What does it take to be successful? The inner analyst in me says there have to be certain traits that if followed would make anyone successful. You can read success stories everywhere. Rich become richer, poor become rich, blind see again, and crippled walk again.
Success doesn’t always have to do with your finances, but with all aspects of your life.
These traits I have compiled are just common traits of all highly successful people:
1. Be Healthy
You did see the title of the website, right? Guide to Wealth and Health! You should have known that this was coming. Obviously, there is a lot of research done about this. I don’t believe you have to win your local bodybuilding contest or run all of the marathons, but I do believe that you need to be in great shape.
If you are overweight I am not trying to poke fun of or be mean, but there is a lot to be said about successful people and being healthy. When you are healthy you have more energy, and you have a certain level of engagement that your unhealthy counterpart doesn’t have.
I am biased, but I live it!
2. Be Honest
If the Guide to Wealth and Health could have another theme it would have been honesty. I remember training a group of people, and what I was saying came across a bit harsh. I told them there is one difference between me and the rest of the people that have come to talk to you… “I am the most real person you will talk to!”
I don’t even remember the context this was delivered, I just know that one of the people in that class came to me later and thanked me for my honesty.
Now I am not saying you have to be mean and tell every ugly person you see they are the ugliest person you have seen today. Honesty, however, will get you a lot further in life than dishonesty. No matter how easy dishonesty is, honesty really is the best policy.
So do you HAVE, to be honest, to be successful? NO! But you also don’t HAVE to go to jail. These guys have one thing in common… They screwed over a bunch of people and now are paying the price for it.
(Note: I understand Ken Lay is no longer alive and was never convicted, but I also believe in an afterlife… deduce from that what you will)
3. Climb from Peak to Peak
Life is good!
Both statements are true, however, never at the same time. Every time you reach a peak you will then go right into the valley. The difference between someone that is successful and someone that isn’t… how long it takes them to get back to the top. Life was going great for me, then guess what? The bottom fell out.
I cried. Too much. Crying turns to whining, and whining turns to complaining. The funny thing about complaining is the more you complain, the more you have to complain about.
One time when I was at my lowest, someone said to me: “Drew I liked you better as rich happy Drew, and not as broke miserable Drew.” Well, that stuck with me. They were saying I changed, and they were right. I did change. I should have changed for the better, after all, I was older smarter and wiser. However, I went downhill, and it was all on me.
4. Be Obsessed
“Anything worth doing is worth doing wrong…”
That quote is from Jim Rohn. He is right. If you don’t know how to do something, do it until you figure it out, but the key is to start and don’t stop. If you don’t go to sleep thinking about your obsession and wake up thinking about it, then you aren’t obsessed. Obviously, we are talking about success here. I got obsessed with my success. I also got obsessed with my weight.
Then I got obsessed with this blog! Next, I got obsessed with promoting this blog!
Are you reading this? So, my obsession paid off a little right?
Sadly, about obsession… you can’t obsess over something you don’t love. So if you don’t love it, don’t force it.
5. Learn All You Can about what You Do
“…until you can figure out how to do it right”
This is the rest of Jim’s quote. Start that is the key, but then learn. If you stop learning about whatever you are doing then you must be the best at it, right? That statement isn’t accurate at all.
Do NFL teams have coaches? YES!
Do gold medalists have coaches? YES!
Do successful people have coaches? YES!
Do you know why they have coaches? To go over the basics so nothing ever gets overlooked. Sometimes we get caught up in everything we get an expert attitude and forget about the basics.
I try to read everything I can in my field. I also have countless hours of audio, and video to watch. I keep it all in my queue. Either on my phone or on my laptop, so I can learn something no matter where I go.
6. Flawless Execution
You did it wrong, now you do it right… Perfect it.
You should study everything you can about the field that is making you successful, now just don’t get careless.
Sometimes we get a big head about things, and people say our ego gets in the way of our success. It does, but the real issue is our ego gets in the way of our vision. We quit thinking.
We live in this moment and never plan to think ahead. I call this the “honeymoon phase!”
A woman plans her whole life for her wedding. She has every detail planned out to a “t.” She even gets her groom on board, and he plans the entire honeymoon (which is what he planned his whole life for). The wedding is perfect, the honeymoon is perfect and they all lived happily ever after.
Oops. They forgot to plan their marriage. They only planned a week of their life out. Then the honeymoon wears off.
This happens with our success. I read an article with the “Governator” Arnold Schwarzenegger, that basically said he became too successful too fast, and almost went nuts.
He finally found his balance and came to grips with flawless execution.
7. Dream Big Dreams
You are young, you dream big. You are old, and now life stinks. Does that sound like the reality you are in? Most people have this issue. They had these great plans of being famous, or rich. Now they dream about winning $200 scratch-offs from the gas station so they can pay their power.
What is the difference between having the “heart of a child” and being an adult?
Most people say that kids don’t have a care in the world, and they wish they could be young again. I hate the thought of that.
I have true freedom now, as an adult. I can get on a plane, fly to China, eat Chinese food, and fly home. You can’t do that as a kid. Not that I WOULD do that, but adulthood you become blinded by your own ignorance. When we were kids we were ignorant and just looked right through it. Just google the date the world is going to end… go ahead I will wait.
Obviously, adults are more ignorant than kids! We have accurately predicted 1,000 of the last 0 apocalypses. I, personally, did a survey of college students in the state of Alabama, and 90% of them had a plan for a zombie apocalypse, and only 10% had a savings account. (It did just so happen to be a happy coincidence that the numbers were 90/10 the 10% actually did have a plan for the zombie apocalypse as well.)
Apocalypse, aside, everyone born in the US can actually become a millionaire! I have the math to prove it. I also have the math to fix social security, college tuition, and healthcare.
Why aren’t we all rich? Because we don’t dream big enough!
8. Unlock Your Creativity
Take notes in crayon.
MUST FIGHT THE DOODLE URGE!!!!!!
OOPS! I doodled.
You stopped this when you were a kid. Your parents probably used to tell you “that is a creative idea.” Given it probably wouldn’t have worked, but they told you that.
I was trapped in a snowstorm at work one time, and my son said I have an idea! “Why doesn’t daddy just find the train jump on, then jump off when he gets home!” At the time we had a commercial track by our house. And that was a great idea. For a 3-year-old. Obviously, there were tons of flaws in the plan, but still a great idea.
At some point, someone will tell you that you aren’t original and your idea is stupid, but guess what? They are just jealous! Never lose that creativity!
9. Pay Yourself First
Who hasn’t beat this one to death? Set aside what you want to save first. That is the idea. I have two “set aside” accounts. One is my “retirement.” If nothing ever becomes fruitful and I have to work forever this is my money I never touch and will when I retire.
I recommend a Roth IRA or 401k (if you have an employer match) give it the max you can and forget about it. People will often times use these funds as down payments on houses or worse yet cars, and then start over. Don’t do that. Even if you can’t pay your credit card bills fund the IRA or 401k! Compounding interest is way more powerful than you give it credit for.
Now my next set aside is my “crazy business venture” fund. This is money I invest in my next big thing. It may be an online venture or stocks, but it is the money I can afford to lose. This is could also be under number 8 as my BIG DREAM FUND!
I hope you got a ton out of this, and feel free to share on social media or comment below!
Until Next Time