I never had that “Mommy and Daddy” money. I had that “If I don’t work my ass off,” I won’t have any money. And, that is my secret to all success.
I’ve been very blessed in my life. I’ve experienced a reasonably high level of success in almost everything I’ve set my mind to do. Without fail, some think that I have a large bag of magic pixie dust that I sprinkle on my unsuspecting clients to get them to bend to my every will. These are the people who will never believe me when I tell them about the basic, mundane, repetitive steps that I take every day to achieve a high level of success consistently. They want to know the latest app that I use. They want to see the software that I have, or the click funnel I’ve created, or the podcast that I’ve perfected. They don’t want to know about the discipline I have to work very hard and very smart every day.
I’ve been working every day for what I have since I was 12 years old on a Kansas farm. I learned early on, thank goodness, the facts of life.
Doctors don’t’ make you healthy.
Teachers don’t make you learn.
Trainers don’t make you fit.
Bankers don’t make you rich.
I learned early that personal growth and success is my responsibility and mine alone.
This formula has many ingredients. It is a combination of always having a vision that turns into written goals that I believe in with a passion. Then it’s all about focus, consistency, dedication, and perseverance.
I once spoke to a group that was so convinced that I was hiding some super-secret to success that they requested that my topic should be a list of these “secrets.” I stood before this group, all poised to note this perceived wisdom that I was about to share. The presentation of my 21 Success Secrets went something like this. Secret One, I work really, really, really, really, really, really hard! Secret Two, I have written goals. Secret Three, I do a daily planner of prioritized tasks every day without fail. Secret Four, I talk to lots of people. Secret Five, I ask lots of people for discovery conversations. Secret Six, I ask lots of people to buy my product or service. And so on and so on. Much of the crowd was astounded. Much of the group was upset because they were convinced that I was still unwilling to share my secrets.
It’s all about discipline. My favorite definition of the word discipline comes from Elbert Hubbard, who said that “Self-discipline is the ability to make yourself do what you should do when you should do it, whether you feel like it or not.” To achieve self-discipline, you simply must work hard. Nothing can replace hard work. There is no way around it in achieving your dreams and goals, like it or not.
Years ago, my Grandfather said, “Good things come to those who work their assess off and never give up.” These are the world that I’ve lived by.