Do you have the will to succeed in life? Most people that I know personally do not pursue their dreams. They have self-doubt, but even worse, they believe that their dreams are a fantasy rather than goals that they can actually achieve. They do not believe that they can create their own destinies. Too many people just go with the flow and say, “Some day I will…” or “I need to…” If you’re reading this, you’re probably not one of them, right? You want to learn, take massive action and have the will to succeed.
1. Make the Decision to Act
Years ago, I made several attempts at blogging but I didn’t commit to them. This time, it’s different.
“Some day, I want to” has become “today, I will.”
This blog is my legacy so I have decided that I will do what it takes to make this blog successful. First and foremost, I absolutely must provide you with useful and practical information that you can apply to improve your lives. That’s more important to me than anything else that I achieve with this blog. This is why I won’t post anything for days. Many drafts have failed to make the cut.
But I often forget that this blog is also a business. Currently, I don’t have any intention of profiting from it directly but when I’m good enough, I know that opportunities will become available to me.
“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” ~Jim Rohn
2. Set Goals
We have to set measurable goals in order to gauge our success as we achieve it. By the end of August, my goals for this blog are:
- consistently posts 3x/week
- post a great article on Linkedin or Medium
- Twitter: 400 followers
- Instagram: 150 followers
- 2000 page views
By the end of the year, I will start money experiments by setting up an e-commerce store for my wife and me to run. Additionally, I will publish three podcasts and three videos for this website.
In my monthly blog status report for July 2017, I mentioned that I’ve been learning as much as I can about blogging and running an online business at Wealthy Affiliate. That’s just one source of information. I’ve also been continuing to absorb as much as I can through books and podcasts about blogging.
I’m currently reading #AskGaryVee by Gary Vaynerchuk and listening to Smart Passive Income Podcast with Pat Flynn. Just recently, I’ve started listening to Do You Even Blog. So far, so good! I only have 32 gigabytes of space on my phone and it’s getting harder to make room for all the great podcasts I listen to on my daily commutes. 🙂
I’ve been pleasantly surprised to find that the Twitter community is extremely helpful. Twitter has been the easiest place for me to connect with other like-minded people and so I’ve embraced it. By connecting with other personal finance bloggers, writers, and health and fitness bloggers, I’ve discovered more amazing blogs that I read daily and learn from.
These are the blogs that I interact with the most, but it’s not all-inclusive:
- Do You Even Blog
- Feminist Financier
- Financial Samurai
- Frugal Asian Finance
- The Frugal Gene
- Her Money Moves
- The Luxe Strategist
- Military Dollar
- Millenial Money Diaries
- Money We Have
- Mr. Tako Escapes
- Retire by 40
- Tub of Cash
Clearly, I interact the most with Asian personal finance bloggers. Maybe Ms. FAF’s lists (one, two, and three) of Asian personal finance bloggers inspired me to connect with them. I never had any Asian friends until I started working with several colleagues at my current job. I was once referred to as a coconut. Dark on the outside (not really) and white on the inside. That may be so, but I love all people.
5. Be Efficient
Stop Watching TV
My definition of efficiency is not wasting time. Unfortunately, I’ve wasted a significant portion of my life watching TV. Do you have the will to succeed? Try to live without TV. This will really test your resolve. Who doesn’t love Home Garden TV and the Food Network? Did I mention I’m a huge zombie fan and had to quit The Walking Dead cold-turkey?
Not being able to watch my favorite sporting events has been the toughest part about eliminating TV from my life. I’m a huge sports-fan. If I didn’t have a job and family, I would have lived on my couch. I would have flipped through channels, going from college football to pro football to MMA to basketball (no hockey … who watches hockey?) to skiing to ice skating to curling (yes … curling) to MMA to baseball to golf and tennis… Thankfully, my Cubbies won a World Series during my lifetime so I’ve been able to close
that chapter, volume, volumes 1, 2, and 3 and can focus on other areas in my life.
Since I no longer watch cable TV (or any TV for that matter) I’ve freed up about 8 hours per day … just kidding … 6 hours per day and can now devote more time to sleeping, exercising, reading, and blogging. In case you’re wondering how I survived my TV addiction, the list below summarizes my step-by-step process of healing (kind of):
- Watched all my favorite teams on cable TV even at o-dark-thirty in the morning when I was stationed overseas.
- Got rid of cable TV. Went to friends’ homes to watch cable TV.
- Friends stopped inviting me over. Went to food courts when they televised ANY sporting event. Watched my favorite teams on live feeds online.
- Wife took away my food court privileges. Watched live feeds and Youtube video clips.
- Children came into my life. Checked all sports pages for news, results, and stats … daily.
You get the point. Start by eliminating things one by one. It really helps to have support from others (like your spouse).
Start Listening to Audiobooks and Podcasts
I’ve given up listening to the radio and music. How else can you listen to thousands of hours of audiobooks and podcasts? I’ve decided that my time is better spent learning during my commute to and from work as well as during my workouts. I don’t even miss music too much because I enjoy listening to my audiobooks and podcasts so much. Who knew that learning could be so entertaining?
6. Be Effective
It doesn’t matter how hard, how fast, or how long I run … if it’s in the wrong direction. I can do everything else right but not being effective will result in failure. It’s extremely important to interact with others. The level of engagement I receive from my blog posts and social media activity provides pretty good feedback. I plan on asking my subscribers questions in my weekly newsletters and running more polls on social media.
If you want to be successful in life, you have to pursue your dreams. You’ll most certainly learn and grow as a person even if you fail to achieve your dreams. Make the decision to take action. Set goals, measure progress, and make adjustments as necessary. Continue to learn and improve. Network. People do not become successful without the help of others. Eliminate activities that waste your most precious resource … time. Be effective by focusing on what works.
I’ve eliminated TV and video games from my life. People don’t talk enough about how much watching TV and playing video games (Candy Crush counts) wastes our time. I do not deny that they’re fun to do. I’d love to watch TV and play video games. But I refuse to do so because I know my time is limited. I’m in round 2 of 2 and will only spend quality time with family and friends if I’m not working or self-improving.
Gary Vaynerchuk has said that if you’re not driven to pursue what you want in life, go visit senior homes and spend some time with people who are in the twilight of their lives. We have time. They’ve run out and are haunted by regret for not going for it.
Do you have the will to succeed? What would you sacrifice to become successful? Please share with others and comment below. I’d love to hear your thoughts.