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The Only 5 Success Principles You Will Ever Need

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The art of achieving success is fundamentally an easy concept if you let it be that way. Too many times we try and complicate what success is and how it can be obtained. It’s not that success is hard to achieve, it’s just that you have to put in lots of work and consistent effort – the 10,000-hour rule.

Whether you are an entrepreneur or you are just trying to be successful in life, there are some basic principles that you should incorporate into your life.

If you do nothing else, then just practice these five success principles, and they are all you will ever need.

1. Your pain becomes your success

The first principle doesn’t really sound like something that can make you successful, but it’s the most important of the four. It doesn’t matter where you look, every great story, every inspirational person and anyone who has ever achieved the impossible has had some sort of struggle or pain to deal with.

What drives your success could come from something like a failed intimate relationship, family breakdown, tragedy or even a startup. At the time it will seem like everything is not going your way but this pain is actually what will give you success. If you never experience pain or a major struggle, then your chances of success are low.

The pain is what will make you re-think everything you have done to date an interrupt your pattern. It’s the drive and passion that you are lacking. When you see pain coming, know that success is not far around the corner as long as you get the message of the situation.

2. Passion is all that matters (passion = life)

When someone shows no passion, they make you feel like they are lifeless. Once you have met someone that plays life at the ultimate level, you will see that it’s passion that brings them to life. If the passion is taken away, then they become lifeless and back to being average.

Passion is the thing that is talked most about throughout our lives, and many of us never discover it. If there was one thing, and one thing only that we were meant to discover in our life it’s our passion. It’s the thing that get’s us up early in the morning and keeps us awake late at night.

It’s the thing that we talk about the most and makes us constantly take notes on our smartphone. It’s that one activity that causes you to get goosebumps down your spine. If you can unlock what that passion is for you, then you will have succeeded. Once it’s unlocked, all you have to do is utilise it and make it your obsession.

I was a drummer for many years, then gave it up, then I was a successful DJ and gave that up too. Looking back at my own life, I have discovered that I continually give up on my passion right before I am on the brink of greatness. Well, not this time. From this moment on I will pursue my passion as if it’s the last thing I will ever do.

I want you to do the same and make it your primary goal to discover what it is that is going to become your purpose. It may take time, but it’s the success principle that everything else will be born from.

3. Be grateful

All of us get to wake up and do whatever we want. The one decision you should make every day is to be grateful for what you have right now. Be grateful that if you are not achieving the success you desire, you can just turn on a movie and see someone else demonstrate their passion and achieve success – the movies strategies can then be mirrored in your own life.

Be grateful that you can start something new at any moment you choose. You have the opportunity to inspire others with your dream and what it is that you are good at. You can completely change how someone is feeling just through a smile or the smallest of actions.

Gratitude is something you should practice often, and it’s used by all of the people you follow and idolise. Don’t be afraid to just be happy with where you are right now. Be patient, keep doing what you’re doing and don’t give up.

4. You are meant for great things (belief)

All of us are destined for great things. To harness the power of this success principle, though, you need to believe this statement first. Once you know you can achieve greatness, it’s just a matter of persistence.

If you think you are going to be normal, you will but if you believe you are going to be great at something then eventually you will be. None of us have to continue to be average although we need to start doing something right now. We need to take some action towards some sort of goal.

In my own life, I believe that I can inspire other people through my work and this belief can never be changed. It doesn’t matter how dumb or uninspiring someone says I am; I know that what I think is what will shape my future.

Even at the lowest point when I think no one is listening, I am proven wrong. People are watching you at your best even when they don’t tell you or like your Facebook post.

5. Fire Up

The simplest of my four success principles is “Fire Up!” This might seem like a short phrase that means nothing but it’s very powerful. Fire up means that you need to live your life in a peak state. Change the way you are sitting, change the way you are talking, change what you are wearing and how you are standing.

Do everything in your life as if a football coach is screaming in your ear to try harder and show more passion. This simple phrase, “fire up” came from my friend in high school who was always liked by everyone because he was always fun to be around.

He made everyone else feel great because he would shout at people in a good way, and let everyone see his happiness. To be a leader and have people follow what you are doing, it requires you to fire up and show some vulnerability. Show people all sides of you, not just the perfect Instagram side that a lot of people portray as their true self.

When you really start to live in a peak state, your circumstances will change, and people will want to interact with you. In a sales pitch, you will be more convincing and more confident than you have ever been before. Your influence will be that of a world leader, and if you stay on this path, you may even become one.

Have you tried any of these success principles? Do you think they could work for you? Let me know in the comments section below or on my Facebook and Twitter.

Tim is best known as a long-time contributor on Addicted2Success. Tim's content has been shared millions of times and he has written multiple viral posts all around personal development and entrepreneurship.You can connect with Tim through his website www.timdenning.net

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  1. Sangay Tshering

    Jan 5, 2017 at 5:36 am

    I can’t agree less on those Fundamental principles that you have discussed. I think those are the golden areas where the so called success pivots on.
    All in all its an inspiring one.

  2. Ferb

    Dec 20, 2015 at 10:20 am

    Although there are many things to improve but I think we all believe fixing the bad habits and understand the word success to really get what we want, great points thank you.

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 22, 2015 at 3:19 am

      Cheers for checking out the article Ferb.

  3. Charlene Rhinehart

    Dec 19, 2015 at 2:14 am

    Great article, Tim! Your first point initially raises eyebrows but is a perfect point to understand. What we may think is a setback is actually a set up for greater levels of success. If you have not experienced pain, how can you truly understand the meaning of pleasure and perseverance.

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 20, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Charlene a few people have said that about my first point. It’s something that I truly believe and every highly successful person I seem to meet has an element of severe pain in their success. Normality won’t get us anywhere near our dreams.

  4. Karl Mohan

    Dec 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Great piece. There is a common view that we have to be happy all the time, but happiness and pain are two sides of the same coin. If one does not know pain (or suffering) how would one know happiness (I.e success in my view, not financial ticker). Pain as a driver is great but I like how you have balanced it with “Fire Up”. Most tend to feel the pain and become immobilised by it. Keep it up Tim.

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 17, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Karl for your perspective. Happiness is absolutely unreachable if you have nothing to compare it with.

  5. Timo Fischer

    Dec 16, 2015 at 3:40 pm

    Great summary of priniples that you need in order to Succeed. Especially the second one is important you’ve got to love what you do and be passionate about it, it must be the thing that drives out of bed in the morning and what makes you look forward to the next Day.

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 16, 2015 at 9:14 pm

      Cheers Timo and glad you like the success principles.

  6. Toño

    Dec 16, 2015 at 3:36 am

    I just love the very first line ‘The art of achieving success is fundamentally an easy concept if you let it be that way.’ Yes, if you let it be. It sounds as a relief, as something simple yet powerful!

    Lately I’ve been feeling isolated and lonely during my job time, as if my colleagues & co-workers ignore me in some way. I was seeking appeciation and approval, even though it may sound kind of mean. I was feeling like I was left unnoticed, despite the fact I know I was doing lots of quality work lately, doing my best and overworking. People around can get used to good things very quickly and just take it for granted. But some good old ‘thank you’ can actually change your day, and as far as I read through your article, I can see you are talking about gratitude.

    But we have to use the power of alchemy, I see. We should learn to transform the pain inside into the fuel and climb up the hill. Yet again you remind me to change attention and to start see things in a different perspective, and I am grateful for this. I just need to take my pride away and stop looking for approval for what I am doing, because it is not the reason. Just accept and let it all go, and move forward.

    Patience is a virtue, and sometimes I just need some good kick to recall it. Thank you once again, Tim. You just made up morning, and more likely the whole day of my journey.

    I also wanted to ask, have you written any book? I think I may enjoy reading it. I am on my way to overcome on of the my greatest fear and to move on from matrix lifestyle, but I feel like I need something to fire myself up.

    Thank you, stay well and have a wonderful day!

    • Tim Denning

      Dec 16, 2015 at 4:58 am

      Toño thanks for your comment. Maybe the fact that you are isolated is a good thing because you are on a different wave length to everyone else. Often entrepreneurs suffer from this because they are not happy with mediocre and want to change the world in some way. The pain you are feeling from the isolation is what will motivate you. It sounds like you have outgrown your job and want more from your life. You have more to give maybe.

      I haven’t written a book yet but are halfway to completing one. I will elt you know when it is finished. Thanks for all the support.

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How YOU Can Create a Powerful 10 Year Life Vision

Ashley Hann

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Where do you desire to be 10 years from now? Joel Brown, founder of the well-known website and podcast Addicted2Success, breaks down exactly how to gain clarity in your life and create a powerful 10-year life vision. The vision process that Joel teaches has transformed the lives of hundreds and thousands of people who use it.

You can listen to the full podcast interview here with Joel Brown or head over to my website AshleyHann.com for more inspirational podcast episodes.

Joel Brown is the real deal. He travels the world coaching thousands and thousands of people to stand in their vision so they can turn their dreams into a reality. He has been featured in the Think and Grow Rich movie, Entrepreneur, Forbes, Inc., The Huffington Post, Success Magazine and more. He has sat down with well-known thought leaders such as Tony Robbins, Deepak Chopra, Jay Shetty, Gary Vaynerchuk, Grant Cardone, John Assaraf and the list goes on.

This is a MUST LISTEN episode all about gaining clarity, creating harmony in your life and creating a powerful 10-year vision so that you can live the life you’ve always wanted.

Joel Brown (Founder of Addicted2Success.com)

Joel breaks it down for you step by step. In this episode, we go over:

  • The 3 key questions you must ask yourself in order to live a fulfilled life and master your 10-year vision
  • How to define success for yourself and discover what you really want
  • The 8 areas of life to include in your 10-year vision
  • The top, prevalent patterns successful people share and why you should adopt them too
  • The 3 main limiting beliefs and bullsh*t stories that hold people back from achieving their dreams and goals
  • Why dropping perfectionism is so important and what to do instead
  • …and so much more!

If you’re more of a visual person then you can watch my video interview with Joel Brown here:

This is an episode you won’t want to miss. Joel Brown is the 10-year vision expert and teaches his vision process all over the globe to thousands and thousands of people. You’ll want to make sure to grab a pen and paper so you can take notes and action on the strategies he shares with you.

You can connect with Joel Brown @iamjoelbrown on Instagram and Twitter.  Make sure you also check out his popular motivation account @addicted2success on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

You can listen to the full episode on SoundCloud,Apple Podcasts or Spotify.

OR you can watch it on my YouTube Channel:

RESOURCES:

His event: www.elevatetribe.net

The #1 motivation website he built from scratch: www.addicted2success.com

His Circle of Influence online mastermind: www.iamjoelbrown.com/applynow

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5 Ways You Can Utilize Information Properly and Think More Efficiently

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The mind is a complex system of facets, of which some have yet to be discovered. Still, in spite of all this, there has been enough information to help us gain a rudimentary understanding of it. Thinking is what we all do, although what differs is the efficiency and levels at which we do it.

A lot of things influence the way you think, and most of these factors vary from person to person. However, there are some foundations and basic laws that can help you move from just filtering information and utilizing it to think efficiently.

Below are a few ways you can utilize information properly and think more efficiently:

1. Be quiet and listen

We’re constantly bombarded with information, and the nature of this information determines how we respond. Are you the type of person who doesn’t handle bad or even good news well? If so, learn to take a step back, evaluate things, and look for the way forward. It’s something that stock market traders do all the time, and it works like a charm with practice.

2. Never neglect what your emotions tell you

While a lot of people might not know this, it is true that the conscious thoughts we have only represent a small fraction of the events going on in our heads. At any given point in time, you have the unconscious aspect taking in massive amounts of information, most of which we don’t even know are being processed.

Your brain makes conclusions, good or bad, and starts to generate feelings that rule our emotions in the long-run. So, whenever you have a subtle feeling that points you to a certain course of action or thought, don’t ignore it. At the end of the day, that feeling gets its way somehow, and it’s better you come face-to-face with it and understand its nudges better.

“When you react, you let others control you. When you respond, you are in control.” – Bohdi Sanders

3. Never think while under pressure

Pressure can be good, but a lot of the time, it tends to yield counter-productive results. Regardless of what you’re doing, there are times when you feel pressure. What this pressure does is force you to rely less on the part of your unconsciousness that functions like a trained autopilot system (from all of the training and experiences that you’ve had in the past). Essentially, it forces you to overthink things.

You begin to analyze every aspect of what you’re doing, and you end up using parts of your brain that have no business with the specific activity. So, whenever you take the time out to develop a certain skill, make sure you learn to have faith in your instincts as well.

4. Never focus on one viewpoint

Bluffing is something that professional poker players do almost every time. It’s become an art. However, instead of just bluffing on a whim (which also works at times, by the way), most of them employ a simple trick while playing; they think about how the opposing players would act if they weren’t actually bluffing.

In most cases, the brain tends to search the world for filters in order to confirm the beliefs that it holds. However, the problem with this is that it tends to limit you. At the end of the day, you could be dealing with facts that are just not wrong.

“What’s true of the poker game is true of life. Most people are suckers and don’t realise it.” – Michael Faust

5. What do you love doing?

According to studies, a lot of people tend to have moments of insight and solutions to problems when they’re not even aware of the fact that the problem is being analyzed by the brain. These are usually moments when you take a stroll, listen to your favorite track, brew your favorite coffee, take showers, and read blogs; when you feel relaxed and comfortable.

This is because insightful thoughts are usually generated by an influx of neural activities that occur in the right hemisphere of the brain. The best time to plug into the mind is when you’re stress-free, so make sure that you engage in activities that relax you more often.

How do you go about maneuvering around and making decisions in a world constantly bombarding you with information? Let us know your thoughts and advice below!

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10 Simple Yet Effective Ways to Bring Out the Successful YouTuber in You

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YouTube is a social media platform that has turned many a normal person into a celebrity. With over 1.9 billion logged-in users visiting YouTube every month, it is a hugely popular platform that is being actively used by people who are leveraging its reach and popularity for reputation building, increasing visibility, creating and driving brand reach and last but not the least, earning money.

We keep hearing success stories of YouTube influencers who were nobodies when they started out and today run some of the most popular channels on YouTube and are considered reputed influencers in their niche.

There is absolutely no doubt that if done right, a presence on YouTube can be a massive boost for your brand (if you are a business) and ensure visibility of stratospheric proportions (if you are an individual).

But, at the end of it all, most people want to get onboard YouTube for the money. If your channel is popular enough, it can be a regular source of income for you. So, how do you become a successful YouTuber and establish a popular YouTube channel?

Here are ten great tips to help you on your way:

1. Identify your YouTube Goals

What do you want to achieve out of YouTube? Straight off the block, this is the question you must answer. YouTube can help build your brand, both business and personal, if that’s your goal. It will help improve your reputation and differentiate yourself from the competition. It could also become a revenue generation medium for you.

There are many reasons you might want to start a YouTube channel, and you need to zero in on the right one. Identifying your core goal or set of goals will help you plan your YouTube journey effectively.

2. Identify the Right Niche for Your Channel

Making videos is a resource-intensive activity. It also needs a rare degree of passion to make videos because you are going to put a truckload of effort into it. So, make sure to zero in on the right niche for your channel, meaning the kind of video content you are going to post. If you are an individual, the content must align with your interest, preferences, skill sets and knowledge.

If you are a business, it must align with your business’s services or domain. Think very carefully whether you will be able to keep making videos about a specific topic, subject or domain regularly. This will help you choose the right ‘content type’ for your channel.

3. Trust Yourself

There are some YouTubers who give up because they think they are not cut out to be successful YouTubers. There is absolutely no doubt, you will be wracked by self-doubt when you start, especially if your videos aren’t finding enough traction. The key here is to have confidence in your ability and pursuing your end goal indefatigably.

Don’t give up because of setbacks; some of the top YouTubers started off slowly and built their audience steadily. When it comes to YouTube, it is important to understand that success won’t come easily or quickly.

4. Be Prepared for Criticism

As a YouTuber, you have the ability to showcase your knowledge and skillsets to the world, but this also sets you up for criticism. There are people who are going to like your videos and there are those who won’t and will go a step further and criticize it through the comments section.

And very often, this criticism isn’t constructive and its only aim is to make fun of you and your video. Can you handle this criticism? You must if you want to be a successful YouTuber. Try developing a thick skin and don’t allow even the most virulent criticism to affect you.

5. Respond to Comments

Make it a habit to respond to comments, irrespective of whether these appreciate or criticize your video. Your response tells your viewer that you care and are prepared to listen to their views. This helps you build a relationship with your viewers who can then turn into channel subscribers. Don’t think YouTube videos are one-way traffic wherein you make a video, a viewer sees it and forgets about it. A video is a means of driving interaction and engagement.

6. Follow other YouTubers

You might have some great content ideas for your channel, but you must also keep track of what other YouTubers are doing. There is always a chance that you will get some inspiration from their videos as to how to make a video more interesting, get the lowdown on audience engagement tactics and find technical aspects as well including camera work, audio etc.

7. Attend Meetups

There are plenty of YouTube meetups, conventions and conferences happening all over the world; it is imperative that you attend YouTube events happening in your region. This way you will be able to meet fellow YouTubers in the region, and who knows, you might also meet YouTubers, you follow and want to emulate. If you get the opportunity to discuss notes or get tips, do so. This will help refine your channel content

8. Keep Measuring Your Performance

Start measuring your YouTube performance from the word go. You need to keep track of various performance metrics to know how well you have done. A metric like ‘views’ is super important but so is ‘watch time’. ouTube judges the performance of your channel on various metrics and uses these to rank your videos in search results. There are plenty of tools that can help you track and measure YouTube performance based on various parameters.

9. Don’t Judge Yourself Too Harshly

Don’t set impossible standards for yourself. You are going to make mistakes and learn from them. No video is perfect and don’t think you can start making amazingly successful videos from day one. So, judge yourself, but don’t go overboard. Don’t compare your work with people who have many years of YouTube experience behind them; this would be counterproductive and play havoc with your confidence levels.

10. Keep at It

If you want to bring out the successful YouTuber in you, you must keep at it. Plan a video publishing schedule and stick to it, irrespective of whether your videos are doing well or not. Remember, once you set cadence, you will get better at your videos, and this will drive more engagement.

A successful YouTuber is no different from a successful person. You need to work hard, learn from mistakes, and more importantly learn from others. And you must make use of all this learning to create better and more more engaging videos.

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Why You Should Prefer Emails to Phone Calls if You Want to Be More Productive

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“Email” and “productivity” rarely go together in a sentence. Emails have been declared as one of our largest time wasters. A McKinsey report stated that people spend around 2.6 hours each day responding to emails. That’s 13 hours a week, 52 hours a month and over 60 days a year! Imagine what you could’ve achieved in 60 days!

Emails also negatively affect our cognitive resources. When we think of responding to them while doing other important tasks, it takes up to 23 minutes and 15 seconds after being disrupted to return to full attention to a current task. Imagine how much our cognition and productivity gets fractured when we get distracted over and over again.

Constant emailing also drains us mentally. And at the end of a day, we realize that we’ve achieved nothing worth mentioning. With a phone call, you can sort issues and solve problems quickly, right? In theory, you’re right. But we live in a practical world where many variables come into play.

Below are three variables that make phone calls adversely affect our productivity, and why emails are a better alternative:

1. Wasting Time

Most “five-minute conversations” can quickly turn into 35-minute calls because people ramble about irrelevant aspects. This derailment, several times a day, severely limits the limited time and energy you have for important tasks.

Emails, on the other hand, force writers to streamline their thoughts and stick to the point. Emails can save you plenty of time and energy because you avoid lengthy phone calls. The constant strife to keep your own emails short and crisp also makes you a clearer thinker, which rewards you in other aspects of your life.

“It’s better to waste money, than it is to waste time. You can always get more money.” – Hal Sparks

2. Inaccurate Responses

An unexpected phone call can catch me caught off guard on a topic. I might respond emotionally or give an answer that doesn’t do justice to what I want to share. In a world dominated by panic buttons and fire-fighting, these don’t just stress me out but the caller as well.

Emails give me flexibility to prepare a coherent response and share it when I’m satisfied. If I feel a surge of emotion, I can sleep over the thought and share a better (more rational) response the next day. Many page-long email responses to emails that upset me have turned into a simple “thank you for your email” the next day.

3. Constant Back-and-Forth

Phone calls often are ineffective to solve business problems. Accounting for multiple people, their views, their timelines… One phone call can quickly turn into three.

Emails are quicker and more effective than even conference calls. They let you communicate with multiple people at the same time. You can share information, assign tasks and give status updates while being as specific as possible.

You must be wondering, “What about back-and-forth emails then? Why do we waste precious time on them?” Yes, email has earned a bad rap. But it’s not because of the medium; it’s because we handle it ineffectively.

A Better Approach to Emailing

For most people, constantly refreshing the inbox is part of the daily to-do list. It keeps them busy and gives them a kick of dopamine – the feel-good chemical.

Ironically, this quest to remain busy makes people compromise on taking action that can move them forward. Using emails prudently, rewards you with plenty of energy and mind space to focus on tasks that truly matter.

Here are three steps that benefited me without succumbing to the side effects of email:

1. Checking Them Less

I check emails just 3 times a day – at 9:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 4:30 PM. If you don’t have the luxury to do the same, you can start by checking your emails for ten minutes at the end of each hour. Most senders expect a response in a little over an hour. So they won’t mind a slightly delayed response. This gives you 45 undisturbed minutes each hour to work on your core tasks.

2. Responding Quickly

People delay responding to emails at least 37% of the time, which turns finding emails and responding to them into additional tasks that cost time and lead to attention residue. Most emails take under two minutes to respond. When you can respond to an email, do so instead of putting it off. This won’t just put your mind at peace, it’ll also reduce the number of “did-you-see-this” follow-up emails in your inbox.

“I do love email. Wherever possible I try to communicate asynchronously. I’m really good at email.” – Elon Musk

3. The If-Then Technique

The If-Then technique helps you address multiple scenarios at once. For instance, an email that says, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM?” becomes, “Can we meet at 3:00 PM? If not, please advise three other times that work for you.”

This technique is also effective when you want to suggest ideas or provide instructions on alternative steps. For example, “Here’s Plan A. If it doesn’t work, connect with [name] and ask for [specific information]. If you don’t get what you need, inform me.”

I’ll admit. This sounds like more work in the current moment, but it drastically cuts down the number of trail mails, confused correspondences, and fire-fighting instances that occur due to miscommunication.

The If-Then formula is the single most effective technique I’ve learned from The 4-Hour Workweek. All of this doesn’t mean that you abandon phone calls, In fact, it’s better to use the phone for sensitive topics or if an email conversation gets dragged. But remain mindful to not let phone calls waste your time.

If you want to pursue a meaningful life, place a premium on your time. Do things that create time for you to pursue meaningful actions and avoid doing what pulls you away from them. In the knowledge economy, this is the key to success.

Do you prefer email or talking on the phone? Share your thoughts below!

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