What It Takes To Become Successful
Do you have your own online business or want to start one?
I have been online for a while now and I had some important learnings during this time. In this post I want to show you what I found which characteristics are important to become successful (in anything).
Therefore I want to tell you a little story about me. When I was a teenager I was really successful in doing track and field (about age of 16 – 20).
I was Swiss Champion 6 times, twice in high jump, twice in long jump and twice in triple jump.
Here are some newspaper clippings (sorry they are all in German, but you can see the pics of me and my name on it) about me during that time:
What do you think does it take to be successful in sports and win competitions?
It takes hard work, you need to work out several times a week. Sometimes you need to do always the same things… but this improves yourself, so you need consistency. And you need a coach who tells you what you need to improve and how to do it. You need focus as well, concentrate on the few things you really need.
Of course it also takes talent.
And, to win several championchips you also need to have the right mindset and self-confidence. You need to know that you can do it, that you can or even will win it.
And you know what’s the cool thing? I did not really actively realize that I need all these things… it was just there. My coach just told me what to do and I did it (I did not question everything or try to reinvent the wheel), was doing my training and was motivated at this age anyway. Well of course, you get a strong self-confidence after winning some competitions. But I realized what was possible if I just be consistent with my training.
Of course I did not win every competition, so I also learned to lose. And sometimes I was disappointed about it… but did it make me stop doing it? No way! Because I knew next time I can beat them all and become even better 🙂
Watch and listen to this video (at least the first minute), this shows that you can do the impossible!
Did you hear what the commentator said? THEY say lightning doesn’t strike twice!
Do you think Usain Bolt cares about what THEY say? No! Hew knew that he can do it again…He focused on his goal and HE DID IT AGAIN!
So what I just told you above you can use for anything in life. Do you do sports as well, maybe something else and have also won a competition? Or maybe you are playing an instrument very well, even play in a band that is on concerts a lot. Or are you a good dancer, a singer or an artist?
For everything of them you need the same qualities as I mentioned above.
So what does this all have to do with your online business?
Do you see the similarity?
To become successful online you need to focus on a few things (don’t try to do everything at the same time), you need to test and improve your campaigns and funnels. Do not jump from one to the next product (the shiny object syndrome), focus on a few techniques and implement them, then test and tweak them until you master it.
To accelerate your success get yourself a mentor / coach who is already there or on the best way to where you want to go…. and this person can exactly tell you where and what you need to change or improve. You don’t need to make all the same mistakes your coach did before. Take the shortcut and listen to your mentor, ask your questions, and then go ahead and implement what you were told.
Self-confidence and motivation are other things you need. Believe in yourself, in your product or service, or in the products you promote and know that if you use the right sources and techniques, the process always works for you.
Surround yourself with like-minded people. I know you probably don’t have millionaires in your family and circle of friends. Join masterminds, a coaching program and go to live events. There you will find lots of people who think the same way as you do, and nobody will laugh at you when you tell them about your goals.
You will definitely meet people (even in your family or friends) who will tell you that you cannot reach your goals, why this business does not work and so on…. But, I would say over 90% of these people did not even try it, they just heard from someone that it does not work… so why would you listen to them? And even a few people might have tried to build an online business, but they failed… most of them did not try hard enough, they gave up after they lost some money with the first campaign. So were they consistent? Did they really believe in themselves? Not a all! Don’t listen to them!
Am I telling you to not listen to your parents for example? Not listen to your friends? In this case YES. They did not try it on their own, so don’t listen! As I already said, get yourself a coach who is already there (or on the best way) and he or she knows what to do. Your coach will know what you have to do to become successful because he or she already did it. Listen to the right people and don’t get discouraged or distracted by the one you love/like.
And another thing, and I would say it’s the most important one! If your campaign does not work, if you lose money on it, do NEVER GIVE UP! Learn why you lost money and what you did wrong, tweak your campaign and test it again. If you stay consistent and implement your learnings you will make money sooner or later.
Last thing, LOVE YOURSELF! Yes, accept who you are and be happy with yourself, love yourself. How can people love or follow you if you don’t love yourself? Here is a little exercise you can do every day: Stand in front of a mirror, look into your eyes, smile and say: “I love you exactly the way you are, and I love myself exactly the way I am. I am happy to be on this world and I am thankful for what I have (you can even tell yourself some specific things you are thankful for).”
Now I want you to think about an event in your past where you have been successful, have been happy or made you feel awesome.
It could be one of the following:
- you won a competition
- you have played a solo on a concert
- you were singing in front of a big crowd
- you got a job but actually did not expect this
- you are a mother or father of a wonderful kid
- … you get the point, take anything that made you feel happy or successful
When thinking about this event you automatically get the feelings back you had then… can you feel it? Can you feel the self-confidence right now? Use this feeling for your business. Whenever you have hard times and doubt about your business, bring back these feelings. You know that you can do it, and you know that you will always fail sometimes… but fail foward! Learn your lesson, implement what you learned and keep going.
I hope this post does motivate you a little bit and shows you that you have the potential to become successful online. Of course it takes hard work, consistency and you need to leave your comfort zone a lot. But it will definitely be worth it…
Do you want to stay in your 9 – 5 job where your boss tells you what to do and gets most of the money? Or do you want to be your own boss, have freedom (time and financial) and can work whenever and from where ever you want? The decision is always yours!
Are you in the mood to watch a motivational video now?
I bet you are! Watch this video with lots of very famous and successful people speaking…you get some awesome quotes here… write them down and put them somewhere you can always see them! Enjoy!
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Good article Fabian! Thank you for sharing your experience.