What separates the highly successful 10% in your field from the 90% of others?
Are they just lucky, or do they understand and employ some fundamental principles of success? If you agree with the latter, then you are right. Highly successful people not only share similar traits and habits, but also employ certain strategies to get to where they are.
Here are 5 strategies you can employ to join the top 10% in your field.
1. Build your desire for success.
“The starting point of all achievement is desire” — Napoleon Hills
The first step is to have a burning desire for success.
It’s simple: you CAN’T take advantage of opportunities you don’t have the desire for.
You have to be convinced you are aiming for the top, otherwise anywhere will do.
Strong desires fuel great achievements. To succeed and join the top 10% in your field, you need a strong desire, and you need to continually fuel it. This desire for excellence will keep pushing you forward even after heartbreaking failures.
It’s the desire for excellence that has kept the most successful people in any field going, breaking new grounds and setting new standards.
Just as Jim Rohn said: if you want to do something, you will find a way. If you don’t, you will find an excuse.”
Start by exploring success stories, accomplishments, and biographies of super achievers in your field. Attend inspiring events that would keep you success-conscious.
2. Believe in yourself.
“If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride — and never quit, you’ll be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards.” — Bear Bryant
To join the top 10% in your field, you need to believe you can do it. Don’t focus on your doubts, focus on why you can do it instead and what you stand to gain.
When you believe in yourself, you give yourself a chance to grow. You allow yourself to stretch beyond your limits, you will learn and grow beyond where you ordinarily would have been if you just sat back. You will gain knowledge and acquire experience that will make you a better person. Remember, all growth takes place outside our comfort zone.
Whatever you want to achieve, there will be countless barriers questioning your competence. The only way to get through them is by being confident enough that you can and will.
People like Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Elon Musk, and Mark Cuban are just a few highly successful individuals who have encountered a public failure on a large scale. They kept on going until they achieved what they were trying to do.
Everyone who became a success believed in themselves even when others thought they couldn’t. What that means is that anyone can do it and that you are no exception.
3. Invest in your education.
“If a man empties his purse into his head, no one can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” — Benjamin Franklin
When you observe some of the world’s most successful people like Dwayne Johnson, Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, and J.K. Rowling to name just a few. What is the common thread between these three (aside from their astounding success!)?
They are all highly skilled/knowledgeable in their field.
While you can always get more training and certificates for better job opportunities and pay if your job demands it, most of the world’s highest achievers are avid readers.
Warren Buffet reportedly spends 80% of his time reading.
“Read 500 pages…every day. That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.” — Warren Buffet
Tech entrepreneur Elon Musk reportedly learned how to build rockets by reading books.
Bill Gates also reads about 50 books a year. Similarly, Mark Zuckerberg invited the whole world to join him on his quest to read a book every two weeks in 2015.
In addition to books, you can attend relevant events or take relevant training to help you stay up to date with the best practices in your field.
4. Position yourself in the right environment.
“You just get the vibes of your surroundings, and it rubs off on you.” — Gordon Light foot
Why is Silicon Valley the destination of choice for establishing technology businesses, with many successful tech brands like Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Uber, Tesla, Yahoo, HP, Intel, Adobe, eBay, PayPal?
Why do most Hollywood stars live in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Malibu, and Orange County?
Furthermore, most marathon winners seem to come from Eastern African countries like Kenya and Ethiopia?
The point is: your environment can affect you in so many ways. It can make or mar you.
Depending on what you do, try to position yourself in environments that will inspire and push you towards success. This will save you a ton of wasted time and energy. Try not to be an eagle among chickens.
5. Be consistent and persistent.
“History has demonstrated that the most notable winners usually encountered heartbreaking obstacles before they triumphed. They won because they refused to be discouraged by their defeats.– B. C Forbes.
You’ve got to master the art of persistence to achieve fame-level success like the top 1% in your field.