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You’re only as good as you try.

TheIMG_8645re have been many questions related to personal success lately, which is why I decided to put together a small post related to success, achievement and work ethic. If you follow along, you might find some golden nuggets in this post. The suggestion of diminishing the mindsets we’re presenting might sound extremely brutal for those who fall susceptible to them. However, what I’m saying is in the best interest and means absolutely no harm to anybody. Again, if you are to follow along, I’m sure you’ll begin to understand. So sit back, relax, grab yourself a cup of tea and enjoy the ride!

Failure is the pathway to success.

We have the tendency as humans to avoid things that cause us harm – especially failure. It’s common for people to separate from a path if they feel as if they’ll continually fail, no matter their efforts or due diligence. But what if I told you that failure is one of the only paths to finding true success? That if you endure the pain, the struggles, the sorrow and the fog you’ll see clarity, and every step you take from then on will be successful? Well, that’s precisely the case. So if you’re willing to change your mindset and pain threshold, I can gauruntee you’ll find success in whatever you do. Break free from the laziness and the worry – be different. As Warren Buffet said “Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.”


Money = Success

Money has and always will be the number one way to calculate a persons success. But in doing so, you’re lessening the chances of seeing the big picture, as well as how that individual got to where they are. Never use Money to calculate success! Use experience, judgement and motivation. Because a person can have all the money in the world and be financially literate or mentally well-off.


Passing classes means you’re successful

We all see it on a daily basis. In fact, it’s even extremely prevalent in the work force. Passing classes doesn’t mean you’re successful, it means you’re an intelligent thinker that grasps certain models and has a sharp memory. I’ve seen some of the most intelligent people fail in certain areas, whereas those who are less intelligent succeed in others.We’re all unique in our learning abilities, alongside of our personalities. So being just as smart as the next person isn’t exactly expected, nor does it equate to success.


You are what your friends are

This is more than a sad truth, it’s disheartening. Some of the people you hold dear might be the precise ones holding you back from achieving the things you want. Not because they intend to see you fail, but because they’re not in the same category as a free thinker. I’m not saying you should cut it off at the source and cut ties with your beloved friends, but you should choose your friends wisely and who you hang around for prolonged periods of time. Because as sad as this is to say, you are who you hang around. Just as much as you are what you eat.


Sometimes it’s best to give up

I know how contradicting this is to say, considering the first piece of advice I supplied, but in certain situations it’s BEST to give up. For instance, I’m working towards a major I know I’ll never be happy in and I have enough credits to apply in another major I’m extremely passionate in. The best thing for me to do is allocate all that effort into what I’m passionate in instead of wasting my hard earned money, time and effort into something I know will inevitably fail.

Take this advice with a grain of salt or hold them dear. Your perception is the only thing that’ll decide whether these small pieces of advice apply to you or not.

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