there is a will, there is a way
This is where the law of attraction comes into action.
Write down your goals.
Regularly remind yourself of them.
Put the ideas that come to mind in action.
You might not know how you will achieve your goals, as you start but rest assured it will come to you.
And be ready to take action when it does.
Many successful people talk about ideas coming to them in dreams, in the shower, at times when their minds were so relaxed to even think about their goals.
At times when they were just focused on the present.
Everything is rigged in your favor
One of my favorite quotes is from Arianna Huffington’s book strive.
” live life like everything is rigged in your favor.”
This helps you stay in a positive state of mind even when you are going through hard times.
As you are reminded that even the bad is for your good.
And we all know how important a positive mindset is.
Success begins from within
let’s conclude with a remindal of the importance of creating a mindset for success.
Many successful people will tell you, how you feel as you work towards your goals, is a glimpse of how achieving your goals will make you feel.
You don’t wait to achieve your dreams, then become happy.
No, you become happy and let that feeling guide you to genuine success.
Create a mindset which inspires discipline, hard work and consistency for those are the key ingredients for success.
I hope you found these points helpful.
I will love to hear from you, what has been the mindset which led to your success, what mindset do you need to develop?
As usual, my friends, go be legendary.