We live in a culture that celebrates determination and hard work, but understand: these are the qualities that keep you in the game after most everybody else has left, or until somebody bigger and stronger picks you up and hurl you back out to sea. Determination and hard work are necessary, yes, but they are the minimum requirements. As in: the bare minimum.

The best people don’t tell the world how amazing they are. The best people show others how amazing others can be  perhaps with a little help from them.

Our main business is not to see what lies dimly at a distance but to do what clearly lies at hand.

Living in Present leads to success in life. Some people can’t find a job to earn enough. Some people will asked: “Will I become a billionaire if I am determined to be one and put in all the necessary work require?”. Some people are desperate and despondent. They felt life had been unfair to them. They kept saying over and over things like, “I am not a bad person” and “Why is this happening to me?

You’re determined. So what? You haven’t been racing naked through shark-infested waters yet. Will you be just as determined when you’re washed up on some deserted island, disoriented and bloody and ragged and beaten and staring into the horizon with no sign of rescue? Why dream of some magical rose garden in the horizon when you can enjoy the roses that are blooming outside your window today?

Being more conscious in your day-to-day decisions will lead you to take the appropriate actions to reaching your goals. Have a purpose with life, act according to your values, and don’t let people tell you what to do or how things should be done. Can I tell you a secret?  When building wealth, choose direction over speed.

Success, in life, comes with hard work, focus, and deliberate practice. There are no shortcuts, no easy way around it. It’s going to hurt, there will be times when you’ll want to give up, there will be times when others will doubt you, when people will ridicule you for not succeeding, for trying something new, but stick it through, stay committed to your values, to your identity, to who you are, and it’ll be worth it, I promise. With clear intention, single minded, regular sustained effort on what you enjoy and managing the external environment to support you can make you succeed in anything.

Do you really know where you’re going?

Here is a list of things to do?

  • Write down your goals.
  • Create a powerful belief system.
  • Invest in yourself.

When it comes to the goals that are most important to us in life, we tend to jump tracks the second we stop perceiving forward momentum. We’re choosing the illusion of progress over what really matters.

The painful reality is, the market is all about supply and demand. Do you have skills and talents that the market wants? What do you bring to the party? It’s all about market value. Think about yourself as a commodity. What price will you and your skills bring in an open market? People don’t pay for the absence of negatives. They want to know what you can bring to their community. They want the skills and capabilities they need and they will pay for it

Some things you can do today to invest in yourself are

Start reading books. Everyone buys books, but very few actually read them cover to cover.


Stop reading books. Few read the books they buy, but even fewer remembers what they read. Stop reading books and start studying books.

Study at least one hour a day. “One hour per day of study will put you at the top of your field within three years. Within five years you will be a national authority. In seven years, you can be one of the best people in the world at what you do.” Brian Tracy (motivational speaker)

Take notes. Never leave home without a pen and a piece of paper. The best ideas often comes in the least appropriate times, write them down. Don’t trust your mind to remember them—it won’t. Writing it down right away will also allow your mind to store and come up with more ideas.

Learn a new skill. Learn something new every day, a new skill or a new word. One new skill every day equals 365 new skills a year. Now imagine where you could be a year from now if you start doing it today?

Do something for yourself. Yes, hard work is a major factor for succeeding, but at least once per month do something fun, something outrageous and spontaneous that makes you feel alive. Have fun and enjoy yourself.

Every person encounters tough times, failure and hardships, but only the ones that persist are the ones that win.

What are your goals?

  • Being healthy?
  • Lose weight?
  • Be fit?
  • Get the dream job?
  • Have the dream house?
  • Live the dream life?
  • Make a certain amount of money?
  • Start a family?
  • Meet your dream man or woman?

Every day is a new day to a wise man. I want you to think of life as an hourglass. You know they are thousands of grains of sand in the top of  the hourglass; and they all pass slowly and evenly through the narrow neck.

We are in the beginning of the second quarter of the year, Start by making a sheet for this year and a sheet for medium-term projects (in 3 to 5 years). Also remember to note the new type of friend you would like to have.

At the end of the day, success isn’t just a matter of spending more to make more; it involves connecting with people, getting to know them, offering them a unique experience and helping them solve their challenges.



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I’m Julia Jonathan, I write on relationships, communication and lifestyle advice. I believe there’s always room to improve no matter how incredible you think you are. If you think so too, follow me to see more inspirational stories and articles

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