The Six Rules For Success – # 2 Skills

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Success With Skills

Rule # 2 is about how you can achieve success with skills.  Skill acquisition is paramount to success because it’s often our skills, or lack thereof, that make the difference between winning and losing.  Skills are not the same as talent.  Too often people make the mistake of thinking that if they weren’t born “gifted” at something, then they can never be great.  That fallacy comes from the emphasis we place on star athletes, musicians or even historical greats such as Einstein and Mozart.  The problem is that we never see all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes.

Talent vs Skill

Just watch the Olympics and you’ll be amazed at the incredible abilities we mere mortals can develop.  Are these Olympians talented?  Absolutely!  But don’t make the mistake of thinking they were born that way.  We only see thirty seconds, or two minutes, or the final event that crowns a person The Best in the World.  We never see the years of pain and struggle.  We don’t see the sacrifice, the long hours of practice or the bumps and bruises that were required to transform these individuals from average into amazing.


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Keep Your Skills Fresh

The same holds true in the business world.  If you want success, you must begin to develop skills that are specific to your aim.  Will it take time?  Will it be hard?  Will you feel like you’re not good?  Yes, Yes, and Yes!  However, not only is it worth it, it’s necessary.  In a world where software and machines are replacing simple tasks previously done by people, its never been more important to keep you skills relevant and constantly be improving.  Challenge yourself to pick up new skills regularly.  Learn to code.  Take a public speaking course.  Hire a coach to keep you growing.  Once you know what your end goal is, the next step is to determine the types of skills you’ll need to be successful.  Pick one or two and hit it hard.  Stay consistent and push through the pain period.  Commit to learning and getting good at something new.

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It takes a lot to be successful. Focus, hard work, determination and key relationships are all common traits.  However, if you don’t have the skill-set required for your goals, then even all your passion and hard will leave you short of success.  It takes a lot more than just wanting it real bad.  Success with skills is one of the key traits that will separate you from the rest.

Set Big Goals

Think Big

I challenge you to not only set clear and specific goals, but also to set big goals. Not simply because the prize is bigger or better, but because of who you will become in the process of reaching your goals.

The person you become as you achieve your goals is more valuable than the goal itself. Also, while big goals can be a little scary at first, they also excite us and keep us motivated.

Grant Cardone’s business book “The 10X Rule” is an excellent read and challenges you to go big on your goals.   His book challenges you to go HUGE on your goals and explains why you need to do so.

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Okay, so you have a big goal that seems scary and impossible.  What next?

Once you decided what it is that you want, plan it out. Divide your goals into small steps, then into even smaller, until you have a list of simple tasks to do each day.   And make them so easy and quick that it will be impossible to say no.  Create habits and routines that will lead you to take daily action towards your goals.

It’s the process that we need to work on daily while keeping our focus on the ultimate aim.  Read more about habits and routine and you’ll see who these all start to synergies to make your success a reality.  We may not notice a difference each day but the cumulative effect over time is extraordinary.

“The bigger and more unrealistic you goals are –  and the more they’re aligned to your purpose and duty – the more they’ll energize and fuel your actions.”   – Grant Cardone

Think Big!

Formula for Success


Is there something all successful people have in common?

I remember listening to a businessman give a speech about his success in business and life.  He boldly stated that he didn’t worry about losing it all because he now had the formula.  He tapped the side of his head and smiled as he said “the recipe is in here”.

That wasn’t the first time I heard such a comment and when you see an individual succeed multiple times in more than one area of their life, you can’t help but wonder if it’s more than just good luck and perfect timing.

The Discovery

It was over 14 years ago when I started my journey to discovering what lies behind the success of those great names we hear about.  Rock-star entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and Steve Jobs; ultra-successful athletes like Michael Jordan and Tom Brady; tycoons like Rockefeller and Bill Gates.

It was the result of over a decade studying and applying personal development that I clearly discovered the formula!  That exciting discovery was like finding a treasure map, except the buried treasure this map leads too is essentially anything goal one wishes to accomplish!

Bold statement?  You bet, but as you begin to study and learn the elements to this formula and philosophy, you too will become a believer.

To get started in applying this success philosophy, learn more through the SHARK Belief Overview.

To your success!