We all have met those people, right?
The people who seem like idiots, yet they’re still more successful than you? It’s irritating, isn’t it? It goes against everything we’re taught to believe. But it does happen.
Frequently, when I am coaching, a client will ask something like…
“I’m just as smart as this person, so why am I working so much harder yet making so much less than them?”
When they ask, I’m never quite sure… Do they really want the truth, or are they simply venting their frustrations?
To play it safe, I usually say nothing and wait to hear what comes out next. After a silent pause, the client speaks…
The next few words out of their mouth tell me everything I need to know. If they are serious they’ll press me and ask again. If not they’ll simply move on to the next topic.
You see, I need to know if they are serious, because if they’re not, then they aren’t ready to hear the cold, hard truth.
So what about you? Do you want to know why people half as smart as you are making 10 times more? If so keep reading…
The Smartest Person Isn’t Always the Richest
Today, the Internet provides an overwhelming amount of information. Never before have so many people been so well informed…
And yet, so utterly confused.
Lots of entrepreneurs go around thinking “Access to information is what separates the winners from the losers.”
They also think: “The smartest person in the room should be the most successful.”
Neither are true. If they were, then whoever bought the most products, or read the most books would be richest, and we both know how ridiculous that is.
That’s not to say that getting the right information isn’t important, it is… it’s necessary but it’s not sufficient.
When it comes to being successful in business, there are a few easily overlooked elements that are absolutely vital. They’re truly the deciding factors.
So, what are the crucial “winning” elements at the core of all successful entrepreneurs (even the “idiots”)?
What Separates the Successful from the Wannabes
Taking action is the real difference between the super-successful and the wannabes. And learning from the results of those actions and taking action again is the difference between the successful and the super successful.
Wannabes simply absorb information and at their very best, react to it. And with such an overwhelming supply of information, most of them are simply numbed by it.
Contrast that with the successful entrepreneurs out there. When they get good information, they act on it – as soon as they possibly can.
The main reason why so many don’t take action is because they are paralyzed by the prospect of failure.
Add to that, their mistaken belief that the next information nugget they come across will be the difference between success and failure, and it becomes obvious why their “waiting” has them stuck.
If they press on, they only become more confused by conflicting facts. All the while, becoming increasingly frustrated that they still haven’t found the magic they’ve been seeking.
If you’ve ever been there, here’s my advice – Stay focused!
How to Focus and Take Action NOW
Take a deep breath, and ask yourself:
“What do I have to get done today?- Not tomorrow, or next week, or even next month. Today!”
And not what do I have to learn, but what do I have to DO to further my success?!?! It’s easy to lose your focus on today when you are thinking about tomorrow.
And it’s just as tempting to believe that the next pearl of wisdom you come across is going to make all the difference. But it won’t.
You’ll never reach the level of success you crave without taking specific DAILY steps that take you there.
Even taking a single step and testing a new idea for your business can give you the information you need to take another step. And then another. Soon you have a plan for your business, based on your own experience.
That experience will always be more valuable than some nugget of information that will supposedly lead to success (but rarely does).
It’s pretty straightforward. To build a successful business you have to train your brain to crystallize a future vision, break it into small details, and organize them into daily tasks.
After that, all you need is the courage to commit to the completion of these daily tasks – despite all the obstacles that get in your way.
Sounds easy enough, right? So what will sabotage your success? Mainly fear! Fear is your enemy. The little voice whispering – what if it doesn’t work? What if I’m wrong?
Look, some self-doubt is natural – but when it prevents you from achieving the success you deserve it’s a problem.
I’ll be back later this week with more success secrets like this.
Before I go, tell me…
- Q: Do you find you have trouble taking action?
- Q: What would you say is holding you back?
- Q: What can I tell you about in my next post that will make this more useful for you?
I’d appreciate if you could respond in the comments. Then I’ll speak to you soon in my next post.