7 Signs You’re Going To Be Successful

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You’ve put in the effort. And you have yet to see the result. You become fearful and your mind starts to wonder “Am I gonna make it?”. Don’t worry, in today’s video, I’m gonna share with you the 7 major signs you’re going to be successful.

1.) You hate average.

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.”

You don’t want to be average, and you believe that you are made for greatness; to achieve great things. You believe anything less is not an option for you.

This is where the importance of ‘mind over matter’ is emphasized. You want to do great things. You want to serve in a great way. You want to take care of those who are important to you.

This mentality will play essential role to make you a success. It will drive your will to become a master of what you want to achieve in.

Below are some of the qualities you need to focus on in order to beat ‘average’:

  1. Willing to sacrifice short term to achieve long term success
  2. Master self discipline
  3. Self control
  4. Critical thinking
  5. Product development
  6. Public speaking
  7. Networking
  8. Specific skills related to your industry

2.) You practice discipline and self-control.

“Discipline is the bridge between goals and successes.”

I know I’ve listed these earlier but I’d like to talk a little in depth about it.

It’s obvious one of the basics of being an entrepreneur is to master self discipline and self control. Everybody wants to buy things right now, but nobody is willing to take a look at the bigger picture and take actions.

Being your own boss, there is no one to tell you to work. No one is there to appraise your performance. You only answer to yourself. This sounds great, but could potentially become a trap if you do not have the discipline and control over yourself.

Without these qualities, you tend to procrastinate, you become lazy, you take things for granted; and above all, you neglect mountains of responsibilities. Let’s not ignore that while being a boss is great, with it, comes a lot of responsibilities.

Practice self-control and discipline on a regular basis. Become better at it. Remember, sacrifice today so you can live a better life tomorrow!

3.) Failure doesn’t scare you.

“Failure is not the opposite of success. It’s part of success.”

Jack Ma comes into mind whenever I write or talk about failures. The Alibaba founder once said he sent multiple applications to Harvard only to be rejected. He did it purposely because he wanted to learn to overcome fear of failure.

This is one of the best way to practice facing your failure – in my opinion. What better way to learn handling failure other than facing rejection by one of the best institution in the world.

The people who are not scared of failure are the ones who become massively successful. On the other hand, people who take the ‘safe’ route becomes another average individual.

Also, failure is not permanent. It should not scare you out of action. Mark Cuban once said “All it takes is to become right once and you’ve made it.”

4.) You wake up early.

“If you don’t develop the habit of waking up early than others, you won’t be able to change the world.”

Our brain functions the best after waking up. Surveys have indicated our brains work at optimal capacity as soon you open those eyes in the morning.

Since our brains work best during this time, it’s best to get most things done within the hours. Starting your day early increases your productivity level – and every entrepreneur knows the importance of it.

Some even vouch that it’s easier to work during these hours too since it tends to be very quiet enabling them to work without much distractions.

Even if you’re not getting up at 5AM now, at least you have the awareness that getting up early is a powerful tool for your success.

5.) You surround yourself with great people.

“If you hang around nine people who are down, you will be the 10th one, if you hang around nine people who are broke, you will be the 10th one.”

We can’t control our family, where we grow up, or what we’re born into. But we can control who we spend our time with.

Successful people understand the influence of their peers. Who they spend most of their time with can some what determines who they’ll become in the future.

This is because, successful people has an aura that can be intriguing. If you spend more time with them, you tend to behave and become just like them.

You’ll start to have better attitude. You’ll improve your work ethics. You’ll start communicating better. You start reading similar books. You get the idea.

People who are a massive success know that you can only surround yourself with folks who want to be extraordinary. Eventually, you’ll try to ‘out-compete’ among yourselves and we all know how competition is good.

6.) You don’t complain.

“I think some people enjoy complaining as much as they enjoy doing nothing about it.”

Yes, entrepreneurs can be very critical – but some tend to deviate and starts to complain too much. Of course, being honest and truthful have its merits – but you need to be careful as there are setbacks too.

I used to be one, always complaining about life. Both of my parents diagnosed with chronic diseases at the same time – so I had to slow down my pursuit of success. You get the idea.

Long story-short, with time, I adapted. I still complain, but it always ends with searching for opportunities behind that complain.

Instead of just looking at the problem, I look at both the problem and the solution. This attitude completely changed the outlook of my life forever.

So, stop complaining too much. It’s a waste of time. Start looking for opportunities behind it. Execute!

7.) You are patient.

“Be in a rush to be patient. The only thing you should be rushing towards is greater patience.”

Patience is another key to becoming a massive success. Many people give up on their dreams simply because they are not willing to wait for it to happen.

Every successful entrepreneur knows that good things take time. It’s like a marathon, not a sprint. Success is not a get-rich quick scheme. It requires hardwork and countless amount of sacrifices for future gains. So, keep hustling and be patient.

How To Keep Your Website In Tip-Top Condition For Search Engines

Running, keeping and creating content at the same time can be an overwhelming experience – especially if you’re doing it on your own.

Today’s article, I’ve provided a checklist for you in order to keep your website in top condition and ranked high in search engine result page (SERP):

  • Ensure that you add new content regularly – search engines prefer sites that continuously add new updates.
  • The more content you add, the better.
  • Get validated. Validate your HTML and CSS code to check that it is accurate.
  • Test your site in different browsers, mobile devices and resolutions, especially after any such major changes e.g. updates by provider (e.g. WordPress). Check on different systems too (Mac, Microsoft etc)
  • Make your site accessible as possible – run your site through accessibility validators regularly.
  • Send out PR regularly to printed and online magazines, ensuring that your web address is clearly marked in the release.
  • Add a standard site map page to your site to help visitors.
  • Add a Google sitemap to your site, and update it regularly, or automate the updating process through  a script.
  • Be on the constant lookout for sites that will link to you – provide reciprocal links where applicable.
  • Resubmit your site to search engines ever 1-2 months – not too frequently or you may get blacklisted for spamming.
  • Check your web stats regularly to ensure that there are no errors and to see what is working and what is not.

Why I Disagree With 50/30/20 Rule In Budgeting

What’s up future millionaires? I’m gonna share with you the reasons why I don’t like the 50/30/20 Rule.

For those who are not familiar with it, the 50/30/20 rule represents how much you need to spend based on needs, wants & savings respectively.

While it is good that people are finally taking more care of their personal finances with this rule, I feel there needs to be more adjustment.

Create 40/10/50 Budget

I personally don’t like the idea of the 50/30/20 Rule.

The ’50’ needs should be reduced, for example, try staying in a cheaper apartment, or rent out a room in your house to reduce your monthly installment.

My personal view is that the 30 wants also needs to be reduced. Avoid from spending on luxury goods – or try to reduce spending at least. Sacrifice today so you can leave a better life tomorrow.

Instead, add more into the savings/investment. This increases from 20 to 50 giving you a lot of cushion for investment and money for emergency.

Therefore, I feel the 50/30/20 rule should be re-introduced as 40/10/50 instead.

When I was in my mid-20s, I worked while doing my studies. Even then, I managed to save up to 80% or sometimes more from my income. Most of that savings are put into investment. I could do this back then since I didn’t have much commitments. That was about 10 years ago.

The reason I’m sharing this is demonstrate to you that the Rule is also time dependent. If you’re a single bachelor, it’s always the best idea to put more money into savings/investment since there aren’t much monthly commitments for you to make.

My Final Two Cent

My final two cent? Don’t get too caught up with the 50/30/20 Rule. Use it as your guideline. My rule of thumb, try your best to have higher percentage for savings/investment.

I know not able to spend money on your wants sounds terrifying after hard days of work.

But this is only temporarily till you can live on dividends alone – which you can loosen up the strict spending then.

Let me know in the comment section below if you feel otherwise. Cheers.

This Is the Biggest Mistake Entrepreneurs Make, According to Mark Cuban

According to a billionaire, the ‘number one sin’ an entrepreneur can make when starting their own business begins with money.

Dallas Mavericks owner and an essential investor on hit show Shark Tank, Mark Cuban, provided some good career advice on a podcast interview with Ryan Seacrest.

He told Ryan Seacrest that the biggest mistake an entrepreneur can make is thinking they need to raise money.

“I think the biggest mistake people make is once they have an idea and the goal of starting a business, they think they have to raise money.” – Mark Cuban pointed out.

“Once you raise money, that’s not an accomplishment, that’s an obligation. Now, you’re reporting to whoever you raised money from.” – He continued.

Mr Cuban indicated that by getting outside help, it adds further pressure to business owners since they have added another voice in the room – which complicates the dynamics of decision making.

He went on advising entrepreneurs to grow a business the old-fashioned way – which is to hustle and grind all the way from bottom.

“If you can go out there and start it on your own — like I started out by selling garbage bags — whatever it is … try to find something that you can make or that you can buy yourself and sell to people around you, then ask for referrals and grow the business that way, and you can turn it into something enormous,” Cuban insisted.

My Final Two Cent

While I agree the points made by Mr Cuban, I do like to argue that there are businesses that become a success after raising funds.

Yes, sometimes having another voice in the decision making process can slow things down, but if that ‘other’ voice brings in a lot of value to the table (e.g. expertise, network, experience etc), then, that changes everything.

I don’t think Mr Cuban is completely right in this case. But I don’t feel I’m completely wrong either.

One thing I’ve learned from my time running businesses, is that you’re often wrong on day one. It is your job to figure things out and become less wrong through trial and error – as Mr Elon Musk puts it. It’s just the way business works.

How To Stop Procrastinating With 2 Minute Rule

You start a few lines on computer, then your mind wanders off for a moment. You type a few more lines, then you decide to watch funny videos on internet.

Does this happen to you often?

Do you feel you procrastinate a lot?

Today, I’m gonna share with you a method which helped me to overcome procrastination.

The Two Minute Rule

“When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.”

I went through quite a roller coaster in my life. From being a straight A’s (we had grades during my time) student, to almost failing in exams due to cockiness, and then slowly rebuilding myself to becoming someone with a degree in mechanical engineering and MBA.

Having these flashbacks, I decided to share with you a method to cast a new habit into your life.

The idea behind the two minute rule is to make it easy to create new habits.

Anyone can work for one minute or read one page. Or anyone can work on a difficult task each day too.

This is a powerful strategy because once you’ve started doing the right thing, it is much easier to continue doing it.

A new habit should not feel like a challenge. There should be less barrier to it.

People often underestimate this rule. They feel it’s strange to get hyped about reading one page or making one sales call per day. They argue it’s counter productive while those who stand by it, argue that it’s a long term process.

But the point is not to do one thing. The point is to master the habit of showing up. The truth is, a habit must be established before it can be perfected.

As you master the art of showing up, the first two minutes simply become a ritual at the beginning of a larger routine.

This is not merely a strategy to make habits easier but actually the ideal way to master a difficult skill.

Strategies like this work for another reason too: they reinforce the identity you want to build.

For example, if you decide to read on a topic everyday—even if it’s just for two minutes—you are instilling a new habit for your identity.

You’re not worried about mastering the topic – which can be overwhelming when starting out.

You’re just focused on becoming the type of person who doesn’t miss reading about it.

You’re taking the smallest action that leads to giant outcome. And like every giant leap, it starts with a small step.

That’s it for me today.

I hope this article has been helpful for you to overcome the giant obstacle between you and success.

Let me know what you think in the comment below whether this method works for you. Keep grinding and hustling.

Execute.