Wealthy Affiliate and The Black Friday Offer

Wealthy Affiliate and The Black Friday Offer

There have been many changes at Wealthy Affiliate just lately. The entire look has changed, giving it a fresher more streamlined look.

What is Wealthy Affiliate and The Black Friday Offer all about?

We knew it was coming, Kyle (one of the owners) blogged about it, saying they were excited about the imminent changes about to happen. Then all of a sudden the changes appeared.

We also knew the Black Friday Offer would be good. Lets check it all out!

How it happened!

I logged off in the late afternoon, then returned early evening and blinked hard. I thought my computer was playing up. But NO, it was the new look platform. Amazing how that can happen! Well it was to me because I am not ‘techie’ at all. Yes there were a few blips and bugs, would have been very surprising if the hadn’t with a platform that size. Have to say that considering the sweeping changes and the platform’s size I am amazed everything was sorted out so quickly.

Kyle followed up with a blog explaining the changes, talking people through it all. An in depth look at what is available on the platform.  SEE HERE!

Reactions

Considering I can be a bit of a dinosaur at times, not liking changes, I surprised myself by actually liking the new look. A quick run through of the buttons and I knew where most stuff was and just got on with my work. Then I realised that there were some who were upset by the changes and others who were totally confused.

Some had to log back in again a few times but everything was solved really fast. Which I must say, is something we have all come to expect of Wealthy Affiliate. The site support is excellent and problems usually get solved very quickly.

Wealthy Affiliate and The Black Friday Offer!

Black Friday Deals!

What Black Friday deals have we got?

These deals run through from Black Friday 27th November 2020 to Cyber Monday 30th November 2020.

Premium Yearly Offer ($395 per year). This is $100 off the regular yearly price.

Premium Plus+ Yearly Offer ($795 per year). This is $200 off the regular yearly price.

It makes complete economic sense to pay yearly as you save a lot and of course you save even more by going for the Black Friday offer.

WHY?

Quite simply because once you pay that price you are then grandfathered into the price for as long as you remain at Wealthy Affiliate. So every single year, you continue to save. If the price goes up at any point, yours doesn’t.

Premium Membership

When I joined it was the only paid membership.  The following list is a synopsis of what you get with this membership.

For now, this is mine and I am perfectly happy with this at this time.

The Premium offer includes the following:

  • $100 off the regular price
  • One Free .com Domain
  • $50 in Community Credits
  • 52+ Expert Classes
  • All future Premium updates
  • Research Tools
  • Support
  • Websites/Hosting
  • Content Tools
  • ALL Premium updates in the year ahead 

New Premium Plus+ Membership

This offer includes everything that comes with the Premium membership with many additions.

It is good to have a new more advanced tier. There are many members who have been with Wealthy Affiliate for years and are highly successful. For all of them this must be very welcome.

The Premium Plus+ offer includes:

  • $200 off the regular price
  • Two free Domains of your choice
  • $100 in community credits which are invaluable
  • Jaaxy Enterprise ($1,188 per year value)
  • Hosting for 50 Websites ($500/mth value)
  • 200+ Additional “Premium Plus+ Only” Expert Classes (Priceless)

A Teaser, not everything is listed on this graphic I created because the lists were so long and you can go and see the full clear graphic for yourself if you choose to.

 

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There are so many benefits it is amazing and unbelievable.

Why Join?

If you are serious about starting an online business, you should join.

I already had a small craft business and thought I would know quite a bit of it, although I was aware that there are large gaps in my knowledge. To start with, I had never built a WordPress website. Yes, I had admired them from afar but thought they were far too complicated for me to build.

I was wrong! I built one by following the training, while on the free starter membership. I was so impressed with myself and impressed with the training that made it so easy.

How soon will I earn Money?

It will take months at the very least, more likely many months or more than a year. There are some that took 18 months to 2 years.

There is a lot to learn and a great deal of work to do if you want to create a lasting business. Build firm foundations and it will last. Following the training and implementing it step by step, takes time.

It also depends upon how much time you can spare. If you can do this full time from the start then you will start earning sooner than others who will work at it alongside a job or other commitments.

There is also the fact that we all learn at different speeds

I have often noticed that those who put very high earning goals are often those who are prepared to put in the least amount of time.

This is NOT a Get Rich Quick scheme. You will NOT get started and immediately begin earning money.

Avoid Scams

The best way to avoid getting caught by scammers is by joining a reputable company. One that offers you everything you need and more to create a successful business.

Scams say things like:

Simple to set up and start earning in 12/24/48 hours

3 Clicks to set it up and you can be earning money

So Easy a Newbie can do it.

Everything you need for 1 low price! Then you buy and every new screen is an upsell much more expensive than the last. Youi read and discover that to make the amazing money you need to buy those products too.

1st class support. Hmmm…. funny that one. Because you can’t usually get hold of them for days or weeks, if at all.

30/60 day Money Back Guarantee! No questions asked. You have to get hold of them first, within the stated time, to get your money back.

A Legit Company

The owners are accessible and are often about the platform, answering questions and commenting on blogs etc.Black Friday Offer Wealthy Affiliate and The Black Friday Offer

You have a website problem, site support fixes it rapidly. What does that mean? My experience is maximum 30 minutes, mostly quicker.

You have a problem not website related? Ask the community. Obviously not personal problems, although it has happened. You get answers from several people at least. I think this is important because we all digest information differently and one of those answers will be related in a way that resonates with you.

You don’t constantly get upsells pushed at you. You pay for Premium or Premium Plus and everything at your level is what you get. No, just add this or upgrade to that for something you were told you got.

Why no technical stuff?

Because over this long weekend there will be endless blogs that do all the technical bits. For me, I wanted to know what I was getting without having to read endless, dry as dust explanations.

So I figure that there must be many others the same.

Besides, if you are new to this it probably won’t mean anything to you anyway.

What do I offer if you sign up through Me?

Help and assistance. The original person I joined with offered me a free SEO course that I wasn’t ready for, as a bonus. Once I got started I was too busy learning the basics to even look at it and never got round to it. Beyond the initial greeting messages I didn’t hear from him again.

I offer practical assistance, things that can save you time. Like the best website theme, the best plug ins to use and anything else you might want to know. I am there on the platform and accessible via Private message. When you feel ready I can offer some courses, free of charge of course, that you feel will help you move forwards.

READ HERE for what is on offer. The page shows some ebooks available but I have a lot more on many subjects related to business and working online. I feel it is better for you to decide what you would find most helpful rather than hand out random books or courses on subjects that don’t interest you.

Do It Now!

Take that leap of faith to create the future you really want for yourself and your loved ones. With the Pandemic constantly ebbing and flowing and so many having to work from home if they can, it’s never been a better time to take that leap.

Big companies have closed in the real world and many have moved online finding it unsustainable to continue in shops and offices.

People have been in lockdown, as we all know and have experienced. What do we all do at such a time? We go online, to connect, to learn, buy books and courses and to buy gifts and food.

This is a growing workplace and market place for the savvy entrepreneur wanting to achieve their dreams and make a better life for when we get back to some sort of normality.

Use the time shut away to make a start on that business, better to be creating that better future than staring at a TV screen endlessly.

This is YOUR Chance!

Your chance to get a membership to an excellent platform at a brilliant price that will be grandfathered in so you keep getting that price every single year.

By taking out a Years membership you are showing how serious you are about building a business. Treat yourself as a Christmas gift to you. Don’t buy that new Game Console or new supersized smart TV.

Spend that money on YOUR FUTURE instead. Trust me you won’t have the time or inclination to sit playing games or watching endless TV once you start building websites and a business. You will be focused on your goals and being your own boss!

Take the LEAP into Your Future NOW! CLICK HERE!

 

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What is a Business Why

What is a business WHY

If you are only thinking of starting a business then you may not have heard of this. If you have started already you have probably heard of it but may not really know what its about. We tend to have reasons why we do most things in life but when you are starting a business or working for yourself, technically the same I suppose, then you NEED a very good WHY!

So what is a Business Why?

From Entrepreneur.com in 2015

  • “He who has a why can endure any how.” — Frederick Nietzsche
  • There are many reasons why people become entrepreneurs: personal satisfaction, creative independence or financial autonomy — the list goes on. Yet all of these have one thing in common. At the core, they all are about freedom.
  • What is it that drives you? The reason probably isn’t money — at least it shouldn’t be. There’s a reason that career counselors across the country ask the same time-old question: “If money were no object, what would you do?”

Why You Need A Strong Reason WHY

As you can see above, it should not be about money. Yes an ultimate aim is to earn more for the freedom that it brings but the core reason has to be something important to you.

If you have a winning mindset then you will always be looking to set new goals for yourself to improve your life. You know that setting challenging goals will move you out of your comfort zone and help you to grow as a person. Achieving the goals that you set will reaffirm the belief in your subconscious mind that you can do anything.

More about mindset HERE!

The problem is that when you set challenging goals for yourself they will not be easy to achieve. They wouldn’t be challenging if you could achieve them without breaking a sweat, would they? This means that you are in for some tough times ahead in the pursuit of your goals.

So you can see why you need a very good strong reason to start a business. A WHY that will keep you going through thick and thin, the lows of exhaustion as well as the highs when it goes well.A Strong Why. What is a Business Why

You need a strong WHY

Before you start working on your challenging goals you need a strong WHY. This is the real reason (or reasons) why you are pursuing the goal in the first place. Nobody wants to lose weight because they want to fit into their old clothes, They want to lose weight because they will look so much better and attract a lot of attention.

So when you are writing your WHY statement and YES you do really need to write it down, it is essential that you are completely honest with yourself.

The best way to find out the real reason why you want to achieve a goal is to ask yourself why you really want to achieve it.
Your subconscious will not lie to you. It will tell you that you want to earn an additional $50,000 over the next year because you want to impress your partner, your family or your friends for example. The money itself is not that important. It is the power that the money will give you that is the driving force. You need to write this in your WHY statement.

Not Just for Power!

Does that make your heart leap? The thought of the power? It is a nice idea, something many do want but is it the real reason? There needs to be a deeper and better why.

I told myself at first that it was for my family. That it was for more money. To even impress others perhaps by haveing the oney to help them or donice things, take them on holiday etc.

I kept digging down and asking myself Why and every new reason wasn’t it.

The WHY is not to impress!

When you are writing your WHY statement ask yourself how you will feel when you have achieved your goal. Visualise that you already have the extra money or that you have already lost the weight. How do you feel about this? Make these feelings strong by imagining yourself walking into a room with your pockets stuffed with money.
What will be the reaction of your family and friends or whoever it is that you want to impress? Write down all of the emotions that you experience in your WHY statement. This is very important and will go a long way to help you to achieve your goal.

Note the “help you achieve your goal”.

Just to impress someone is not an ultimate goal.

What should it be?

Something deep down you really believe in. Something beyond money, beyond impressing people, both of those will come and go.

You need a reason that will have you leaping out of bed in the morning, however tired you are and however little sleep you have had. The right reason will pull you onwards, will keep you going when others say “Give up”. Will keep you at your desk when those same others try to lure you away.

You will have a dream, that will include freedom, more money, maybe a bit of impressing others but what else?

Mine?

I realised that yes, I wanted to help others to reach their dream of a better life, to have the freedom that more cash can bring but deep down it was the challenge more than anything else. I love to learn, I think it’s a very important part of life to keep pushing yourself, to expand your knowledge.What is your way

So my WHY I do this, is the CHALLENGE! I am not comparing myself to others. Not competing with others, I am challenging myself to be better every day, to learn more to make my business a success. To reach my goals and then make new ones.

I Love a CHALLENGE!

What is your WHY?

Now we have asked the question ‘what is a business WHY’ you can look for yours. This of course, is my opinion on what it is and others may disagree. Whatever anyone thinks, it is something we are hearing about more and more. That you need to have a WHY statement, to dig down deep to find your ultimate Why and then write it down.

Have I written it down? NO! I don’t feel the need as it is there in front of me every day as I challenge myself on a daily basis. To learn more every day to take my business up a level.

There is so much to learn and the daily challenge is to keep focused on what I need to learn and not go off at a tangent and learn stuff I don’t need right now.

So what is YOUR Why? Is it strong, will it stand the test of time and get you through the foundation stage, the hardest stage, of building a business?

Refer to your WHY statement regularly

Some need to read or think about their ‘WHY’ when they get out of bed in the morning. Not everyone feels the need to do it every day. If it is very strong then it will inspire you for the day or days ahead. It is essential that you start each day off in the right frame of mind and a strong WHY statement will certainly do this for you. Getting into the right mindset is very important.
It is important that your statement inspires you and evokes strong emotion so that you will be eager to get started.
As you pursue your challenging goals,  there will be obstacles at times, that you have to overcome to keep moving forwards. Some of these obstacles are likely to be major ones that you have never encountered before.

If these things overwhelm you it will be easy for you to lose your motivation.

That’s when you get out your WHY statement and inspire yourself to carry on.

Where  l learnt this and more!

There are early posts on this site about how I started in business. How a craft business created a burning desire to move up a notch. How I built my first WordPress website and then joined Wealthy Affiliate because I was so impressed with what they had to offer, especially the vast amount of training. I was also impressed with the diverse community, knowledge and age wise, who are always ready to help and answer questions to help others onwards and upwards.

I always advise people to join for free, no credit or debit card required. To have a look around, to use the training to build your first website, interact with the community, read blogs, ask questions and get an idea of whether its what you want.Free starter Membership to Wealthy Affiliate.

If like me you wanted to look further without committing too much just in case, then you can join Premium for a month at half price, if you upgrade within 7 days. I did it because I wanted to see how good the further training was inside. It took me a whole 2 days to decide this was for me and I was going to upgrade to yearly payments because it was so much more cost effective.

It is hard work and can take a long time to start seeing a return, it all depends upon how much time you can commit. Plus we are all different and learn at different speeds. No one pushes you to go faster or work harder, that is up to you. This is a long term plan a marathon to reach your goals rather than a sprint.

This is a platform that is changing and growing to keep ahead of new innovations in the online world. If YOU want to be at the forefront of the online revolution, JOIN NOW!


 

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What is the Key to Success

What is the Key to Success

There are many opinions and guesses and much advice about the KEY to success. Those with established businesses, entrepreneurs, budding entrepreneurs and people from all walks of life ask the same question! What is the key to success?

Any ideas?

So…. I googled it. I found what I expected, a variety of lists. You might think that there would be one definitive list wouldn’t you? Sadly no because we are all different and have different ideas, opinions, goals and even differing views on what success means.

So each person knows, just as I feel that I know. Actually,  I know there are a variety of keys but I also know that there is one thing without which the other keys won’t work.  One thing that you need above all others to reach the pinnacle of success.

Let’s look at the variety of keys required first.

KnowledgeKnowledge   What is the Key to Success

Avoid the Get Rich Quick schemes, you will waste time and money on something that may briefly make money but so often you have to spend more and more to get anywhere. Understand that you cannot reach success by throwing money at something. You need to learn about business, how to go about it and what you have to do to build a successful business.

If you are wanting an online business, then you need to know how to do that. How to set up a website, all about SEO, social media, blogging and then the area you want to go into, selling goods, dropshipping, affiliate marketing etc.

I recommend an excellent platform, Wealthy Affiliate, that teaches all you need to know for any area of online working, supplies websites, security, support and an amazing community.

Determination

Without determination, there is no push to keep going. You need to have that resolve to keep going no matter what. If you give up too soon you will never know how close you were to the success you crave.

Determination will keep you going when you are tired and want to stop. It will keep you going when you think that you will never be able to learn all you need to know. It will drive you on when you are convinced that integrating so much knowledge is an impossible task and then keep you moving forwards as you pass that stage and build on what you have learnt.

You have decided you are going to do this and resolved to persevere and keep going regardless of how long it takes to reach success.

Hard workHard work

This should really go without having to be said but in this day and age of instant gratification, I feel it needs to be stated loud and clear!

HARD WORK! It takes hard work to build the foundations of a successful business and hard work to keep it going and being successful.

You will need to put in the work and the time if you want your business to be successful. To keep working towards your goal even when you feel like giving up. At any point you just don’t know how close you might be to success.

You will reach a point of overload, most people do, but if you can work through that it will suddenly become much easier.

So many give up too easily.

Discipline

Discipline is an obvious one. You have to be disciplined to organise your workload. Perhaps you are working at a job while you build your business, so you need to organise your time and make sure you carry through with the work needed for your fledgling business.

You need discipline to continue, even if you are tired.

Maybe your friends or family want you to go somewhere or do something, the easy option is to just forget the work waiting. But if you are disciplined you will continue to work, even if only a little, knowing that further down the line you will have more time for all those things.

BeliefBelief

Without this, you might as well not start really. If you don’t believe you can do it, then you won’t. Self-belief is a very big part of success. If you don’t believe in yourself then why would anyone else?

It is easy to say you believe you can do it but saying that and having the complete knowing that you can and will do this, are two entirely different things.

It is human to doubt occasionally at low moments but the majority of your focus should be on success.

The belief should be strong enough to ensure you can ignore all those that try to deter you under the guise of  ‘good advice’.

So What is the Key to Success?

Passion!

To me, this is the main key to success.

If you don’t have a passion for what you are doing then it comes through in your writing.  You will struggle to find new ideas to write about after a time. The enthusiasm won’t be there in the same way as if you were truly passionate about your niche.

You will probably start off well but then it will become more of a chore.Passion  What is the Key to Success

Often we start out looking at it from the money angle. You know what I mean. You research what is popular and will make you the most money. Let’s be fair. There is nothing wrong with that, we all have to make a living. It’s possible to have sites you aren’t passionate about, that make money. But the chances are that your interest will dwindle despite the earning potential.

Passion will bring a flood of ideas, will make the writing flow, inspire you and pull you back constantly despite any other work you need to do. The right products will come along to either sell or be affiliated with when you are ready.

But most of all, it will be exciting and fun. Fun is not just for kids, it’s for everybody.

When you have passion for what you do, whether it’s a job, working for someone else, or your own business it is fun too.

What about YOU?

Is your life fun? Do you enjoy your work? Is there something you are passionate about that you would like to turn into a business?

Do you dream of working for yourself? Do you have a passion you want to turn into a business?

If you do, now is the best time. With the Pandemic and so many countries going into a fresh lockdown, more people than ever are turning to the internet for jobs and their own business.

What  is the key of success  to you? Do you agree or think something else is the key?  Let me know in the comments.Free starter Membership to Wealthy Affiliate.

Would you like to know how I learnt to build websites, create content, understand SEO, all about running an online business and so much more?

Come and have a look. I recommend Wealthy Affiliate. It is an amazing platform that is growing and constantly improving. Try out the training and build a website for yourself, interact with the community and see what you think. Try it for free. You won’t be asked to add a credit of debit card, you can just join up and look around.


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Motivating Tips For Working From Home

Motivating Tips For Working From Home

This is for those who work from home, either as a job or as their own boss running their own business. It is also for those thinking about working from home. Sometimes we just need some motivating tips for working from home, especially if you are new to it or not been doing it long.

Although in the last several month’s many people have had to get used to working from home during the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns. The thing is, even if you have been doing it a while, it can still be a struggle to retain your focus for hours at a time.

Here are some Motivating Tips for Working From Home

Dressing for Work

If you have a problem getting into work mode, consider what you are wearing. YourPJ’s? Comfies that have seen better days? Neither of those are telling you to get into work mode.

We are all different and some can wake up, grab a cuppa and the laptop and start work. Yep, that’s me! But and this is a big BUT, I have been working from home for 10 years. After long enough you can think yourself into work mode but when you start out it’s not that easy.

You can have a coffee break whenever you like. Dress for workThen you think about the biscuit tin just sitting there calling your name, after all it’s a great idea to dunk some biscuits in your coffee. Sound familiar?

The postman appears, a family member turns up for a chat, knowing you are at home. Then suddenly, half the day is gone and you haven’t got anything done.

Dress the Part

There are a number of articles that find dressing for the office while working from home has a positive effect on mental state, creativity and focus.

A big part of dressing for work at home is that it allows you to create a distinction between relaxing at home and being in work mode. When you finish work, if you used to change out of your work clothes when you got home, then do the same now when working from home. It’s about having the right mindset.

Communicating your Intentions

Once you decide to work from home, if you intend to do regular hours then you need to make it clear to other members of the household. Have a conversation about boundaries and availability. That your worktime is between certain hours and you expect them to respect that. After all no one would be expecting to turn up at your office for coffee and a chat would they.

As time goes on and you become used to being disciplined about working hours you can swap them around.

I work on into the evening having taken time out to spend with the family during the day or doing shopping etc. I start early morning too, anytime from 5.00-6.00 a.m whenever I wake and do a few hours then.

Building a business

Building a business takes time and a lot of hard work. You may find at the start that you are doing longer hours than you expected. If you are really enjoying it, then it won’t be a chore, you will probably have a hard time dragging yourself away.

I must admit, I love my work and would happily be at my desk from early until late and sometimes get the chance to do just that. I never tire of it and that is how it should be.

If you are finding it a real chore and there is no excitement, then maybe your business niche isn’t right for you. Sometimes though, people just miss the interaction with other people and find they get lonely. If you live alone, it could be that your social life was connected to work, especially if you have moved away from where you grew up.

A home workspace

Having a designated work area can help in getting you into the right mindset for working. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy but working in an area where there are constant distractions isn’t the best place to be.

I started off in the spare room which was good but it wasn’t considered to be MY office as it contained a bed and wardrobe besides my desk and shelves.Create your own workspacePlus, as a spare room, it often became a dumping ground for miscellaneous objects that didn’t immediately have a home. Other family members would feel it was okay to go in there and move my things around or look for things, not that it happened often but that wasn’t the point. The thing is that you are still far too easily accessible to anyone and everyone.

If you can have a room that is just yours, it makes it easier. I now have an office in the garden. As I walk down the garden it puts me into working mode. No one goes in without permission, they have no need, it only holds my work things.

Finding a Balance

If you work for someone else this should be easier to do, finding that life and work balance. With a job you have set hours or set work that needs to be done. When you work for yourself and are building a business those lines become blurred. If you have a family spending every spare minute on your business won’t go down well.

Not only that you do need some time out to relax and connect with other people. Too many hours working nonstop can find you making mistakes, big or small or just losing focus. Perhaps even concentrating on something that is minor rather than the important things that will move you forwards quicker.

So then you are not only upsetting loved ones but also not moving your business in the right direction.

Get everyone on board

Now that sounds simple, doesn’t it? That’s because it is. You sit your family down and tell them what you are doing. Let them know that at first, it will be time consuming and a lot of work to build up. Point out that you are doing it for the future of all and that it will get better and easier after many months or even a year or so.

Does that seem a long time? Trust me, it’s not. When you are busy and focused it flies by.

Today’s World

With the Pandemic still going strong, ebbing and then flowing back with more infections occurring, normality is slow to return.

If you are able to work from home at least you are still employed. For those that were proactive during the first lockdown and started a business while you were furloughed, well done. I suspect your business will be coming along nicely. Todays world. Motivating tips for working from homeDepending upon the are you went into you may not be earning yet but are definitely building solid foundations, especially if that’s affiliate marketing.

Or perhaps you looked and found work you could do online, writing for others, website building, creating graphics etc. If you are sensible, you will keep that going, even if you have gone back to work. At best it is extra money, at worst, it will supply something to live on.

With an uncertain future at this time, many people losing their jobs, with restrictions constantly in place and the threat of new lockdowns more and more people are looking at ways to work from home.

It’s an Ideal Solution

I love working from home. It can be tough at first, follow the tips above to ensure you get the work done rather than thinking, maybe later.

If you are just starting to look online for work or to start a small business, there is no better time.

Is there too much competition?

From Statista.com:

  • How many people use the internet?
  • Almost 4.57 billion people were active internet users as of July 2020, encompassing 59 percent of the global population. China, India and the United States rank ahead all other countries in terms of internet users.

That’s a lot of people and it’s still growing which shows that it’s a massive market place. Especially now with so many more buying, even basic provisions, via the internet.

So, what are you waiting for?

Ahhh…. what do I recommend? Wealthy Affiliate! The best place to learn about any type of online business, with excellent training, hosting, security, support and an amazing community. There are a lot of changes going on as the platform grows and improves even more. Read more about it HERE! 

I also recommend you try it for FREE first. Have a look round, have a go at the training and build a website to see what you think before taking the step of investing in your future!


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What does Success mean

What does Success mean

Success, like happiness, is an individual pursuit. What does success mean? For years, we have been taught that success is all about making a lot of money. But now things are changing, some think of success as money but many are moving away from that definition. What definition does a dictionary give?

From Dictionary.com

  • the favorable or prosperous termination of attempts or endeavors; the accomplishment of one’s goals.
  • the attainment of wealth, position, honors, or the like.
  • a performance or achievement that is marked by success, as by the attainment of honors: The play was an instant success.
  • a person or thing that has had success, as measured by attainment of goals, wealth, etc.: She was a great success on the talk show.

As you can see the definitions aren’t just about money.

What we are taughtMoney equals success What does Success mean

We were taught that success equals money and this is what we have inadvertently taught our children and in turn, they too will pass on the same to their children. You might never have heard your parents speak about success but isn’t it true that they often encouraged you to become a Lawyer, Doctor or enter into a similar profession, long before you were old enough to know what you are good at?

Why do you think this is the case? The prominence associated with these jobs may only be part of the reasons we subtly push our children in that direction. But for the most part, it is the money that they find attractive. Even if they or their children are accomplished within their respective areas of expertise but are struggling financially, they find it hard to regard this as a success.

The result of that teaching

The result of this kind of thinking is a society of people who are unhappy, depressed or underachieving because they are stuck in a career they hate or miserable because they can never live up to the unrealistic expectations set for them. Just think about all the wealthy celebrities you know that have committed suicide or are fighting hard to recover from an addiction of some sort, drugs, alcohol, painkillers etc.

While being stable or even well off financially is often the result of much diligence and hard work, it is not the only true measure of success. There is no real satisfaction from being rich if you do not truly enjoy what you do. If you overwork, are stressed and often ill due to a job that brings in a lot of money, that is not a good life.

If you are struggling to make ends meet however, it is only natural to want a better life for yourself and your children.

But when your happiness and even the affection you have for your children is hinged solely on wealth or material possessions, that is not a good place to be in.

What really makes a person successful?

Here is what some of the greatest minds of this century have to say on the matter.

  • “Success is a personal standard, reaching for the highest that is in us, becoming all that we can be.”– Zig Ziglar
  • “However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at.” – Stephen Hawking
  • “The starting point of all achievement is desire.” – Napoleon Hill

As you can see, each one has their own opinions about the boundaries within which we define success. That is because success means totally different things to different people. In fact, even those with great wealth may not see themselves as successful. There is, however, one common theme in these sayings. Success is no accident, it is achieved as a result of working hard at whatever you do.

So how do you achieve success?Hard work = success

It is impossible to become successful by just doing enough to get by. Anyone can be average. If your aim is to be successful, you must have such a burning desire to be first, to do more or even to do better, that it pains you stop working towards these goals. Your aspirations should greet you every morning and have you leaping out of bed to get started on your day.

And no matter what obstacle or obstacles appear, you will always keep telling yourself that you can’t and won’t stop. That giving up is not an option.

You will believe, no matter what, in what you are doing and know without doubt (well maybe a tiny occasional one) that you are going to be successful. You will know that your work/job/business/career will be successful but that success will be defined by YOU. This is the right mindset to have for success.

Motivation

That kind of burning desire is also known as motivation. It is the force that compels us to strive for success, helps us to unlock the full potential of our minds, keeps us continually focused on and committed to attaining our goals. Motivation is thus the universal key to success. It is impossible to have this kind of drive if you do not truly love what you do and if you are not confident enough to think you are able to do it well.

That is why it is so crucial for you to define success on your own terms. This is what I call your WHY! You have to know what your goals are and more importantly the reason you are doing it. When you get tired, when things don’t go well, when you are ready to give it all up, that is when your WHY will keep you going. It will take you that several steps further and past those feelings until you are once more riding the wave of self belief towards success.

Reach for your Dreamsfollow your dreams

No one else will make your dreams happen, they all have their own or are too busy wallowing in self pity at their miserable lives that are going nowhere. There are many that want a better life, that talk about success and how to achieve it but not so many that are prepared to make changes in their lives to achieve it.

If you want to reach for the stars, you and only YOU, can make it happen. If you have negative friends that try to dissuade you, then perhaps you need new friends.

Which achievement do you think is worth pursuing? Which accomplishment do you yearn to share with your children and grandchildren? That is the aspiration that will make you a success and you should never stop trying to make these dreams a reality. Realism is a very important aspect of being motivated to succeed.

Take those first steps. No one ever regretted the things they tried or did. Only the things they didn’t do or attempt.

 


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