We can all identify at least one millionaire in our society – perhaps you even know of one in your personal life. Have you ever wondered what drives them to be successful? What goes through their mind each morning? Well, half the answer is contained in those questions themselves – it all starts in the brain. Individuals with successful business endeavors have trained their minds to think a certain way, and it’s a process.
The late Jim Rohn once said: “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.” His meaning? We can’t rely solely on desire or passion to make our dreams come true. The journey for these individuals doesn’t begin at their first successful enterprise, or once they hit the million-dollar mark, but instead over time through small day-to-day actions. It’s the mentality of giving everything in life a purpose.
In the 2008 film The Forbidden Kingdom, Jackie Chan’s character makes his student slap water in a bowl repeatedly, much to his student’s confusion. What the student doesn’t realize is that while he is performing this medial task, he is building immense strength he had never possessed. In the same film, Chan’s character pours tea into the boy’s cup until it spills over and burns him. “How can you fill your cup if it’s already full?” he asks his student.
Millionaires understand that you no matter how much you know, you can always learn something new, and that is why they are constantly seeking knowledge by reading books. In fact, studies have shown that over 80% of self-made millionaires read two or more books a month. It is also why so many engage in networking events and seminars late into their career. Even after they’ve attained success, they rely on information from others in and out of their field. Millionaires live life with an empty cup.
Assuming you can always learn more doesn’t mean completely forgetting what you do know. Successful individuals apply the lessons they have learned over time into their everyday lives and use those lessons to shape their future decisions. Many entrepreneurs swear by keeping a journal filled with ideas, thoughts and lists that help keep their lives organized. Writing in a daily journal hardly seems like a profound business tactic, but as has been stated before, it’s the small things that produce massive results.
We can take comfort in knowing that the journey between failure and success is only a few small life changes away. Make today the day you decide to roll out those changes.