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3 Types of people that are destined to succeed at almost anything

3 Types of people that are destined to succeed at almost anything
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Before you keep on reading this article, I have to be honest with you. We live in a modern world where people crave for instant success, want a better body, better relationships, more money and three easy steps to get it all.

So, if you are looking for some silly step-by-step guides on how to earn more money and become super successful overnight, this is not that kind of article. I’m not going to tell you at what time you should get up in the morning, or how many books you should read per week, or which habits you should develop to become successful. NOPE.

Becoming successful is not easy at all, and it does not happen fast.

You have to earn it. You have to sweat like a pig and work really hard to get what you want in life, because the journey is exhausting and the day-to-day is boring. If you study the lives of successful people, you know what I’m talking about.

You can’t ignore the huge amount of hard work and effort they’ve put in their ideas, projects and start up since day one. Their journey to success has not been an overnight sensation, but it has been tedious and lonely because it actually takes a lot of time to reach the level of success that you truly desire.

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Therefore, if you’re launching your business into an emerging market, don’t expect waking up next day with millions in sales. If you’re an athlete don’t expect to win a gold medal without pushing your body every day, exercising and eating healthy. If you’re a broke college drop-out don’t expect that the first man in a suit will loan you a million dollar.

The true path to financial, personal and professional success, for people starting from scratch, is about having an idea, working on that idea really hard, making the “right” choices (or at least what you think is right in that moment) every single day, and being so unique in what you do that no one else or computer or robots can replace you.

Don’t follow diligently and meticulously someone’s manual or guide to success, because the truth is that success is personal, individual and relative. The best thing you can do is to take notes, get inspired and listen to the advice from the ones who have already achieved your goal.

Those who have already accomplished great things in life, did so by working hard, being creative and innovative.

You must learn and absorb new information like a sponge from:

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1. Visionary people.

People like Galileo, Michael Jackson, John Lenon, Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, Oprah, Beyoncé, J.K.Rowling are just few of the many men and women who have challenged dogmas, opened windows into worlds we didn’t even know existed, studied the unseen, accomplished the “impossible”, innovated entire industries and exhorted the masses to have a vision greater than their circumstances.

The goal of visionary people is not to make money, impress crowds, hang out with other celebrities, or to be powerful. They want to dramatically change the world, help the planet and improve the way we live via innovative ideas, products and visions.

Visionary people share their passions, enthusiasm and vision with the world and let other talented minds join in their grand and audacious endeavours. A great example is Elon Musk, a man who not only wants to build a human colony on mars, but he also wants to make travel faster and greener with electric cars (Tesla Motors).

Thus, be a visionary entrepreneur, challenge paradigms and fuel your life with big dreams and vision, because with an idea, determination, and the right tools you can do great things.

2. Creative Geniuses

Creativity is part of what makes us human and it separates us from each other. Those who follow their creative hunches and curiosity make a conscious effort to introduce change into their lives and put themselves in situations in which they’re more likely to experience the unexpected.

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Creative people are not afraid to face uncertainty and fail multiple times because they know that everything is part of the creative process. Creativity is the force that drives the human spirit in unknown territories and let us imagine, invent, create and communicate in fresh and unique ways.

Whether you want to write a book, paint your emotions on a canvas, design the home of the future and user-friendly apps, make music, or write a new equation that will show the existence of multiple dimensions, YOU MUST embrace your inner creative genius and “think outside the box”, because those who do, will lead the future and make extraordinary things happen.

Give your creativity a voice and your life will be filled with joy and a sense of completeness.

3. Lifelong-learner

The one thing that every successful person has in common is that they never stop learning. They constantly master new skills whenever they need to grow their business and improve any idea, product or service.

Some of the most successful people are college drop-out and learned all by themselves how to build thriving businesses, innovate entire industries and create revolutionary technologies without any formal education. Brilliant minds such as Nikola Tesla, John D. Rockefeller, William Shakespeare, The Wright Brothers, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Steve Jobs, Richard Branson, Rachael Ray, Hilary Swank, Coco Chanel and many many others are the proof that a driven personality always finds a way to get his idea out into the wild world by teaching themselves what they needed to know.

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So, if you want to stay competitive in today’s job market and potentially earn more money, you need to become an autodidact. Don’t kill a dream or an idea just because you don’t know how to do something. Never think that you have to get into debt to learn how to do that something. Knowledge is everywhere and especially thanks to the internet you can even learn how to build things and live like a primate in the middle of nowhere just by watching Youtube videos.

If you just accept the world as it is without trying to learn new things and push your own boundaries, you will never achieve your biggest goals and become successful. Therefore, open your mind, read more, travel, subscribe to newsletters, watch documentaries, ask questions, take free or paid online courses…just get curious.

The very moment you shift your paradigms and incorporate these qualities into your daily life, you’ll finally give your life meaning and direction, so that one day you will wake up and realize: “Holy cow! I‘m exactly where I’m meant to be!

Now go out there and make something!

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The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)

The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder Work)
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No matter how well you set up your todo list and calendar, you aren’t going to get things done unless you have a reliable way of reminding yourself to actually do them.

Anyone who’s spent an hour writing up the perfect grocery list only to realize at the store that they forgot to bring the list understands the importance of reminders.

Reminders of some sort or another are what turn a collection of paper goods or web services into what David Allen calls a “trusted system.”[1]

A lot of people resist getting better organized. No matter what kind of chaotic mess, their lives are on a day-to-day basis because they know themselves well enough to know that there’s after all that work they’ll probably forget to take their lists with them when it matters most.

Fortunately, there are ways to make sure we remember to check our lists — and to remember to do the things we need to do, whether they’re on a list or not.

In most cases, we need a lot of pushing at first, for example by making a reminder, but eventually we build up enough momentum that doing what needs doing becomes a habit — not an exception.

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From Creating Reminders to Building Habits

A habit is any act we engage in automatically without thinking about it.

For example, when you brush your teeth, you don’t have to think about every single step from start to finish; once you stagger up to the sink, habit takes over (and, really, habit got you to the sink in the first place) and you find yourself putting toothpaste on your toothbrush, putting the toothbrush in your mouth (and never your ear!), spitting, rinsing, and so on without any conscious effort at all.

This is a good thing because if you’re anything like me, you’re not even capable of conscious thought when you’re brushing your teeth.

The good news is you already have a whole set of productivity habits you’ve built up over the course of your life. The bad news is, a lot of them aren’t very good habits.

That quick game Frogger to “loosen you up” before you get working, that always ends up being 6 hours of Frogger –– that’s a habit. And as you know, habits like that can be hard to break — which is one of the reasons why habits are so important in the first place.

Once you’ve replaced an unproductive habit with a more productive one, the new habit will be just as hard to break as the old one was. Getting there, though, can be a chore!

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The old saw about anything you do for 21 days becoming a habit has been pretty much discredited, but there is a kernel of truth there — anything you do long enough becomes an ingrained behavior, a habit. Some people pick up habits quickly, others over a longer time span, but eventually, the behaviors become automatic.

Building productive habits, then, is a matter of repeating a desired behavior over a long enough period of time that you start doing it without thinking.

But how do you remember to do that? And what about the things that don’t need to be habits — the one-off events, like taking your paycheck stubs to your mortgage banker or making a particular phone call?

The trick to reminding yourself often enough for something to become a habit, or just that one time that you need to do something, is to interrupt yourself in some way in a way that triggers the desired behavior.

The Wonderful Thing About Triggers — Reminders

A trigger is anything that you put “in your way” to remind you to do something. The best triggers are related in some way to the behavior you want to produce.

For instance, if you want to remember to take something to work that you wouldn’t normally take, you might place it in front of the door so you have to pick it up to get out of your house.

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But anything that catches your attention and reminds you to do something can be a trigger. An alarm clock or kitchen timer is a perfect example — when the bell rings, you know to wake up or take the quiche out of the oven. (Hopefully you remember which trigger goes with which behavior!)

If you want to instill a habit, the thing to do is to place a trigger in your path to remind you to do whatever it is you’re trying to make into a habit — and keep it there until you realize that you’ve already done the thing it’s supposed to remind you of.

For instance, a post-it saying “count your calories” placed on the refrigerator door (or maybe on your favorite sugary snack itself)  can help you remember that you’re supposed to be cutting back — until one day you realize that you don’t need to be reminded anymore.

These triggers all require a lot of forethought, though — you have to remember that you need to remember something in the first place.

For a lot of tasks, the best reminder is one that’s completely automated — you set it up and then forget about it, trusting the trigger to pop up when you need it.

How to Make a Reminder Works for You

Computers and ubiquity of mobile Internet-connected devices make it possible to set up automatic triggers for just about anything.

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Desktop software like Outlook will pop up reminders on your desktop screen, and most online services go an extra step and send reminders via email or SMS text message — just the thing to keep you on track. Sandy, for example, just does automatic reminders.

Automated reminders can help you build habits — but it can also help you remember things that are too important to be trusted even to habit. Diabetics who need to take their insulin, HIV patients whose medication must be taken at an exact time in a precise order, phone calls that have to be made exactly on time, and other crucial events require triggers even when the habit is already in place.

My advice is to set reminders for just about everything — have them sent to your mobile phone in some way (either through a built-in calendar or an online service that sends updates) so you never have to think about it — and never have to worry about forgetting.

Your weekly review is a good time to enter new reminders for the coming weeks or months. I simply don’t want to think about what I’m supposed to be doing; I want to be reminded so I can think just about actually doing it.

I tend to use my calendar for reminders, mostly, though I do like Sandy quite a bit.

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Reference

[1] Getting Things Done: Trusted System

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