Ultimately the secret to success is about living up to your potential. Everyone has success in them, it is about understanding what that superpower is and working hard to achieve it. You must have a focus and a belief in yourself to achieve your success.
People measure success in many different ways, but ultimately it is about achieving something that makes you personally fulfilled. So, you need to understand exactly what you want to achieve and measure progress towards that.
For example, you might measure success by earning the most money you can. If that is the case, then the secret to success for you will be understanding what makes you special and defining how to make money from that. It is the thing that makes you stand out and that other people want to buy.
For some being a success will mean earning $100,000 a year, but for the next man that will be $1M. You need to understand this because the path you choose to create your fortune needs to be able to support your target figure, your measure of success.
It’s all about who you know
You need to surround yourself with good people, ones that will support you but also challenge you. Listen carefully to input from people you trust, but in the end, you make the final decision, because it is your life and your success. Only you know what achieving success looks like for you.
As the phrase goes, it truly is about who you know, not what you know. For many, the way to success is about connections, meeting the right people and then utilising your network to help you become successful. Always ensure you are giving as much back to your network as you’d like to receive in return.
Be consistent but be different
You need to be consistently good. To be a successful entrepreneur, you cannot have a couple of days a month when you are flying, but then 28 days of being average at best. As the hugely successful comedian Steve Martin said
“It was easy to be great. What was hard was to be good, consistently good, night after night. Every entertainer has a night when everything is clicking”
Rather than being great, you could just be different. If you define a field in which you want to be successful, it can be about finding your niche and then being the leader in this. If success is being the best at what you do, then find your superpower, learn how others are doing that and then put a twist on it, that plays to your strengths.
Nothing comes without hard work
But in the end, no success is possible without hard work. You might have the best idea, service or product in the world, but unless you work hard at it, you will not be as successful as it’s possible to be, you will not fulfil your potential and that is really the secret to success.