The only house in the neighborhood that people talk about is the one that burns down. To be brutally honest, people just don’t care about the ordinary, mundane events of daily life. People care about the extremes: catastrophic failure and absolute success. When you achieve your goals and attain the success you’ve craved for years, prepare to be talked about. You will be scrutinized, every detail of your life and character traits put under a microscope as people try to derive the secret to your success. Those who waited for the house fire to burn will be consumed by one very important question: how did you do it?
The answer, although quite complex, contains five very simple verticals under your umbrella of success. To use a business metaphor, success isn’t measured by your repetitive failure – it’s measured by your overall wealth. The wealthiest people are the 1% that are willing to fail 99% of the time. Do not fear failure, embrace it. Below are 5 key factors to consider as you strive for success.
Your Portfolio: Who guides, mentors, and challenges you to better yourself? Analyze the kind of people you follow and associate with. Do you surround yourself with friends that accept mediocrity or inspire greatness? Friendships are like stocks: invest in them. They are diversified and complicated but they complement a specific set of goals you are trying to achieve. They have the ability to elevate your portfolio but you’re willing and able to disconnect from their downward spirals if you feel it’s in the best interest of your long-term objectives. Your mentors are your financial advisers. Mentors help guide you through tough decisions – cutting ties with old stocks, for example – that may not make sense to you, but are ultimately necessary. You’re willing to respect the path to wealth, not because you understand it, but because you trust your mentors. Your friends, teammates, and followers are the beneficiaries of your portfolio. The examples, wisdom, and experience you set before them are of far greater value than the sum of your material wealth.
- You would rather be tired than broke. Because you fear being average, fatigue will forever accompany you. While most are content to float through life, aimless and average, you seek a far more challenging road. Greatness will take effort, pain, sacrifice, and immeasurable failure along the way. You will experience both the limitless highs of conquering your next goal, and nearly suffocate in the disappointments that follow down the road. In the long run, your commitment to greatness will carry you through the low points and the pain. You know it will be far more painful to accept defeat than to push forward beyond the world of mediocrity. As we say at Stadium Performance, there are two types of pain: the temporary pain of discipline and the permanent pain of regret. Choose the former and you will be tired, but successful. The latter leads to a life of broken dreams and enduring pain.
- You’re not the same individual you were a year ago, a month ago, or yesterday. You’re always growing and you have the ability to change your own direction on a whim. You have to break the cycle of insanity. Finally understand that you are repeatedly doing the same thing – over and over and over – and expecting a different result. Every summer: hanging out with the same people, hitting the same parties and doing the same piss poor workout. If the toughest part of your day is choosing a spot on the beach and remembering to roll over every 15 minutes so the tan stays even, it’s time for a change. Shake things up. Jump out of bed every morning with a purpose and get ahead. Start eating healthier. Accept that training with a purpose can be painful, and sometimes downright miserable. Embrace it. Don’t ever let yourself get comfortable, because while you plateau, somebody else is improving. Each day do a little more to get better. If you’re not getting better, you’re getting worse. Eventually greatness will become a habit and your wealth will become an addictive necessity.
- Where are your followers from? Realize that success is built through leadership rather than through common opinion. Common opinion adds clutter to your life, don’t concern yourself with it. Find the 1% differential in every moment, task, and relationship that sets you apart from the group. Be 1% faster, stronger, harder working, or more committed than the guy next to you, and soon you will separate yourself from the group and emerge as its leader. Every second of every day is an opportunity for you to improve and learn something new – to improve your relationships, your fitness, your mindset, and your character. Living life outside your comfort zone will lead to a life overflowing with wealth. Your wealth will define you.
- You are willing to sacrifice who you are for who you will become. By combining your portfolio, attitude, intent, and 1% stature in life, your true wealth will not be defined by the size of your bank account, rather by the number of lives you changed, starting with your own. Wealth of life comes from surrounding yourself with the right people, possessing a healthy fear of being average, pushing yourself to get better every day, and escaping your comfort zone as often as possible. Through immeasurable leadership, attitude, humility, and success, you will be the wealthiest 1% in this world obsessed with mediocrity. I once knew a man so poor that all he had was money.