Some people find it easier to determine what they are meant to do in life. They are just so sure and confident of the path they need to tread in order to create the life they desire. That’s why we hear about people like Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook and Bill Gates of Microsoft actually dropped out of college to focus on their path.
Most other people regular people typically have to try several things before they can finally decide what they need to focus on. Regular people generally iterate, make mistakes, copy others before they can choose a path to follow through in life.
In this episode of Winners Ways podcast, I will be sharing tips about how to find your path. There are too many distractions and pressure around us, and it takes extra efforts and becoming intentional to find or create a path. I do not believe that success is achieved by mere luck or a form of game of chance. The need to provide food on the table and take care of our family has driven most people to just to the next available thing in order to earn a living.
How do you maintain your originality and be yourself as you navigate your path in this chaotic and fast paced world? Is it okay to copy others?
- Word Harder:
“A dream doesn’t become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work”. – Colin Powell
– Not hard work alone, but work smart.
– You must be strategic
- Read your goals:
According to Daymond John, He always have 10 goals that he reads every morning and every night. He categorized them into short term, medium term, and long term. They are based on faith, family, business, health, and career. I read my goals every single morning. I have five to seven goals. They range from health, family to career. About five of those goals expire in six months and one of them expires in 10 years and one of them expires in 20 years.
– You are heading nowhere without goals
– Decide on what you really want
- Define what success means to you:
Success is doing the thing that you want to do every single day and being around the people that you want to be around.
– What exactly do you want to achieve?
– This must be about you and not your friend, brother, sister, parent or people around you.
– Do not try to live up to everybody else’ expectations.
– Money is good, but it is not only about money.
– It varies from person to person – Good health, getting married, getting promotion on the job, writing a book, losing weight, having children, etc
- Find your strength:
This success may not have been possible if John had let his difficulty with dyslexia define him. Instead, he used his strengths to get ahead. Before he became the influential entrepreneur that he is today, John had to get through school. “In math and science, I would excel,” says John. “I could look at something quickly and get high grades, A’s and B’s.” Yet reading and spelling were another story.
– Play in your areas of strength
– Strive for continuous improvement
- Reach out for help:
It is not a sign of weakness to ask for help when you get stuck or you are not sure of the path you should follow.
For John, the one person that helped him the most is his mom, by far. According to John ”She would always push me. She led by example. He mother took a mortgage on her home in order to help John to start his business.
“Ambition is the path to success. Persistence is the vehicle you arrive in” – Bill Bradley
CHALLENGE: Share a time that you had to defy the odd and do something differently by following your instinct.