We have a desire to want things done quickly in this day and age. It’s all about instant gratification, from weight loss to internet speed to an answer to your recent email or text. This applies to the workplace, where people want to make money and be competitive as soon as possible.
To be honest, there is no single hidden hack that will make you become successful overnight.
Success begins with you. Everything you do today is influenced by your attitude, motives, and behaviours. As a result, if you follow a certain set of habits in life, you can become successful. This is a great place to start.
- You have to do THE HARD THINGS.
- You have to make the call you’re afraid to make.
- You have to get up earlier than you want to get up.
- You have to give more than you get in return right away.
- You have to care more about others than they care about you.
- You have to fight when you are already injured, bloody, and sore.
- You have to feel unsure and insecure when playing it safe seems smarter.
- You have to lead when no one else is following you yet.
- You have to invest in yourself even though no one else is.
- You have to look like a fool while you’re looking for answers you don’t have.
- You have to grind out the details when its easier to shrug them off.
- You have to deliver results when making excuses is an option.
- You have to search for your own explanations even when you’re told to accept the facts.
- You have to make mistakes and look like an idiot.
- You have to try and fail and try again.
- You have to run faster even though you’re out of breath.
- You have to be kind to people who have been cruel to you.
- You have to meet deadlines that are unreasonable and deliver results that are unparalleled.
- You have to be accountable for your actions even when things go wrong.
- You have to keep moving towards where you want to be no matter what’s in front of you.
- You have to do THE HARD THINGS. The things that no one else is doing. The things that scare you. The things that make you wonder how much longer you can hold on.
These are the characteristics that define you. These are the factors that will decide whether you live a mediocre or exceptional life.
The fundamental truth of how ordinary people achieve extraordinary success is that they do the seemingly impossible things that smarter, wealthier, and better trained people lack the courage or desperation to do.
Carry out the challenging tasks. You might be surprised at how amazing you really are.
The Struggle – How To Become Successful
Every entrepreneur starts her company with a strong vision of success in mind. You will build an incredible environment and attract the best people to join you. You will work together to produce a beautiful product that delights customers and makes the world a happier place. It’s going to be incredible.
Then, after working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to make your vision a reality, you wake up to find that things did not go as planned. Your company did not take off like the Jack Dorsey keynote you heard when you first started. Your product has bugs that are difficult to fix. The rivalry isn’t as intense as it should be. Your employees have lost confidence in you, and some have resigned. Some of those who left were astute, leading the remaining members to question whether staying makes sense. You’re nearing the end of your cash reserves, and your venture capitalist warns you that raising funds would be difficult considering the impending European disaster. In a competitive battle, you are defeated. You’ve lost a long-term customer. You’ve lost a fantastic employee. The walls start to close in on you. When did you make a blunder? Why did the company’s performance fall short of expectations? Do you think you’ll be able to finish this task?
When your dreams turn into nightmares, you find yourself in The Struggle.
About The Struggle
- The Struggle is when you wonder why you started the company in the first place.
- The Struggle is when people ask you why you don’t quit and you don’t know the answer.
- The Struggle is when your employees think you are lying and you think they may be right.
- The Struggle is when food loses its taste.
- The Struggle is when you don’t believe you should be CEO of your company. The Struggle is when you know that you are in over your head and you know that you cannot be replaced. The Struggle is when everybody thinks you are an idiot, but nobody will fire you. The Struggle is where self-doubt becomes self-hatred.
- The Struggle is when you are having a conversation with someone and you can’t hear a word that they are saying because all you can hear is The Struggle.
- The Struggle is when you want the pain to stop. The Struggle is unhappiness.
- The Struggle is when you go on vacation to feel better and you feel worse.
- The Struggle is when you are surrounded by people and you are all alone. The Struggle has no mercy.
- The Struggle is the land of broken promises and crushed dreams. The Struggle is a cold sweat. The Struggle is where your guts boil so much that you feel like you are going to spit blood.
- The Struggle is not failure, but it causes failure. Especially if you are weak. Always if you are weak.
- Most people are not strong enough.
Every great entrepreneur has gone through The Struggle, from Steve Jobs to Mark Zuckerberg, so you are not alone. But that doesn’t mean you’ll be effective. It’s possible you won’t be able to make it. That is why it is known as The Struggle.
Struggle is the source of excellence. The Struggle has no end in sight, but here are some things that have motivated me:
Don’t blame yourself – It’s safe to believe that the things that irritate you will irritate your loved ones even more. That is not the case. The polar opposite is true. Nobody bears the brunt of the losses more than the person who bears the most blame. Nobody does it better than you. You won’t be able to share every burden, but you should share whatever burdens you are able to share. Even if the problems are existential, have as many minds as possible working on them.
When a friend was running Cycl0ne and he was losing too many competitive deals, he called an all-hands meeting and told everyone that they were getting kicked in the shins and that if they didn’t stop the bleeding, they’d die. Nobody has ever blinked. The team collaborated, created a winning product.
It’s 100% chess, not checkers – Technology firms are notoriously difficult to understand. The underlying technology changes, as does the competition, the company, and the people. As a result, there is always a move, just like in Star Trek’s three-dimensional chess. Do you believe you don’t have any moves? How about going public with £1 million in trailing revenues and 230 employees, with a revenue goal of £43 million the following year? That was a choice for a friend. He did it in 2009, which is widely recognised as the worst year for a technology company to go public. He did it with just six weeks’ worth of savings. Something is still going on.
Keep your eyes on the road – When learning how to drive a racecar, it is recommended that you keep your eyes on the road when going around a corner. They warn you that if you focus on the wall, you can drive straight into it. If you focus on how you could fail, you will fail. Concentrate on the target even though you only have one bullet left in the gun and need to get to it. You may not hit it, but you will not hit if you are distracted by anything else.
You could get lucky if you play long enough – in the world of technology, tomorrow looks nothing like today. If you live long enough to see tomorrow, it will provide you with the answer that seems so unlikely right now.
Don’t take it personally – your current condition is most definitely solely your fault. You scouted the candidates. You made the decisions.
However, when you accepted the job, you were conscious that it was dangerous. Everyone makes mistakes. Each CEO makes tens of thousands of mistakes. Evaluating yourself and giving yourself a kick in the teeth won’t help.
Remember that this is what separates the 10% from the 90%. If you want to be amazing, you must take on this challenge. You could never have started a business if you don’t want to be great.