Why are most people successful?
The one consistent observation in successful people is a good strong motor. We see it all the time in any level of successful people. Not just the financially successful.
A strong motor is what keeps people moving. Sometimes it moves them in the wrong direction. Sometimes it brakes down and leaves them stranded. Other times it just starts acting up and needs maintenance.
But a good maintained motor will help you reach whatever goal you want.
James Altucher just wrote a great article in his newsletter titled just show up. He talked about having a motor that motivates you to be there and show up. Just showing up on time and consistently could be what gets you to the next level.
Adam Carolla on his podcast says it all the time. Having a good motor is 90% of the game.
I fall into this category. Over the years I have gained quite a bit of experience traveling, raising a family, growing a career, and yet the one thing that keeps me going is that, well, I keep going.
Some people say to me that they feel like quitting and running away when things get rough. But ask my wife, when it gets tough on us, I just put my head down and move forward and keep the motor running.
I have failed at many things but those failures have never got me down. They just piss me off and I want to learn from them.
Yes I get frustrated but am fascinated at what keeps people moving on and its the motor they have. By keeping that motor running I continue to learn and gain the experience needed to get to the next level.
In college it is a fact that showing up to class and working hard at topics I hated gave me the benefit of the doubt with teachers. I had a statistics teacher tell me that he didn’t think I would make it through the class but I received a B. He said I wouldn’t have received the B if the effort wasn’t there.
My first manager with Novartis told me I wouldn’t make it in this business but he was giving me a shot. In his defense I made a horrible mistake earlier and it was embarrassing as hell for him and me. He actually told me in his Australian accent I won’t be with this “Fucking” company in a year.
I worked my ass off and saw him in Vegas a year later after winning 3 different awards. He said there was doubts but since has heard nothing but good things from my new manager. He said those harsh words were a test and I passed.
I just kept the motor going and didn’t let that get me down.
Many times in the past I didn’t want to show up but forced myself and it always worked out. Nothing was ever as hard as it seemed.
My wife and I have been through a lot and each time we grew instead of regressed. We just talked the other day about some friends we know going through a rough patch and all we could say is that we have it good after seeing what others go through.
What are some of the things I do to keep moving.
1. Never let things get to me. Often I worry about something I have no control over. Control the controllable because worrying about something will never help your situation.
2. Be persistent. If it seems there is no end keep that motor moving. Eventually there will be an end. That is the same for retirement, work, family, school, etc.. My Father-in-law says it all the time: “You eat an elephant one piece at a time.”
3. Workout. I try at least a half hour a day but mostly get an hour in. Early in the morning is my preference but I feel better and have the energy to get through the day when I do.
4. Read. I try to read as much as possible and on the subjects I know, don’t know, and are interested in. I read somewhere that if you want to be an expert on anything you need to read 6 books on that business or topic. If you do that you will know more than 80% of people in that business.
5. Write. As much as possible. There are pages and pages of notebooks I write in on a daily basis. My favorite though is to continually take notes in Evernote. It’s a great way to jot down notes and ideas and keep them in one place. This great $.99 book is what I used to understand Evernote. Any article I like, stock ideas, personal finance, family, etc. go into Evernote. I have over 15 Notebooks that I keep organized in Evernote. Another thing that helps is write a list of 10 ideas every day. This is the James Altucher approach that I have adopted over the years but I have always been a fan of lists and they work to keep the brain fresh.
6. Learn something new every week. I try to learn some new feature to my business or life every week. It usually comes from a situation I deal with on a client or a problem in my personal life. It’s something I feel works and motivates me to be an expert in it. To become the expert see #4.
7. Play. For me its with the kids or a date night with the wife. This is important and something we weren’t doing enough. But it always helps our relationship with the kids and wife. Make time no matter what it is.
Just keep that motor going. This past year has been yet another trial for us but my wife and I kept telling each other that it was going to workout and 2015 looks like it will.