As an avid student and practicioner of success principles, this topic is near and dear to my heart — the core philosophy of successful people. If you still struggle to attain success in business or life, this post should shed some light on how successful people think.
Plenty of Internet marketers are making scads of money online and I know many of them personally.
Despite their obvious wealth, very few of them have what I would call a healthy, happy, integrated core philosophy that virtually guarantees success over the long term.
They can talk about business as the day is long. But ask them what they've done for fun lately and they draw a blank. Apparently, they don't know how to DO anything (except buy expensive toys) with all that money.
Yawn, how BORING.
More notable is the fact that these ‘entrepreneurs' are just as insecure and uncertain about the sustainability of their businesses in these uncertain economic times as are people with jobs in tenuous industries.
No matter how much they have, they cower in fear that the ‘good times' will suddenly end and that they'll be left with nothing.
UGH!!!!!! That's NOT success. Fear is the (evil) antithesis of success.
- REAL success comes from understanding that the true value of money lies in having the FREEDOM to LIVE the way you want to live.
- REAL success comes from knowing that you can write your own ticket REGARDLESS of what's happening with the economy, on the political scene or any other external factor.
- REAL success comes from having both the ability and the desire to GIVE more to those less fortunate.
One of the few IM's who shares my core philosophy and with whom I feel great simpatico is my friend, Yanik Silver; a multi-million dollar online business owner who understood the meaning of ‘living large' BEFORE he got rich. By result, Yanik has achieved extraordinary success in every facet of his life… NOT just his business.
Every time we talk he's off on another great adventure – anything from running with the bulls to dune buggy racing in the Baja and flying on the Vomit Comet, the zero-gravity airplane. (I, unfortunately, had to decline an invitation to the last two events due to prior commitments, but know the stars will align one of these days. Personal note to Yanik… I'll cancel any plan if you do a ‘Peking to Paris' run across the Gobi Desert and the high Tibetan Plateau. 🙂 )
Yanik's next great adventure is a trip on Virgin Galactic, Richard Branson's sub-orbital space flights.
Although I personally don't have quite such lofty adventures planned, if you've followed my personal blog , you already know that I'm a total glutton for geophysical eye candy and international cuisine.
Yanik isn't an adventurer because he has the money — he has money because he WANTS to do those things. And like Yanik, I traveled extensively before I was making serious coin. The only difference is that I do it far more often and I fly first class now.
Ros hiking at Macchu Picchu 2001 – camera imprinted date is incorrect.
In other words, money is a means to an end, not an end in itself.
That's the primary concept that some people just don't get, and NOT ‘getting it' stymies success. And it's not something to which one can just pay lip service either — you have to hold it in your heart of hearts for it to work its charms.
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