We all dream of becoming successful: Earn a lot of money, travel the world, provide the best home and education for our family, help the poor and underprivileged, eat great food, change the world, or attain whatever “success” means for us. The only problem is simply finding out how we can achieve it.
You’re likely good at your job, you do your duties better than most of your peers, and you probably know more about the specifics better than your own boss. You work hard to earn money, but you still can’t afford everything you dream of. You’re already tried doing more by working harder, but you still get paid the same. What’s missing? Why aren’t you as successful as you’d like?
What else do you need? Napoleon Hill calls it “Going the extra mile” and Bob Proctor says you must “Do more than what you’re being paid for.” This doesn’t just apply to quantity of work, but to quality as well. You can spend more time picking trash, sweeping floors, and typing boring reports, but it won’t magically triple your income unless you do something more valuable. I’m not disparaging or belittling certain professions, but we have to face the fact that some jobs get very little pay.
Newton’s Third Law of Motion says “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” Everything we do has a consequence, everything we KEEP DOING has a consequence, and everything we DO NOT DO also has a consequence.
Think about it. You’re good at your job so when you work at it you get paid. It’s easy to just keep doing what you’re used to, do nothing else or nothing better, and earn the same wage. That is where most people get stuck. It’s also easy to NOT do it and just become unemployed and homeless, but it’s not easy to LIVE that way.
“If you are willing to do only what’s easy, life will be hard. But if you are willing to do what’s hard, life will be easy.” – T. Harv Eker
“Pay me and I’ll do it”
How many of us think to ourselves and to our bosses: “pay me and I’ll do it. Pay me MORE and I’ll do more”?
That’s similar to thinking “Hire me and I’ll look for a job” or “Give me money and I’ll start working to earn it.” Can you imagine a farmer telling the soil “give me a great harvest and THEN I’ll start planting seeds”? Can you imagine that same farmer telling you “Give me your money first and I’ll start planting to sell you the rice and vegetables in six months”? Can you also imagine somebody telling you “Let me earn 500 million in product sales first and THEN I’ll build the business that earned it all”?
That’s the wrong mindset to have if you want to become successful. If you want to earn more, you must first DO MORE. Look for and apply for that great job, plant those seeds and take care of the soil, and start building the business from the ground up first before you start earning what you’re worth. You must first give or create before you can receive.
Think about it. How many of us are waiting for a millionaire to give us money before we start working to earn it? People WILL give us money, but only if we create and sell something that they want or need like great food, amazing products, or our skills and knowledge. We have to stop waiting for the world to give us alms. It won’t. We need to EARN what we want.
We need to learn new skills and start looking for that better job NOW.
We need to start building that business NOW.
We need to start investing in solid companies and assets NOW.
We also need to start reading and learning about all of those things NOW.
If we simply keep waiting for success, the world will only give us failure.
Work precedes success and although you will face setbacks and failures along the way (especially if you’ve just started), you will likely make it if you persevere. Learn to do something different and more valuable, adjust if necessary, and keep doing what works until you finally succeed.