I barely got through high school, but somehow finagled my way to Arizona State University's graduation a few years back.
I was just a normal kid, and I sure as hell didn't believe I would earn more than a million dollars before I blew out the candles on my 25th birthday cake.
I used to spend my time sitting on my ass, watching TV, listening to what the media told me about my generation and hoping money would fall out of the sky, into my lap.
If you flip through popular magazines or watch television commercials, you will see articles and advertisements that overpromise and under-deliver regarding hints, tips and secrets about how to claim success.
If you want massive success, to live a stellar life and to turn your wildest dreams into your everyday realities, then you, my friend, need to listen up.
Embrace the following five principles, which have allowed me to earn over a million dollars, travel the world and most importantly, help a lot of people achieve massive success in their own lives.
Believe much bigger, much sooner
Whatever you strive to accomplish in your life, start believing in yourself wholeheartedly.
Whether you're in medical school, an aspiring rapper or in direct sales, you must believe in yourself. Beyond believing you can get the job done, you must also believe you're capable of becoming a rockstar in your field.
There is an elite caliber of worker in every industry in the world, and there is a small percentage of people in every industry who earn the majority of the money.
There are people, just like you, reaching for the stars to make it happen — to achieve massive success. Why not make it you?
Adopt a "whatever it takes" mentality and live by it
Life is too short to not go all out. Life is also too short to not do whatever it takes to achieve massive success.
Success takes time, dedication, sacrifice and grit. There is no shortcut to success; you must always do whatever it takes to accomplish your goals and dreams.
Discover and develop a "why" to help motivate you
Identify the motivation that will help push you through the inevitable tough times along your journey to massive success.
What motivates you? Why do you do what you do? Why do you want success? Having a "why" is crucial for keeping you focused during tough times.
Don't chase a check; pursue your passion
Money will go where energy flows. Do something that makes you happy. Do something that gets you excited to wake up at 6 am and go to sleep at 2 am.
If you watch the numbers and concentrate on the money, you will have a long and difficult road to success.
Success is about heart, hustle and pursuing your passion. Again, don't chase a check; pursue your passion.
You don't have to be smart to make money
Life, and more importantly, success, is all about timing. You must be in the right place at the right time, with the right people and know when to take massive action. Grades are important, as are degrees, but timing is everything. If you're always ready, you don't ever have to get ready.
Be open and constantly look for opportunities. Embrace change, and always work your ass off. Do a little more than the next guy; wake up a little earlier and go to sleep a little later. Above all else, never ever give up, quit or let someone steal your dreams. Own your dreams.
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