Published by Matthew Gustin
2 years ago
1. They think that the status quo can be changed
When you grow up you tend to get told the world is the way it is and your life is just to live your life inside the world. Try not to bash into the walls too much. Try to have a nice family life, have fun, save a little money.
That’s a very limited life. Life can be much broader once you discover one simple fact, and that is – everything around you that you call life, was made up by people that were no smarter than you. And you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use.
2. They don’t let the happenings of their environment affect their road to success
There are two types of people in this world that you can be. There are thermostats but there also are the thermometers. Thermostats don’t let their circumstances control their outcome. There’s going to be days were life steps right in your face, Murphy’s law is making an example out of you. Regardless of your circumstances you stay driven, regardless of being faced with depressing situations you stay confident. If you walk into a room and its cold you heat it up. When its raining outside you will still run your three miles. If you lose your job you still see your dream. Ultimately it’s all up to you.
Then there are people that are thermometers, they let their circumstances control their reality. You walk into a room with people who want you to fail, so expect you’re gonna fail. Your car breaks down so you can’t get to the gym and train or you can’t get to the library to study or you can’t get to work. You walk into a cold room so you sit there and freeze. Your circumstances control your reality. I’m down on my luck, I can’t catch a break. It’s out of my hands.
We all know those people that when they enter the room you feel the energy level rise, you watch them and feel inspired. Hey man you just lost your job how are you still driven, how do you still have the will to train? Hey lady your husband just left you, cheated on you, how do you still show up early every day and study before class and stay late and study some more? These people do not let their circumstances control their reality.
Be a thermostat, control your environment not the other way around. It’s raining outside so what? Work is rough this week so what? Your offer at work got shot down so what? Your girlfriend left you so what? You spoke in front of your colleagues and no one listened so what?
– Les Brown
3. They don’t fear failure
You can’t lose your nerve for the big failure because you need exactly the same nerve for the big success.
It’s understood that for us to have those really big wins, we’re going to have failures as part of that. Failure isn’t the problem. It’s the fear of failure that’s the limiting factor there. We have to push through. We say at DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency), you can’t lose your nerve for the big failure, because the nerve you need for the big success is the exact same nerve—until the moment you know which one it’s going to be. Not before. When you remove the fear of failure, impossible things suddenly become possible. I’m not encouraging failure. I’m discouraging fear of failure.
– Regina E. Dugan
4. They believe that everything is possible
Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men, who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given, than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
– Muhammad Ali
5. They know that success isn’t a result of luck but the outcome of hard work
I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work. When I was 13 I had my first job with dad carrying shingles to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job in a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground. And I never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.
– Ashton Kutcher
6. They always aim high
One of the principles we teach in our programs is “If you shoot for the stars, you’ll at least hit the moon.” Poor people don’t even shoot for the ceiling in their house, and then they wonder why they’re not successful. Well, they just found out. You get what you truly intend to get. If you want to get rich, your goal has to be rich. Not to have enough to pay the bills, and not just to have enough to be comfortable. Rich means rich!
― T. Harv Eker