9. Learning and Innovation
When you stop learning, you start dying.
Successful people constantly learn and innovate themselves and their businesses. Unsuccessful people thought they know it all and they refuse to change.
Steve Jobs was once told by his mentor in the early stage that a business has to go through innovation like a caterpillar going through a metamorphosis to become a butterfly.
This is exactly what Steve Jobs did with Apple. Apple revolutionized the music industry with iTunes and iPod. Before that all Apple did was focus in building and selling better computers. After that, Apple ventured into the communication industry and created another revolutionary product, the iPhone.
If you stay in the same place for way too long, you will become obsolete. Either your competitor will put you out of business or the market will change and no longer require what you offer.
This is why you need to constantly learn, innovate, and evolve. Even if you are not in business, you need to consistently improve yourself by reading and push yourself forward continuously.
I remembered long ago when you can still find people selling LD, the laser disc. If you have never heard of it, it is something like a CD, just that it is bigger.
And then the world changed and people started to buy VCD instead of LD. And now it has transformed into DVD and then comes the Blu-ray. Today, people are talking about storing files on Cloud rather than a physical disc.
Can you see it now? Things will keep changing and this is why we need to constantly improve.
Here’s what you can do:
- Make it a habit for reading. Read at least 30 minutes to an hour each day.
- Keep your feet wet and constantly update yourself about what is going on in your industry. If you don’t, either your competitor will put you out of the game or you will become obsolete and outdated.
- Dare to change and improve the way you do things.
- Expand your horizon by trying new things. Always be open to changes.
10. The Desire and Commitment
This is one of the major differences between successful and unsuccessful people. Ask yourself: Do you wish to succeed or are you committed to it?
It makes all the difference. Successful people have the burning desire to succeed that they are willing to do whatever it takes to get the result they want. Unsuccessful people lack the desire and they give up when they hit a roadblock.
So, how strong is your desire to achieve what you say you want?
It is said that when you have the desire as strong as you wanted to breathe, then you will be successful. Your desire will move you. Your desire will make you commit. Your desire will motivate you to do whatever it takes.
Therefore, create a burning desire for what you want, and you will absolutely achieve it. You need to develop an insatiable hunger for what you want.
Thomas Edison has a burning desire to invent the light bulb, this was the reason he never gave up after failed more than 10,000 times. The same goes for Colonel Sanders, the person who founded Kentucky Fried Chicken. He had a strong desire to succeed with his fried chicken recipe. And it was this desire that drove him to go through 1,000 rejections before he finally succeed.
What Drives You?
So what drives you? What motivates you to achieve more? What makes you wake up each morning and what is your life’s purpose?
Your entire life should be aligned to things that you desire to be, do and have. You have to find out your life’s purpose; find out what makes you happy and what kind of life you want to have.
When you know what your core motivation is and what you desire for, nothing can stop you.
Most people hold back because they doubt themselves and they are unsure of what they truly want.
If you seriously desire for something, you will commit to achieve it and do whatever it takes.
Here’s what you can do:
- Find out what drives you. What do you desire to be, do, and have in your life?
- What is the one thing that you will do if you know you couldn’t fail?
There are many differences between successful and unsuccessful people. These 10 major differences are that in my opinion, the most important and obvious.
You don’t have to follow through exactly what I have to say here. Perhaps you have your own way of doing. Remember, if your way doesn’t work, you may want to try out something different.
Understand these differences. Learn them and apply the principles behind when the time comes.
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