In the book, Mastery by Robert Greene, he talks about how some people are born with higher IQ’s and have a lot more natural talent than others.
They are usually out-shined by someone who has a lower IQ and a lot less natural talent.
Examples of this phenomenon can be Charles Darwin and Sir Francis Galton. Galton had an exceptionally high IQ and was a child prodigy in science, while Darwin admitted to be an ordinary person. Yet, Darwin is now more widely known and accepted as the more prestigious, superior scientist.
We can also see this in other examples with Bill Gates and other people who were not the best in their class, but became more successful. What are their secrets and how can you reach this massive level of success?
Below I am going to share with you 6 things that will help you reach a massive level of success.
1. Follow your passion and turn it into a dream
We all have similar brains, but we all have different personalities. This observation lets us realize that our brains may react to certain stimuli in a different way, and that we all think differently. Because our brains react to different stimuli, we are ultimately attracted to different things in life.
Certain things spark up our brain and we become fascinated. Those things we become fascinated by in life are the things we were meant to do. We lose our sense of those fascinations and what we are passionate about because we force ourselves to conform to getting a job we don’t like in order to have financial stability.
This is the wrong path to follow if you want to achieve massive amounts of success, you must re-find those things that fascinate you and master them. Mastering a subject you are passionate about will take you to new heights because you will find enough determination and persistence to know more than anyone else.
This will make you successful because you will have more to offer than anyone else. Begin to take this and dream of the life you want to live by following your passions and the things that excite you.
“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions in a way that serves the world and you.” – Richard Branson
2. Have a sense of realization
Once you start to work on your craft and develop a sense of how you want your life to be, you must come to realize that this process will not happen overnight. Mastering a craft and becoming successful takes a lot of hard work and patience. You have to do something every day that will help you achieve success.
This will require dedication, willpower, and sacrifice. You must have this type of realization because if you constantly believe that you can become an overnight success, you will be disappointed, and this will hinder your journey in achieving success.
3. Improve yourself
Not only do you want to master your craft to be successful, but you also want to master yourself. Lao Tzu once said that “Mastering others is strength. Mastering yourself is true power.” The most successful people in the world, and the people who rise in the career field, work on themselves more than they work on their craft. You must constantly find ways to improve and stay healthy.
“Your life does not get better by chance, it gets better by change” – Jim Rohn
4. Take small steps
You cannot leap into success. Take small steps and start from the bottom, building a foundation of knowledge. Start on the smallest projects and do them to the best of your ability. Excellence is a habit, so you must make it a priority to do everything with excellence and work your way up the ladder.
Taking on too much at a time will drain you. Start small and put your 100% focus into that. Remember, massive success is achieved through the sum of small efforts.
5. Enjoy the ride
Achieving success is a journey. We all want to reach success rapidly because we believe that the destination will be the best part of our lives. We believe that the best part is the end. Well, not so much. Yes, reaching success will be fantastic, but we must also enjoy the process and develop our character as much as possible.
Enjoy everything you learn and every person you meet along the way. It is critical to build your character on the road to success, because the person you become, will determine if you stay successful. There will be failures on the road, but enjoy them. Know that every failure and mistake has made you stronger.
6. Stay focused
There are so many distractions in the world. You have to find a sense of discipline and perseverance. Distractions are the enemy to success and the enemy to opportunities. Organize yourself, your thoughts, and when it is time to work, stay focused. Turn off all electronics and stay away from all social media.
Clear your life of unnecessary clutter. You will feel a lot better about yourself and have clarity in your goals. We must remember that our ability to focus is an evolutionary trait that helped us become one of the most powerful species on the planet. Once we realize this and put it to use, we realize just how powerful we are. You can get so much done in such a short amount of time if you focus.
I hope these tips will help you on your journey. What tips would you add to this list?
How to Stay Motivated to Achieve Your Goals
Time is the raw material of our lives. How we choose to spend it, shapes our life accordingly. So having the motivation to spend it on achieving goals is crucial to creating a life we want.
What is Motivation?
The Oxford dictionary defines motivation as the desire or willingness to do something – our drive to take action.
Scientifically, motivation has its roots in the dopamine pathways of our brains. When we do something that feels good, that’s dopamine kicking in. Our actions are driven by the desire for that reward (the good feeling).
Author Steven Pressfield describes motivation more practically. He says we hit a point where the pain of not doing something becomes greater than the pain of doing it. He sees motivation as crossing the threshold where it’s easier to take action than it is to be idle. Like choosing to feel awkward while making sales calls over feeling disappointed about a diminishing bank account.
However you choose to think about it, we all want to harness motivation to achieve our goals.
How to Get Motivated
James Clear, the author of Atomic Habits, says that most people misunderstand motivation. They think that motivation is what gets us to take action. In reality, motivation is often the result of action, not the cause of it. Once we start a task, it’s easier to continue making progress. Like Isaac Newton’s first law: objects in motion stay in motion.
This means most of the resistance when working on your goals comes right before we start. Since motivation naturally occurs after we start, we need to focus on making starting easier.
4 Ways to Make Starting Easier
1. Schedule it
One reason people can’t get started on things is that they haven’t planned when to do it.
When things aren’t scheduled it’s easier for them to fall by the wayside. You’ll end up hoping motivation falls in your lap or hoping that you’ll muster enough willpower to get it done.
An article in the Guardian said, “If you waste resources trying to decide when or where to work, you’ll impede your capacity to do the work.”
2. Measure something
It’s easy to feel uninspired when you don’t know if you’re making progress or what you’re even working towards. That’s why you need to make your success measurable in some way. Starting is easy when you know exactly how much closer your current actions will bring you to achieving your goal.
3. Extrinsic motivation
This type of motivation is from external factors. It can be either positive or negative. Positive motivation consists of incentives like money, prizes, and grades. Negative motivation consists of deterrents like being fired, having a fight, or being fined. Extrinsic motivation doesn’t work effectively long-term, but it can work well in the short term to get you started on something.
4. Make it public
Keep yourself accountable by telling friends and family your goals, or even sharing them on social media. This makes it easier to start something because you’re pressured to not let others down.
How to Stay Motivated Long Term
When we say we want to feel motivated to do something, we don’t want to be pushed or guilted into doing a task. We want to be so attracted and drawn to the idea that we can’t resist not taking action. That’s why it’s important to build a foundation that will set you up for consistency.
These are 5 techniques that will help you do just that:
1. Stay in your goldilocks zone
The goldilocks zone is when a task is the perfect level of difficulty—not too hard and not too easy. In this zone, we reach peak motivation and focus.
For example, let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against a 4-year-old. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become bored and not want to play. Now let’s say you’re playing a serious tennis match against Serena Williams. On this level of difficulty, you’ll quickly become demotivated because the match is too challenging.
The Goldilocks zone is in the middle of that spectrum. You want to face someone with equal skill as you. That way you have a chance to win, but you have to focus and try for it. Adjusting your workload and goals over time to stay within your Goldilocks zone keeps you engaged and motivated long-term.
2. Pursue intrinsically motivated goals
Being intrinsically motivated to achieve a goal is when you want to achieve it for what it is. There are no external factors like a reward or the risk of being fired. The drive behind your actions is coming from within.
For most intrinsic goals we pursue them because they will enrich our lives or bring us closer to fulfillment. That makes these goals extremely sustainable long-term because they directly affect our quality of life and the things we care about.
3. Use “chunking”
Chunking is the technique of breaking down a goal into smaller short-term targets. By doing this you achieve multiple successes in your pursuit of the main goal. This triggers the brain’s reward system and drives you to keep going.
Traditionally, you may set a goal that you expect to achieve in one year. That’s a long time to commit without seeing any results along the way. By chunking your goals into monthly or quarterly targets, you get the consistent positive reinforcement you need to stay motivated long-term.
For example, instead of trying to lose 50 pounds in one year, try to lose 4 pounds every month for 12 months.
4. Be flexible
We’re all victims of circumstance. Things happen along our journey that we can either adjust to or quit because of. That’s why it’s important to have leeway and flexibility when you’re pursuing a goal. If you expect everything to go perfectly, the inevitable failure can make you disengaged and desireless. When you plan for things to go wrong, you make sure you can keep up for the long haul.
5. Pursue your goals in a sustainable fashion
Don’t lose hope when you’re not an overnight success. Overnight successes are the 1%—for the most part, they don’t exist. What we see as an “overnight success” is actually countless hours of work behind the scenes finally hitting a tipping point. Pursuing goals is a story of patience, persistence, and unseen effort.
Don’t compare yourself to others. Comparison is a recipe for a drop in self-confidence and satisfaction. It also cultivates a mindset where you think you haven’t done enough. As a result, you may raise your expectations and put more pressure on yourself.
This is pointless because things worth achieving take time. So we obviously won’t compare to the things around us when starting.
Mastering motivation is a superpower. With that ability at your fingertips, you can accomplish your goals and shape a life you want to live in.
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