5. Dream Big and Start Small
Successful people dream big and they start small. Unsuccessful people dream small and they act big.
Your playing small will never contribute and help to make the world a better place. If you truly wanted to serve, think big and start working on it.
Some people will tell you that they don’t need that much money or they don’t really need to be that successful. All they want is to have enough to pay their bills and to live by.
Wrong. If you aim for the moon and when you fall, you will somehow still be with the stars. Unsuccessful people aim for the ceiling, so guess where would they hit if they miss?
Did you get the point? You have to dream bigger in order to achieve greater results.
There is a saying:
If your dreams do not scare you, they are not big enough.
So are you feeling excited when you think about your dreams and goals? Earning an additional $100 a month is not going to excite you.
Earning good money, driving your dream car, living in your dream house by the sea, having your own company, getting to donate your money, help those who are in need, take care of your children and wife, and giving your parents a good life might give you more motivation.
This is why you want to think BIG. Of course, those are just examples. What motivates you may be different than mine.
You dream big and you act small. The problem with most people is that they dream big and they wanted to act big as well. They thought that success is about making that one big decision and taking that one big action.
No, it is often the opposite. Success is all about taking small consistent actions day in and day out, until you hit the tipping point and it overflows. This is when success will happen.
Writing a book in a go may seem impossible. However, when you break it down into chapters, from chapters into sections, from sections into pages, from pages into paragraphs and from paragraphs into sentences, you will notice that you can get the whole book written as long as you start with the sentences.
The same principle applies in every area of your life. Laying a brick a time over time will build you a wall. That is how China’s Great Wall was built centuries ago. One brick at a time.
Here’s what you can do:
- Don’t just dream big, dream bigger! Your imagination is the most powerful tool at your arsenal. Use it wisely.
- Act small and act consistently. Check out this guide: Why Start Small? The 5 Important Benefits of Starting Small
- Success is a marathon and not a sprint. Create a plan and follow through it every day.
- Take action every day. Improve your plan when necessary but never give up on what you want.
6. Dare to Be Different
Successful people dare to be different and do things out of the box. Unsuccessful people don’t venture out of the norm and they just wanted to be the same like everybody.
Take a minute now to think about how you have gone through your life all this while. Do you follow through the crowd?
Do you choose to study the subject you want or your parents want you to? Or perhaps you choose base on location or friends? Are you doing things that you love and you wanted to do on your own? Or do you do things because everyone does the same?
The majority of the people out there don’t dare venture out of their comfort zone. They will do things accordingly and become ordinary like most people.
Arnold Schwarzenegger said it during one of his speeches. He said that you have to break the rules (not the law) if you want to be successful.
It is difficult to be great at something if you are too ordinary. You need to have something that will shine and make you special and unique.
On the other hand, if you read the biographies of extraordinary people such as Nelson Mandela, Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffett, Martin Luther King, etc, you will notice that they are ‘different’ than most people.
Steve Jobs ventured into India when he was young to study Zen. He has his own thinking with design and this is what makes him so successful with Apple’s design.
Warren buffett, started to invest at a very young age while other kids are still playing around. This is what made him different than others.
Same goes for Richard Branson. He took a different path and started his business at the age of 16. Running a magazine called Student.
Somehow this leads to starting a record business call Virgin Records, and then the Virgin brand started to expand and grow into many other industries. And the rest is history.