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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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6 Important Things to Consider When Choosing an Investor

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Angel investment is one of the preferred options for starting up your business. Angel investors are successful businessmen, investing their own funds into a potentially rewarding business opportunity. As an entrepreneur, it is crucial for you to choose an investor that can fulfil your specific business needs.

The right investors can add value to your startup, far beyond the capital they bring to your business. You need to be careful in selecting the investors because seed investing is an early stage investment requiring particular skills and experience.

Here are the six important things to consider when screening and choosing the right angel investor for your company:

1. Experience

You should choose investors who have the experience of building, running, or helping startups in the past. They should have a proven record of investing in startups that have been successful in their endeavors. More than their money, their experience is vital, which makes them an invaluable advisor.

Your angel investors should have experience in the same business domain and in-depth knowledge of your industry. If they have achieved success in other domains or industries, they may give opinions on how to grow your business that aren’t applicable in your field. With the requisite experience, they can guide your business through the difficult start-up phase.

2. Trust

Your angel investor should be trustworthy who can keep your company’s confidential information safe without creating problems for you by using that information against you. It is important to choose an investor who gives you not only monetary assistance but also the right guidance and knowledge. A good angel investor is the one who invests in your team along with your business.

3. Risk Taking

The success of your business venture cannot be guaranteed as there are many potential risks that can lead to its failure despite a brilliant idea. It is vital to find an angel investor who is willing to take calculated risks on a rational basis rather than emotional considerations. They shouldn’t be overconfident and they should think differently from the crowd and be willing to learn from mistakes to keep your company going in the right direction.

4. Support

Angel investors who have been a successful entrepreneur can be very helpful to your business. They have it all to guide and support you to develop a successful business and overcome the challenges that your company can face in the initial stage.

Good business angels are very supportive, helping you in problematic situations. They act as a mentor for you to help you achieve your goals by constantly coaching you and supporting you at every step. They provide time and empathy during your tough times.

These investors have an idea about the highs and lows a new business has to go through before it succeeds. They can give you emotional motivation and help you with their expertise and involvement, ensuring success. They will encourage and challenge you at every step of the way and offer you advice when needed to make you grow as an entrepreneur.

5. Expectations

Before you choose an angel investor for your business, you have to ensure that they have realistic expectations about the timeline of the growth of your company and when you achieve your goals. They should even have realistic expectations about how profitable your company will be in the long-term.

Too high expectations can put pressure on your business and make you take risks that can get you off track and not be good for building long-term value of your business. You should select investors who demonstrate flexibility and have reasonable expectations around reporting, communication, and goal-setting.

6. Patience

Angel investors should be patient enough to understand that it takes time to earn profit. They should have the quality of thinking long term and visualizing the bigger picture of your company’s future. Your business angels should be calm and relaxed, and not be the ones who panic and fear to take challenges. It is crucial for them to understand that startups go through highs and lows, and there’s high competition. A good angel investor will remain calm and accept the fact that all new businesses have to struggle in the initial years before they become stable.

When assessing angel investors, you will have to ask them questions about their prior investments, what their expectations are and how much involvement they will take in your business, among other things. You will have to find investors that have the same domain expertise and portfolio companies related to yours.

By considering the above-mentioned points, you will be able to evaluate whether you and the angel investors are aligned and if it is feasible to have a partnership with them in the long-term. Take the help of your network to find the right investors with requisite skills, experience, and funding capacity to get your business global. So, use your due diligence and get the best angel investors on-board!

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3 Reasons Why Getting Clear Is Important for Your Business

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Everyone goes through times in their lives where blue skies and sunshine are a rarity. Too many clouds and storms, whether they involve business or personal issues, become the everyday occurrence and keep people from achieving whatever they want to do.

There have been many times on this business journey of my own where fogginess and haze have sent me to the mat. Trying to kick out at a 2-count when being pinned with all of this stuff seems unbearable.

In taking a holistic view (meaning looking at the entire picture) of where I am, what has changed? Clarity. Getting very clear on what I want to do and where I want to focus my creative direction. Yes, I’m a writer, content writer, copywriter, ghostwriter and creative. That’s one element of my own life. Another one involves being a voice for the voiceless in the craniofacial community around the world.

But this is not to simply focus on what I am doing now. This is about clarity, about getting laser-focused on what you want to do. If you have a coach or mentor in your life, then I’ll bet you have heard them say on one or multiple occasions that you have to “get clear” on what you want to offer.

Here are three core reasons clarity is an important factor for your business:

1. You Stand Out From The Crowd

You cannot go anywhere on social media and not see people putting out content. Some may be good; others are meh. It does not matter, though, if it is good or not. What matters is about conversion. Does the content turn into sales? Does it attract and speak to people’s problems?

Not everyone can be a jack-of-all-trades. You become a master-of-none pretty quick. Theories abound about niching down and finding that sweet spot where you can deliver your mastery to those in need. Think of the millions of niches out there: cannabis, fitness, spirituality, relationships, finances, food, and on it goes.

Every one of these niches need people who can come in and put clarity around their products and services. If these businesses are not clear on what they do and solve to those seeking solutions, then they are not going to have clients and eventually will have to shut the doors.

Learning to stand out from the crowd is going to make you a powerful voice in whatever niche or field you are looking to dominate in all the time.

“It’s a lack of clarity that creates chaos and frustration. Those emotions are poison to any living goal.” – Steve Maraboli

2. You Attract A Lot of Clients

If you wanted to apply one of those ancient universal laws to your business – for instance, like the very popular Law of Attraction – then you would understand what attracts people to you. Nikola Tesla, one of the world’s greatest inventors, once said that if people understood energy and vibration alone and how that works then they’d understand a lot of how things actually work in the world.

Clarity brings out a new energy from your words and actions. You come from a place of total and unbelievable awareness where you look around one day and go, “Dang, look at all of the people who want my services.”

Trust me. This is one of those lessons that I have to come back to over and over again. People might know who I am and what I do from this or that space. Yet is it really crystal clear enough to a targeted section of people? Um, it’s still a work in progress.

In order, though, to actually move forward in business and have the level of success that I desire, then clarity must come into play. Clarity attracts clients. They solidly know what you do and what you offer. There’s no wishy-washy stuff taking place. Understand this core reason to achieve clarity and watch what happens to your very own business and brand.

3. You Begin To Believe In Yourself

There’s this ongoing idea around “imposter syndrome” that folks on the interweb love to discuss. Showing up online like you are a real go-getter and hotshot, but offline that’s not the same person…that’s a problem.

“Imposter syndrome,” to me, starts happening when a person stretches out of his or her comfort zone and it feels miserable. Instead of getting up at 11 a.m. after working a night shift job, you get up at 8 a.m. to get a head-start on tasks and obligations around what you do. Thoughts like “this will never work out” or “I’m never going to succeed and get out of debt” start swirling around your mind like a bunch of chattering monkeys.

Clarity, though, allows you the benefit of starting to truly believe in yourself. In his famous book “The Power of Positive Thinking,” Norman Vincent Peale writes in the first chapter’s first line “Believe in yourself.” That’s it. Then the book goes on to describe different ways of building up your positive mindset through prayer, faith, action, and other real-life examples. Peale’s work may not appeal to you directly, but the mere thought of believing in yourself and your dreams is appealing.

“Clarity comes from action not thought.” – Marie Forleo

Find yourself getting clear on what you want and where you want to go and begin to truly believe in yourself and your abilities. There are lots of people who definitely need your services and work around the world. There might even be people right in your own town who do, too.

When tackling the issue of clarity for your business, take these three factors into account. Think about them seriously. Take stock around where this can be an effective place for you to succeed every single day.

Look for the sunshine and blue skies in your business. They are there. All you have to do is some sightseeing and all of it will pop out very clearly.

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How YOU Can Create a Powerful 10 Year Life Vision

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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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