I’m willing to bet everyone you know wants to make more money. I’m also willing to bet half or more of those people want to be successful at some point in their lives, of which financial gain is a natural byproduct.
Yet, how many people in your world embrace and hone the characteristics necessary to be successful? In this article, I will share the number one tip needed to achieve success (especially with writing), and the rarely acknowledged components of that tip.
Here’s The #1 Tip…
Consistency is the name of the game… Of every game, for that matter. You won’t find a single successful person who is inconsistent in their actions. The only reason they were able to reach the heights they aimed for was because they saw a dream, made a plan and carried it out consistently.
It’s funny because most of the time, consistency is one characteristic people lack. I often think back to this quote when I’m contemplating this topic:
“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge
Consistency is the only trait that will set you apart from the rest. You can work this to your advantage, however. As the old adage goes, “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.” Which leads me to my next point…
Apply Grant Cardone’s 10X Rule
Maximize everything you do to such a degree that your work has no option but to become successful. That is the 10X Rule in a nutshell. I highly recommend reading his book for all the other wisdom and action planning it contains, but even if you don’t, you now have an essential tool in your arsenal.
The more you press into the actions you need to take, the more you become committed to them. The more committed you are, the more consistent you become. This is a great formula to follow in the beginning when you’re building your consistency.
Be (Politely) Loud And Bold
If you’re loud and bold enough, you will succeed. At first glance, this can sound like a somewhat rude recommendation, but I assure you – in a world where everything is moving faster and getting smarter, you need to be one step ahead of the rest. The ideal way to build your platform is to be politely loud and bold.
You need to show the world that you mean it! Head out to blogs, social media platforms and the real world, and start interacting with people. Strike up conversations and seek to provide value wherever you can.
Of equal importance is understanding you can and should be you. When you embrace the characteristics that innately set you apart from others in your niche, people start paying attention.
There’s an old quote that basically says the following. The whole world attempts at first to get you to be “plain vanilla”, but as soon as you cede to this request, the world loses interest. In other words, you have to stand out and offer something unique if you want to make a long-term impact.
Remember that the absolute best way to be bold and loud is to help others. Find out what people have questions about, and offer your genuine expertise on it. Hop on forums, Facebook groups, Twitter lists and more to listen to what people are struggling with. Then begin building your email list, website or product around that need. You’ll be gaining traction in no time.
Be Humble Enough To Master Your Craft
These days, everyone seems to be convinced that you can do minimal work for maximum payoff. I hate to break it to you, but this equation simply isn’t how success works!
To borrow wisdom from another quote, “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.” And it’s as true in 2016 as it has ever been. Nothing astounding comes easily, and nothing that’s easy will be astounding.
There’s so much value to be obtained for yourself and given to others in the humble mastering of your craft. Whatever it is you’ve chosen to dive head-first into, understand that the greatest of our time (and times past) sacrificed many a long hour before arriving at true eminence.
Become so good, so proficient, so prolific and so consistent that A) you love even your bad days and B) people cannot ignore you. It’s said that even the worst day of someone who loves what they do is infinitely better than the best day of someone who hates their work.