Do You Believe These Common Misconceptions of Success?
You already have many beliefs and notions about success. Many of them are wrong.
Inaccurate beliefs can lead to taking inappropriate actions or prevent you from taking any action at all!
It’s not the things you don’t know that hurt you. It’s the things you
believe are true that aren’t! If your ideas about success are faulty, success is much
There are many common misconceptions regarding success:
1. Successful people have a certain type of personality. Bill Gates is considered
introverted, but not shy. Of course, there many successful extroverts as well. Whatever personality type
you have, you can rest assured that it’s more than enough to reach a high level
2. Money changes a person. Money has never changed anyone. Money only
provides the opportunity to act on your impulses. With money, all the things
you daydream about buying and doing are finally possible. Money only shines a
light on the truth.
3. One must be intelligent to be successful. Actually, the opposite may be true.
While there are many examples of brilliant people attaining high levels of
success, there are even more examples of those with ordinary intellect being
just as successful.
Consistency and determination are far more important than intelligence
when it comes to success.
4. It’s necessary to have an original idea. You don’t have to invent the next
Facebook or Microsoft to achieve success. It’s possible to be successful by
marginally improving upon the work and ideas of others.
Just outworking the competition is often enough to guarantee success.
5. It takes a lot of time to become and stay successful. We all have the same 24
hours each day. The question is, “Are you spending your 24 hours as effectively
as possible?” Focusing on the most relevant tasks each day will decrease the amount of time you must work.
Most people avoid the most pertinent tasks, because they aren’t enjoyable.
6. Success is lonely. Do you imagine yourself sitting home alone because of
becoming successful? Nothing could be further from the truth. It’s true there are
fewer successful people than unsuccessful. However, you’ll have far more
business and social opportunities because of your success.
7. Luck is an important component of success. It’s true that many successful
people have also been extremely lucky at times. However, the only way to be
lucky is to give yourself numerous opportunities to be lucky. The more work
you do, the better your odds of being lucky occasionally.
Luck is nice, but you can create your own luck.
8. The most successful people had an easy time. You’d be shocked by the
adversity faced by many of the most successful people to walk the Earth. Many
successful people started in the most disadvantageous situations and faced
incredible obstacles. The difference is that most of us would’ve quit 100 times. The successful person kept moving forward.
9. It’s important to have a lot of willpower to achieve success. Willpower is in
short supply unless your life is at stake. Willpower is useful during the early
stages of developing new habits. After a habit is formed, willpower isn’t
necessary. How much willpower do you need to brush your teeth each day?
How many of these misconceptions about success did you believe?
Have you changed your mind?
Having an accurate representation of success dramatically increases your odds.
Embrace the truth and you can expect to achieve a new level of success in any
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