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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

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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Last Updated on July 17, 2019

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

The Science of Setting Goals (And How It Affects Your Brain)

What happens in our heads when we set goals?

Apparently a lot more than you’d think.

Goal setting isn’t quite so simple as deciding on the things you’d like to accomplish and working towards them.

According to the research of psychologists, neurologists, and other scientists, setting a goal invests ourselves into the target as if we’d already accomplished it. That is, by setting something as a goal, however small or large, however near or far in the future, a part of our brain believes that desired outcome is an essential part of who we are – setting up the conditions that drive us to work towards the goals to fulfill the brain’s self-image.

Apparently, the brain cannot distinguish between things we want and things we have. Neurologically, then, our brains treat the failure to achieve our goal the same way as it treats the loss of a valued possession. And up until the moment, the goal is achieved, we have failed to achieve it, setting up a constant tension that the brain seeks to resolve.

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Ideally, this tension is resolved by driving us towards accomplishment. In many cases, though, the brain simply responds to the loss, causing us to feel fear, anxiety, even anguish, depending on the value of the as-yet-unattained goal.

Love, Loss, Dopamine, and Our Dreams

The brains functions are carried out by a stew of chemicals called neurotransmitters. You’ve probably heard of serotonin, which plays a key role in our emotional life – most of the effective anti-depressant medications on the market are serotonin reuptake inhibitors, meaning they regulate serotonin levels in the brain leading to more stable moods.

Somewhat less well-known is another neurotransmitter, dopamine. Among other things, dopamine acts as a motivator, creating a sensation of pleasure when the brain is stimulated by achievement. Dopamine is also involved in maintaining attention – some forms of ADHD are linked to irregular responses to dopamine.[1]

So dopamine plays a key role in keeping us focused on our goals and motivating us to attain them, rewarding our attention and achievement by elevating our mood. That is, we feel good when we work towards our goals.

Dopamine is related to wanting – to desire. The attainment of the object of our desire releases dopamine into our brains and we feel good. Conversely, the frustration of our desires starves us of dopamine, causing anxiety and fear.

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One of the greatest desires is romantic love – the long-lasting, “till death do us part” kind. It’s no surprise, then, that romantic love is sustained, at least in part, through the constant flow of dopamine released in the presence – real or imagined – of our true love. Loss of romantic love cuts off that supply of dopamine, which is why it feels like you’re dying – your brain responds by triggering all sorts of anxiety-related responses.

Herein lies obsession, as we go to ever-increasing lengths in search of that dopamine reward. Stalking specialists warn against any kind of contact with a stalker, positive or negative, because any response at all triggers that reward mechanism. If you let the phone ring 50 times and finally pick up on the 51st ring to tell your stalker off, your stalker gets his or her reward, and learns that all s/he has to do is wait for the phone to ring 51 times.

Romantic love isn’t the only kind of desire that can create this kind of dopamine addiction, though – as Captain Ahab (from Moby Dick) knew well, any suitably important goal can become an obsession once the mind has established ownership.

The Neurology of Ownership

Ownership turns out to be about a lot more than just legal rights. When we own something, we invest a part of ourselves into it – it becomes an extension of ourselves.

In a famous experiment at Cornell University, researchers gave students school logo coffee mugs, and then offered to trade them chocolate bars for the mugs. Very few were willing to make the trade, no matter how much they professed to like chocolate. Big deal, right? Maybe they just really liked those mugs![2]

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But when they reversed the experiment, handing out chocolate and then offering to trade mugs for the candy, they found that now, few students were all that interested in the mugs. Apparently the key thing about the mugs or the chocolate wasn’t whether students valued whatever they had in their possession, but simply that they had it in their possession.

This phenomenon is called the “endowment effect”. In a nutshell, the endowment effect occurs when we take ownership of an object (or idea, or person); in becoming “ours” it becomes integrated with our sense of identity, making us reluctant to part with it (losing it is seen as a loss, which triggers that dopamine shut-off I discussed above).

Interestingly, researchers have found that the endowment effect doesn’t require actual ownership or even possession to come into play. In fact, it’s enough to have a reasonable expectation of future possession for us to start thinking of something as a part of us – as jilted lovers, gambling losers, and 7-year olds denied a toy at the store have all experienced.

The Upshot for Goal-Setters

So what does all this mean for would-be achievers?

On one hand, it’s a warning against setting unreasonable goals. The bigger the potential for positive growth a goal has, the more anxiety and stress your brain is going to create around it’s non-achievement.

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It also suggests that the common wisdom to limit your goals to a small number of reasonable, attainable objectives is good advice. The more goals you have, the more ends your brain thinks it “owns” and therefore the more grief and fear the absence of those ends is going to cause you.

On a more positive note, the fact that the brain rewards our attentiveness by releasing dopamine means that our brain is working with us to direct us to achievement. Paying attention to your goals feels good, encouraging us to spend more time doing it. This may be why outcome visualization — a favorite technique of self-help gurus involving imagining yourself having completed your objectives — has such a poor track record in clinical studies. It effectively tricks our brain into rewarding us for achieving our goals even though we haven’t done it yet!

But ultimately, our brain wants us to achieve our goals, so that it’s a sense of who we are that can be fulfilled. And that’s pretty good news!

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