Success - a guide to swimming with sharks

Success - a guide to swimming with sharks


“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practiced every day.” — Jim Rohn

Success is something we all strive for - be it success in our careers, our business ventures or our family life and relationships. However, as we all know, it is easier said than done.

To be successful means more than just having money.

Everybody wants to know the secret to being successful in life. Today we’re delving into the tips required to succeed in life itself, all without the pressure and frustration from modern society.

Define what you want to achieve

Successful people know what they want, they know which way they are heading, they know what they need to do and are flexible about overcoming obstacles and barriers to move towards their goal and their dream.

Create a powerful belief system

Wouldn’t it be great if success were simple?

But it isn’t.

Start with self-evaluation. It is endlessly valuable. You will not live long enough to figure it all out for yourself. We are what we believe we are, even if we aren’t actually there at this exact moment. So, say to yourself: “I’m an amazing person. I can do anything I set my mind to”.

Steve Jobs advices: "Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.

Stop doubting yourself and your goals.

Be optimistic



When you are going through hard times, this world could become a place where optimism is rare. When you find yourself thinking a negative thought, stop it immediately by any means necessary.

Increase your confidence by taking action




There are two kinds of people in this world: those who make things happen and those who wait for things to happen to them.

The moment you turn feeling sorry for yourself is the moment you allow the negative view of life to become all encompassing. Action is the only remedy for fear.

Many scientific studies show that no matter what goal you plan to reach as result, the action is the best means of achieving this goal.

Action is the foundational key to all success. (Pablo Picasso)

Quit Saying Tomorrow

The interesting thing about success is that anyone can do it.  Successful people start immediately

W. Howe (American novelist) said: “Every successful person I have heard of has done the best he could with the conditions as he found them, and not waited until next year or more”.

Make the journey fun



Unfortunately, there is no magic stick to fulfill your wishes. Almost always success requires a lot of time and efforts. As it is said, success is a journey not a destination.

Enjoy it!

Be grateful

Take the time to write down what you're grateful every day.

Never give up

In our journey of achieving success, failures are inevitable.  What most people do after a failure is blaming others and giving up.  Failure can seem devastating, but it doesn’t have to keep us down permanently.

As Henry Ford (Founder of Ford Motors) said: “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

His early businesses failed and left him broke five times before he founded the successful Ford Motor Company.

All successful people know that it doesn't come easy and they are bound to fail more than they will succeed at anything. They may change the direction but keep moving forward. Ingemar Stenmark, the great Olympic skier, says, “In order to win, you have to risk losing.”

Most important of all- Constantly work on improving yourself



Focus on your growth every day. Never stop striving for more knowledge. Successful people know that making small continual improvement every day will be compounded over time, and give them desirable results.

What makes successful people different from everyone else? The answer is simple - they don’t do different things. They do things differently”.

Some influential examples

Thomas Edison



What would the world be like if Thomas Edison had given up trying to invent the light bulb?

He could have easily decided that it was too much of an impossible goal. After all, he failed at it 1000 times.

During school he had trouble learning in a traditional way and his teachers even told him that he was “too stupid to learn anything”. Later, he was fired from his first two jobs for being too “unproductive”. Despite his difficulties and failures, Thomas never stopped fighting for his dream.

”Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time”. Thomas Edison

Definitely he was one of the most determined people who have ever lived.

Walt Disney



Walt Disney, the creator of Mickey Mouse, was accused of lack of creativity in the beginning of his career. Not letting himself get bogged down by an early rejection, he went on to give the world characters like Donald Duck and Goofy.

John Paul DeJoria is a billionaire after having built two successful companies. He was once homeless, literally.

Jan Koum founded Whatsapp which was bought out by Facebook for a fortune that has left him a billionaire. His job application to Facebook was once rejected, had a difficult period while in his teens as a poor migrant to the US, where he initially worked as a cleaner for a while.

Dhirubhai Ambani, worked as a pump attendant. Well, he had humble beginnings. He founded Reliance Industries, that eventually made his family the second richest in the world. That empire he founded by the way, includes the world's largest oil refinery, to date.

Roman Abramovich

Abramovich was born in southern Russia, into poverty. After being orphaned at age 2, he was raised by an uncle and his family in a subarctic region of northern Russia. While a student at the Moscow Auto Transport Institute in 1987, he started a small company producing plastic toys, which helped him eventually found an oil business and make a name for himself within the oil industry. Later, as sole leader of the Sibneft company, he completed a merger that made it the fourth biggest oil company in the world. The company was sold to state-run gas titan Gazprom in 2005 for $13 billion.




Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is the richest African American of the 21st century, and with a net worth of over $3 billion, she is regarded as arguably the most influential woman in the world.

Her incredible success is all the more impressive considering her rough upbringing. The daughter of an unmarried teen who worked as a housemaid, Oprah grew up in extreme poverty. Her family was so poor that, as a child, Oprah was teased at school for wearing dresses made of potato sacks. She also was the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of family members, which she discussed with TV viewers during a special episode of her show.

Oprah's first big break was her gig at the local black radio station. Station’s managers were impressed with her oration and passion, leading Oprah to work her way up the ranks to bigger radio stations, eventually resulting in her appearing on TV as well.


There have been thousands of books written about what it takes to be successful in business, and a thousand more about achieving success in life as well. Success is not something easily attained, and you cannot expect it to happen overnight. It takes hard work and persistence.

Hoping these tips will lead you to success. What is your formula of achieving success?



Inc., Wanderlust worker, The Street, Brian Tracy, Psychology Today, Personal Growth, Motivation Grid

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