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I think we can all agree that the world moves at a much faster pace than it used to. What used to take months to go from one side of the world to the other turned into weeks, then days, and now, if you were lucky enough to get direct flights in the pre-covid travel era, you could fly in a matter of hours!
Instant messaging and online chats have made it quicker and easier to get your issues resolved with online shopping and Amazon has helped us expect anything we order to arrive in two days, or one day, and sometimes even on the same day!
We want things fast and we want things easy. It’s the mindset of instant gratification. We don’t like waiting for things to arrive in the mail, or for long travels time, but we also don’t like waiting for success to arrive at our doorstep either.
We have this expectation that success can be and should be instant and unfortunately, that just isn’t always the case.
If you haven’t heard my story before, you might even be sitting here reading this post now, thinking, “But you own another company called Million Dollar Bathrobe. You’re successful!”
But, my journey did not start here. I’ve been an entrepreneur my entire career and I didn’t have any success for the first 17 years.
My success did not happen instantly. I waited and worked a long time before I achieved anything but I learned a lot from those 17 years and that’s what I want to share with you.
I can’t guarantee that you are going to be the next billionaire, I don’t know that. But what I can tell you is that there is a mindset that will keep you going, even if others fall off and give up. And in a day and age where people are trying something new and quitting faster than you can say “Feel Like a Million,” I think you’ll find these ideas useful.
#1 Success is a Pearl.
A pearl forms over many years and it turns out, it isn’t made from a grain of sand (that’s a myth)! An oyster starts forming a pearl when a parasite comes into contact with the inside of the oyster and as a defence, the oyster secretes a coating which becomes the very first layer of the pearl.
The parasite and the defence mechanism don’t have anything to do with success (although I’m sure there’s an analogy in there somewhere!) but I just thought it was an interesting fun fact.
The connection I want you to remember is this: your success may take time and it may mean a lot of work, but it also means that you are persistent and have a vision for something beautiful.
You know that something beautiful is going to come from your idea, or your goal and you have that vision firmly planted in your mind. What you need to do now is work on making your beautiful pearl.
Layer by layer, you build up your success. That is what it means to be persistent and that is what you need to have in order to stick with it, even when it feels tough.
Find the pearl you want to create and as you’re building it, remember that there is something beautiful waiting for you on the other side as long as you don’t give up.
#2: Success Looks Like an Iceberg
Yes, an iceberg.
Like this bad boy here.
From the top, it just looks like a large piece of ice floating in the water. But do you see how much of the iceberg is hiding beneath the surface? This is what you need to know about success.
There is so much going on underneath the surface that nobody on the outside can see. There’s hard work, there’s grit, there’s passion and determination and sometimes, it all just takes time for these to come together.
It took me 17 years!
Whenever you feel like giving up, or you start comparing where you’re at with someone else’s success, think of the iceberg. Think of what sort of time and hard work went into building that success and what you can do to keep building yours. Be the iceberg.
If you missed the Million Dollar Monday Show this week, check out the full episode here where I talk more about this “Iceberg Effect”
#3 Success Needs a Blueprint.
When you build a house, you start with blueprints. You have a plan for where you want to go and you have the knowledge of how to get there. If you don’t know what you’re doing or where you’re going or how to get there, your goal and the success that comes with it will be a lot harder to obtain.
Use your plan to make sure that you stay on track and get the end result you want. You may need to get help from an experts to create your plan, or you may study and learn for yourself before getting started. Whatever you do, having a plan and being able to learn are two keys to making your work a success!
Let your blueprints guide you, but don’t be afraid to make alterations if you need to in the future. On the Million Dollar Monday Show this week I talked about the benefit of being flexible and knowing when to pivot. Let your blueprint be your guide but be open to changing your plans if you find that a better option comes up down the road.
One of the main reasons why people give up is because they don’t realize how much work and dedication and commitment is involved in making a dream become reality.
Success is possible, are you going to be persistent?
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