Have you ever observed that when each one of us is wrestling with the peaks and troughs of life, there are some people who just stand out? There are such remarkable people who irrespective of their profession or industry, they are able to reach the pinnacle with flying colors. They become the leaders whom everyone else idolizes. They once again prove to the world that it is not what you do, but how you do it. They once again evince that it is less of talent and skill and more of commitment that engenders masterpieces. They are the ones who spark motivation within us. We often coin such people as magicians.
Now, are they a born-genius or do they have a secret magic wand that eventuates success?
Well, the answer is NO. They are as much capable as you are. The only difference is, when you were trying to become a part of the grinding wheel, they simply denied. Instead, they followed their passion even if that required going against the current. In plain words, they simple sidestepped what everyone else is doing and rather chose what they wanted to do. They teach us that following your passion is the super-highway to lasting success.
Shining the torch on how successful people became what they are does not act only as a motivating factor but can also steer you to the path of success.
Here are 5 habits of highly successful people who followed their passion:
1. They do not let the wick of their passion fade away
Most of us are like aimless wanderers, conditioned to follow others. And in this rat race, we often forget what our passions are. The tides and high waters of life often keep us so engrossed that we rarely sit back and ponder over what actually we are passionate for. Even if we do, that soon gets out of sight and hence out of mind.But successful people cling on to their passion, no matter the entire world is against them. They do not give up. Thomas Edison was passionate to enlighten this planet. During his research, his colleagues and workers deserted and ridiculed him by saying that he was mad and that it was not possible to invent a bulb. But in spite of challenging times, he kept the wick of his passion alive. Every day, Thomas would ‘get dressed and show up’. Eventually, there was light.“I have not failed; I have just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” — Thomas Edison
2. They take the ownership of their passion
They are not only mindful of what their passion is, they even take the accountability and burn the midnight oil to pursue their passion. Once there was a boy, who was passionate about football. He was often seen practicing in the field, irrespective of the hour of day or night. But he had to face many grueling times since his parents were illiterate and poverty-stricken. This boy got expelled from the school but still he was seen kicking in the fields and soaking in his passion. Today, the world knows that boy by the name of Cristiano Ronaldo.There are numerous such examples wherein following the passion became the top-rated passion in life and hence they have had been able to register grand success under their names. Therefore, it is significant to take the ownership and remain plugged into your passion.
3. Successful people surround themselves with like-minded people
It is said that you are an average of 5 people who are close to you. Successful people disengage themselves from toxic people and surround themselves with great people. They enjoy the company of people who are not only successful but also knowledgeable, inspiring, supportive, talented and with a positive approach in life. In case they find a dearth of resources to learn, they opt for coaches, trainers and mentors. Therefore you need to ask yourself what your circle of influence signifies. Do you surround yourself with people who have clarity in life and are focused on what they are doing? Do you surround yourself with people who are your genuine well-wishers and admirers, who want you to succeed or the ones we call as leg-pullers? Do you have people on your side who can support and inspire you to make a dent on this planet? If not, then you might want to rethink and consciously decide to change your company.
4. Failures do not intercept their momentum
They are not frightful of failures; they rather take failures as stepping stones and learning opportunities. Born to traditional musician story-teller parents on October 15, 1964 in Hangzhou, China, this little boy was the second child (out of three) in the family. However, his passion to amplify his aptitude and acquire new skills was evident since childhood. In the year 1972 tourism boomed in his city and this spirited boy made the most of the opportunity. He worked as a tourist guide in exchange for lessons in English. However, his education was not like a plain sail. The boy failed in his primary school examinations twice, but this did not turn him into a broke. In the middle school, he again failed thrice but was still ignited to do something big in life.Well, this was not the end of his failures during academics. When he was in high school, he applied to various universities and failed in the entrance exam thrice. He wanted to join Harvard University but got rejected 10 times. After graduating from college, he applied for 30 different jobs and was rejected by all of them. He even applied for the post of a police officer to be returned another failure. They rejected him saying 3 words “You’re no good”. He applied for a job in KFC. In fact, 24 people had applied for the job, 23 got selected and he was the only one to be rejected. He and his cousin waited for two hours in a long queue to be the waiter for the four star hotel in the city, on a very hot day. His cousin’s score was much lower than this boy, but his cousin was accepted and this boy was rejected.This was followed by a number of failures but this boy took every failure as a learning opportunity. Today, this boy is known by the name of Jack Ma. His net worth today (in 2019) is 4,080 crore US dollars. However, even after achieving so much, Jack feels that there is still a long way to go ahead. Even today Jack’s company has been acquiring many small size and mid-size companies and expanding in size.If a boy from such a humble background, in spite of a series of failures, can grow to be one of the world’s richest men, anyone can.
They make full-proof plans and follow them religiously. They assign SMART goals to themselves.SpecificMeasurableActionableRelevantTime-boundi)
They are not the ones who announce that they would buy a bigger house one day or they will think of losing extra pounds from next month or they would follow their passion someday. That ‘someday’ is most likely never going to come in life. Why? Because these are vague goals. People with such goals are not clear of what exactly they want. However, if successful people they want to buy a house, they know in which locality, of what area, how many rooms, what would be color of the walls and even of the door handles. They project a real picture of that house in their mind. It is only that picture that needs to be transformed into a real foundation. They try to sketch that picture on a paper and paste it on their office or bedroom wall so that they are constantly reminded to this goal.ii)
Successful people also always set goals that are measurable. They avoid chalking out big plans which might result in falling flat and losing interest in working on the laid plan. They split their goal into small slices, for instance into monthly, weekly and daily targets. For example, if they are passionate to commence their own startup, they just do not wake up next morning with a decision that they would pour all their savings today and fulfill their dream. Such hurried decisions usually land in the face of failures. They lay a blueprint with a plan of action about the amount of investment required and what all skills they need to learn. They assign the term to each step and keep a gauge on achieving those short-term goals. This boosts their confidence that they are on the way to fulfill their dream of your running their own startup.
They blueprint their goals like a good workout. They push themselves beyond their limits so that they feel challenged. But at the same time, they ensure that such challenges should not impact them largely to cause some kind of stress or demotivation.For example, making one million by the end of the month is nearly impossible if you can’t even pay your bills unless you have won a lottery. Therefore, an achievable goal could to make some extra thousand by the end of the month. Once you have achieved that, you can go one step further.
They pick those goals that are relevant for them. Pursuing a goal and then losing interest in the midway is something that they circumvent. Hence, ask yourself, ‘why you want to achieve the specific goal’, would the achievement really ferry you to cloud nine?’ If the answer returns as ‘No’, big-cross that goal and try writing something that makes you lift your tight fisted hands in air and scream “Yes, I have done it.’ If the answer comes as ‘Maybe’, then you should rethink until you get clarity. If the answer comes as loud ‘YES’, then it is the right time to start chasing your goal.
They always allot a deadline to their goal and most of the times they try to accomplish that goal before that deadline. If you don’t set a time limit, it would tell your brain that you have unlimited time to achieve your goals and hence the time would come when that goal would go to the backburner and finally fade away. However, when you clock yourself, your sense of urgency increases and you are more likely to achieve your goal.Therefore, it is your passion that holds the power to drive you to your individual self and win the crown that you deserve. Unearth, follow it and don’t stop until you add your name to the list of history creators.