“Success is dependent on effort.” — Sophocles
There it is. The only piece of advice we need. Get to work.
Well, atleast it’s the one factor we can actually control. The amount of effort we put into something. However, a successful outcome isn’t guaranteed.
To be perfectly honest the really practical advice depends on what particular field you’re in, and how you want to acquire your actual, physical, real life money.
However, there a few general principles that can lead you closer to your goal than “do it”:
Stay on the lookout for opportunities.
Keeping your eyes and ears open is key. Sometimes things will fall into your lap, but the more effort you put into things the luckier you’ll get.
The thing about “the law of attraction” is that the more you remind yourself of what you want the more often your mind tends to look for those things.
An example I use when working with clients goes like this:
“Take a second to look around you. Done?
Close your eyes. Without peeking, tell me everything you saw that was blue.
Look around again.
Now, this time you saw a lot more blue, right? Again, close your eyes. Tell me everything you saw that was brown.”
I do this to illustrate that we often only see the things we’re either told to look for or that confirms our previous beliefs.
Figure out how to leverage your strengths.
Too often we’re so focused on becoming well-rounded that we spend far too much time on our weaknesses than our strengths.
If you’re great at pitching, marketing, coming up with ideas and implementing solutions then you should focus on that.
If suck ass at finances then perhaps you need to get your skills to a certain level. But spending countless hours studying to become an accountant won’t serve in your best interest.
What you need to do is the topic of our next step.
Surround yourself with good people who can complement your weaknesses.
As soon as you can afford to hire someone, do it. Offload the stuff that you aren’t good at and don’t enjoy to another person.
Preferably they should share your values and vision while also being ready to challenge you and tell you that you’re wrong when you’re wrong.
These are good people.
Find what void, product, and/or service you can you fill.
Sure, you can be a very successful “me too!”, but there might not be a millionaire upside to it.
Figure out where the white space is.
For example, Uber, Instacart, and Air BnB could’ve easily been created by established taxi companies, supermarkets, and hotel chains.
They didn’t seize the opportunity and someone else filled that void. Then others jumped into the field but those two companies already had a head start.
That being said, they’re also facing challenges that those who come in their wake don’t.
While it’s not always easy being a trailblazer, there can be tremendous upside to it.
Go interact with the people who want and need it.
Listen to people. Don’t just push your own interests on them. Figure out where your interests overlap with theirs. Make yourself useful. Be of service to them and establish yourself as a reliable authority in whatever field you want to pursue. Then you can ask for their business. Remember, they don’t have to buy but they’re far more likely to than if you ignore them.
All of this is summed up in the simple phrase: “Work hard and smart.”
What you’re going to get out of this is probably some general advice and some practical advice. However, it will not be predicated on where you’re currently at and where you want to go.
The basic principles are readily available in books, on YouTube, and constantly referenced in pop culture.
What you need to do is to apply those principles to figure out how they apply to your specific set (and lack) of skills.
Also, you should continue to ask more and more specific questions. Get into the nitty gritty of things. But also you need to actually apply them. So ask 1 or 2 specific questions. Then use that advice for a month and ask the next set of questions.
Repeat this cycle.
Perhaps your reality for acquiring “all dat monies” is predicated on you being the 5th employee of a startup that ends up revolutionizing how we interact or that establishes the first and only restaurant on the moon. It might be all about you being able to scale a small business you start yourself today.
Something that’s not talked about enough is the fact that not everyone will have that million dollar idea or success. Maybe you can create it, but it ends up not fulfilling you.
I mean, you should go for it. But also realize that if you don’t make it there, it’s not the end of the world.
You can live a very comfortable and happy life on creating a $75,000 per year business or being an employee at a company that provides you with a decent salary, security, and a flexible work schedule that allows you to spend more time with your family and hobbies.
Happiness isn’t found in a fixed number. It’s all predicated on who you really are and what fulfills you.
For truly successful people the mindset is the same whether you’re a millionaire, or not.
Some people find joy in the time it affords them, some in the pursuit, and some in simply taking a step back and enjoying the moment.
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