What Does Success Look Like?
The cars, the money, the mansions…are these the first things that come to mind when you think of being successful?
I hope not. Because if that’s the case, you’re in for a wake-up call.
We live in a time when “lifestyle marketing” has more visibility than ever, and it’s attracted a whole new generation to the possibilities of building a successful future as an entrepreneur.
Don’t get me wrong; this is a great thing! It’s inspired a whole industry of entrepreneurs and innovators of all age groups and continues to inspire more people across the world.
But what I can’t help but notice is that across social media and our pop culture in general, we only seem to be attracted to the material by-products of success. (i.e., the cars, the money, the mansions like I mentioned earlier).
This is of course just the tip of the iceberg. It’s easy to get roped into the glamour of seemingly successful lifestyles based on what we see on the surface.
But what does success look like if it’s not the cars, the money, or the mansions?
I’m going to give you three important factors that I have learned truly define success. And these are inspired by the teachings of Napoleon Hill from his book “Think And Grow Rich.”
(Note: if you haven’t yet read that book, I’ll recommend it to you again. The knowledge you can pull from that book is an absolute game changer for your journey to success. Grab that book as soon as you can. Seriously.)
1. Positive Mindset
There’s a reason that this is first on the list of important factors to success.
In my opinion, all of the possessions in the world don’t amount to much if you don’t have a positive mindset.
You know how they say that rich people can be depressed too? Well, it’s true. I’ve met plenty of them.
On the other side of the coin, there are people living in complete poverty that can be some of the happiest people you’ll meet. The point is, happiness and positivity is an inside job. You have to choose it; you don’t acquire it.
But that’s the beauty! You have the power to choose to develop a positive mindset right now, AND it just so happens to be the most important factor to success!
BAM! I just gave you your first step. 😁
A positive mindset is what I like to call a “foundational asset.” Meaning that it’s one of those things that you need to have even if you’ve lost everything else. It is the thing that is going to carry you through all of the ups and downs that you will experience on this rollercoaster journey to success.
And besides, why WOULDN’T you want to build your empire on a foundation of positivity anyways? Those who don’t tend not to last long, these days.
2. Good Relationships
Ever hear the expression “it’s lonely at the top”? Well, I think that expression sucks.
What good is financial success if you don’t make friends along the way? Being able to build harmonious human relationships is definitely another foundational asset.
One thing I love about our generation of entrepreneurs is that we understand the importance of collaboration.
That’s the way the game is played now. You have to build others up in order to build yourself up. We don’t live in quite the same dog-eat-dog world that our parents grew up in.
If you sell on Amazon, you have plenty of opportunities for building good relationships. Like with your customers (first and foremost) also, your manufacturers, your quality control agents, to name a few.
Building good relationships with these people can get you something you can’t buy, which is loyalty. And I’m sure I don’t need to tell you how important loyalty is to the success of your business.
3. Physical Health
This is another thing that all of the possession in the world can’t compare to.
And why is that? Because you can’t buy your health.
Staying active, drinking lots of water, eating clean food. All of these things need to be high on your priority list. I’ve mentioned before that cultivating your body is similar to how you build and maintain your business.
If you want a healthy business that is profitable, continues to grow, and will last longer? Think about it the same way you (should) think about your body.
That being said, you really shouldn’t make decisions that end up sacrificing your well-being. Even if it means increasing your financial success. What good is money if you can’t enjoy it in good health?
I believe that these three things are defining factors to success, far more than the material things.
In fact, you should look at the financial part of success as a RESULT of it, not as a cause of it.
Focus on what’s most important: a positive mindset, building good relationships, and sound physical health. As you do this, the money will come.
And you don’t have to take my word for it. Napoleon Hill is just one of many thought leaders who have shared this message over the past 50 years.
The path that has already been set for you. All you have to do is take that first step.