We all have different ideas of what success looks like, to some it may be riches, others it may be fame and to some it may simply be a happy and fulfilling life. Whatever your idea of success is it makes sense to learn from someone who has already found theirs, and then try to learn from how they have gone about it. My good friend is someone who certainly has found great success both with his his company Fidelity and in his private life and he is surrounded by a beautiful family full of strong women and his young son who support him each day. After a recent email exchange with Eric I believe that I have a firmer idea about his approach to finding success, and I wanted to share it with you all.
In many cases people cannot see what it is that they are aiming for, they can’t envisage themselves with a Ferrari or a high powered position, or even a happy family. This must change if you want real success however and the visualization part of this is highly important. Try to spend time sat with your eyes closed actually picturing that success, once you do you will start believing and that is the first step.
If you were to ask someone in their later years as to whether or not they have found success, they may present a list of reasons why it never happened. Ins one cases of course life throws curveballs which entirely alter everything that we believe, but if we are to be frank, many people failed because they didn’t know how to get past the obstacles that life threw at them. The key here is focus and doing all that you can to say focussed on success. Things will always change and life will trip you up, it is down to you however to ride the rough patches out and stay focused on your goals.
Something which Eric has always been brilliant at is picking himself up after a setback and this is what you need to have as well. If you’ve been declined for a job for example you have to remember that this is not the end of the road, but rather the beginning of a new one. Nobody reaches success after having an easy ride, there will be times when you get knocked down but you have to get back up again.
There is absolutely no point in thinking that your road to success will be simply getting from point A to point B, in truth your road to success will likely take you all the way to point Z. The most important thing here is to place carefully thought out milestones for yourself, and only focus on those. Let’s say that you want that Ferrari, think about what it will cost, then think about what steps you will need to take to get from where you are now, to the seat of that Ferrari. These steps will be your milestones and as long as you achieve them all, you will get to your destination.
Stay strong and follow in the footsteps of inspirational people like Eric, you can get to where you want to go, just believe.