And honestly there’s no secret on how to be successful. You literally just have to spend 100% of your day working, no joke.
For example, I wake up between 6-7 AM, have my coffee and open up my phone. I’m a social media manager so I’ll check my pages and manually post from my high quality ones to make sure the content is solid.
I’m also trying to get famous by building out my personal page (along with my YouTube channel), so lately I’ve been trying to post good pictures + quality blog posts article things there too.
Once I’ve had my coffee, I hope on the laptop for a good 4-5 hours and get to work. And I’m not talking about a little work with a lot of procrastination and Reddit-browsing. Nah, this is solid work.
How to be successful with nootropics
Easy – 4 things:
- Nicotine lozenges
Now, I don’t know what your stance on “drugs” are, but these are all 100% legal non-narcotic substances that will a) make you more productive and b) produce higher quality work.
I won’t go into what each one does, but suffice to say that the combination of all of them enables me to be a goddamn working machine.
After working for 4-5 hours my brain will be fried and I’ll need a break. I take a walk down to Patong Beach and chill for a bit. If anyone interesting is in the hostel then I’ll invite them to come along as well.
But I’m an Instagram marketer, remember? So I can’t just leave for a few hours and do nothing – I have to post stories to my personal account and look for interesting pictures.
Honestly, I hate that. It’s totally distracting to have to always be on the lookout for interesting things to take pictures of and then try and write something about it.
But you know what I hate even more?
How to start a business from scratch
So broke that I have to go back to selling hair straighteners in shopping centers – something I’m really good at but don’t want to do anymore.
I mean, maybe someday in the future… but for now I want to work horizontally.
Anyway, Elon Musk is quoted as saying that if you really want to know how to be successful, then you have to put in 100 hour weeks. The guy has a reputation for being a workaholic.
He says that if you put in the 100 hour weeks, you’ll have such strong momentum that you’ll accomplish in 4 months what it takes the 40 hrs/week people a year to do.
I heard this quote after I started putting in the hours, but I believe that its true. If you can commit all of your time to building whatever it is you want to grow, then its only a matter of time before you hit your breakout moment.
How to stop procrastinating
Ever heard of analysis-paralysis? Basically a fancy way of saying procrastination. Shiny object syndrome, where you can’t decide what to do because each new thing you research looks more appealing than the last.
That’s the worst.
So what changed? Well, for one thing I had to work at a job that crushed my soul on a daily basis. It was so bad that I started searching for a way to make money from my computer.
If you want something badly enough, you’ll figure out a way to get it. I used to tell this to my salespeople all the time.
New salesmen tend to be self-conscious. The pitch isn’t familiar to them, they’re not used to hearing “no” and are uncomfortable trying to persuade people to part with their hard-earned cash.
How to be successful in sales
But SOME new salespeople are rockstars. They hit the pavement and from day 1 you can tell they’re going to be monsters, and FAST.
Why? Because they WANT THAT MONEY. They’re either broke or focused on a goal that requires a lot of money in the near future.
Maybe they want a car. Maybe they have to pay child support. Maybe they owe money to the government.
They don’t read articles on how to be successful – they just want it BAD.
Whatever the reason, a select few crush it right out of the gate because they literally want nothing more than to convince the customer to give them money.
This is how you need to be with whatever your goal is. You need to want it more than anything.
And here’s the reason:
When you’re faced with temptation to NOT work, if your reasons aren’t strong enough then you’ll give in to the temptation. You’ll go party with friends and drink too much. You’ll spend the day shopping and getting your nails done.
I’m not saying don’t do these things ever. Of course you should, but only as a reward for working hard.
For instance today I totally plan on spending 2-3 hours at the beach, but AFTER I spend 4-5 hours working on my projects.
I’ve been in this situation before – working super hard on something only to give up a month later. But I figured out the secret to staying motivated. 2 secrets actually.
- Find a friend who is willing to work with you or at least hash things out over the phone
- Work on multiple projects at once
When you have a friend who you can spitball ideas with, it helps to keep things fresh in your mind. You give each other ideas. If you’re lucky, your also try to pop each other’s ideas to make sure they’re solid.
Nicholas Cage’s secret to success
It’s very motivating.
Working on multiple projects at once helps to keep you motivated when you get bored with any one goal.
For example, I said that I manage Instagram pages. If I had to manage Instagram pages all day for 10 hours I’d lose my mind.
So I also do the following things to keep myself fresh:
- Post 2-4 articles per day on Steemit
- Send 50 emails a day to new clients
- Work out regularly
- Talk to friends on the phone
- Meet new people whenever I can
Now, you may be thinking that some of these are not “projects” in the traditional sense. I probably won’t make any money from meeting new people for example, right?
Don’t be so sure. Talking to people is great because the conversation ALWAYS turns to work.
“So, what do you do for work?” – literally the most common question in the history of questions.
If you talk about what you do with enough genuine enthusiasm, then people will be interested. I’m not saying pitch them – you’ll know if it’s a good fit. But since getting here I’ve had a couple people ask me tons of questions about what I do – some of them might turn into clients.
Finally, the last thing you absolute, 100% MUST do if you want to be successful is make a to do list every day.
This is so basic yet few people actually do it.
The list serves two purposes:
- Keep track of all the things you want to do
- Keeps you motivated because it feels good when you cross things off the list
Okay, I’m getting bored of writing this. Time to go do something else.