There are 21 success secrets of self made millionaires. Each of these is indispensable to your becoming financially independent. The failure to apply any one of these principles can, by itself, undermine and even destroy your chances for health, happiness, and great prosperity.
Success 6 Secret : Work Longer and Harder
Practise the “40 Plus” formula. If you work only 40 hours (and the average workweek today is closer to 35 hours), all you ever do is survive. You will never get ahead. You will never be a big financial success.
But every hour over 40 hours is an investment in future. There is no substitute for long days and hard work.
Sucess 8 Secret : Pay yourself first
A part of all you earn is yours to keep, and if you cannot save money, the seeds of greatness are not in you. A major reason that people retire poor is because of impulse buying. They see something they like and they buy it with very little thought. They become victims of what is called “Parkinson’s Law”, which says that “expenses rise to meet income.”
Success 13 Secret : Develop a reputation for speed and dependability
Time is the currency of the 21st century. Your job is to develop a reputation for speed. Develop a “sense of urgency”. Develop a bias for action. Move fast on opportunities. Move fast when people want or need something. Move quickly when you see something that needs to be done. “Whenever you want to get something done, give it to a busy person” People who have a reputation for moving quickly attract more opportunities and possibilities to them. They get more chances to do more and more things faster than other people who just do a job when they around to it.
Success 17 Secret : Get around the right people
Fully 85% of your success and happiness in life is going to be determined by the quality of the relationships that you develop in your personal and business activities. The more people you know and who know you in a positive way, the more successful you will be and the faster you will move ahead. Be a “go-giver” rather than a go-getter. Always look for ways to put in before you start thinking of ways to take out.
You are like a chameleon in that you take on the attitudes, behaviours, values and beliefs of the people with whom you associate most of the time. If you want to be a successful person, associate with positive people. Associate with people who are optimistic and happy and who have goals and who are moving forward in their lives. At the same time, get away from negative, critical, complaining people.
Success 21 Secret : Pass the “Persistence Test”
Persistence is the iron quality of character. The courage to persist, in the face of adversity and disappointment is the one quality that, more than anything, will guarantee your sucess. Your greatest personal asset can be your willingness to perserve longer than anyone else. Circumstances do not make the man. They merely reveal him to himself.
The only factor you can control is how you respond to difficulties and setbacks. And the good news is that every time you respond in a positive and constructive manner, you become stronger a better and even more capable of dealing with the next problem or crisis that comes along. Eventually, you will reach a point in life where you become absolutely unstoppable.
I really like Brian Tracy’s book. He is really wonderful in disclosing all the secrets of millionaires. Most recommended for one to get it and read through.