Random Thoughts on Success

by Stephen Mills on April 23, 2009


What does it take to be successful?  Please contribute your own ideas in the comments section.  I would LOVE to hear from you.

  • Change Your Thoughts First – If you try to change your actions without changing your thoughts you will fail.  Change your thoughts and your actions will follow automatically.
  • Find Your Purpose – Acting with a deep purpose gives you an advantage most people don’t have. Vision, Purpose, Goals
  • Invest for the Long Haul – I can see 1, 2, and 5 years down the road.  Can you?
  • Don’t be impatient – Quality trumps quantity every time.
  • Baby Steps – Inch by inch, life’s a cinch.  Yard by yard, life is hard.  Don’t focus on the gap between where you are and where you want to be.  Instead take a step, any step, in that direction.  Take a new step every day.
  • Keep the Child In You Alive – Fearlessness, insatiable curiosity, getting up when you fall down.  The pure joy of living, struggling, learning, and growing.
  • Dive Into Your Product With Passion Like No Other – Show your burning passion.  People will follow you if you display your real, passionate, and flawed humanity.
  • Forget Get-Rich-Quick – Try Get-Rich-Slow-And-Stay-Rich instead.
  • Be Yourself, Be Unique, Be Quirky – You have to be different.  You are different so be yourself.  Try to copy someone else and you’ll find you’re not nearly as good at being them as they are.  You’ll lose.   On the other hand, who is better at being you than you?
  • Enjoy the Journey – The journey is life.  The destination is just a compass to keep you pointed in the right direction.  Finding Joy In The Journey
  • Trust Your Intuition – Your non-conscious mind is much more powerful than your conscious mind.  What You Need to Know About Your Amazing Brain – Part I
  • Stop Watching Television – What could you be doing with that time?
  • Become THE Expert – If you study something one hour a day (your TV time) for one year there will be very few people competing with you who know more.  After 5 years…
  • Compound Interest – What if you improved one very small thing about yourself every day?  How much change would you accumulate in 100 days?  In 1 year?  In 5 years?
  • Paint Pictures In Your Mind – Your brain thinks in pictures.  Dream a magnificent, vivid, incredibly detailed dream.  See it, smell it, feel it, hear it, touch it, and taste it.  Really get into it.  Dream your dream every day and your non-conscious mind will deliver it to you.
  • Write It Down, Make It Happen – The power of writing your goals, dreams, and thoughts in longhand with pen and paper should not be ignored.  Write it every day.  Dream it.  Be it.
  • Create Heroic Goals – Force Yourself to make major changes.  Alternatively, you can tweak yourself to death. 17 Ways to Achieve Heroic Goals
  • Make Your Goals a 10 – If your goals and dreams aren’t an absolute 10 in inspiring and driving you then why are you bothering?  If it’s not a 10 then take it off your list or change it to a 10.
  • Don’t Trade Your Time For Money – You’ll automatically cap your earnings potential.
  • MSI’s – Multiple Sources of Income.
  • Do something – Do anything.  When you feel stuck just do.
  • Do Less For SuccessPractice simplicity.  Focus.  Concentrate.  Do one thing great rather than three things good.  Eliminate the Non-Essential From Your Life
  • Be Healthy in Body and Mind– Take it from someone who knows.  If you don’t take care of yourself physically and mentally, you’ll lose out on everything Yes You Can! and The Brain That Changes Itself
  • Ignore Your Critics – If you care what the naysayers think, you will be like everyone else.  You’ll be common.
  • Positivity Leads to A Flourishing LifePositivity Leads to a Flourishing Life
  • Empower yourself – Just do it.  Don’t ask anyone – even if you have a boss.  I’ve done this my whole life and it works.
  • Read Constantly and Learn Everything – Learn without end.  It will help you succeed and it’s personally satisfying.  Human nature requires growth to thrive.
  • Make a good first impression – Unfortunately studies show that impressions are set in a few minutes the first time and those impressions usually last.
  • Get Back to Nature – We developed in green spaces.  Our minds and bodies love the natural.  Natural Bias.  Eat, drink, and be nature.  Hug a tree.  Smell a flower.  Watch an animal.  Eat natural foods.  Surround yourself with nature to nourish your body and soul.  Naked in Eden
  • To Have Versus To Be – It’s what you are not what you have.  To Have Versus To Be
  • Be Fearless – Our brains developed in a dangerous physical environment that selected for conservative behavior driven by fear.  Those same traits hold you back now.  Slay the fear monster and just go for it.  You will not be eaten by a saber-tooth tiger.  A Guide to Beating the Fears That Are Holding You Back
  • Live a Balanced Life of ExcellenceHow To Live Life

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Sherri (Serene Journey) April 23, 2009 at 7:23 am

Hi Stephen,

I really like your point “Forget Get-Rich-Quick – Try Get-Rich-Slow-And-Stay-Rich instead.” It’s so true.

I would add be persistent, give back to others and have a great positive attitude. With that you can’t go wrong. 🙂


Lisis | Quest For Balance April 23, 2009 at 8:22 am

Hi, Stephen! A big one for me has always been to clearly define what success means to me. How can I try to achieve success if I am not even certain what that means? I know my definition of success is NOT financial wealth. So that eliminates a lot of time-wasting activities that some people pursue. I need to make enough to live on, but that is just part of securing the basics. I will only feel “successful” if what I am doing is benefitting others. That yardstick leads me in the direction of people and relationships rather than tasks and achievements.

Thanks for this thought-provoking list!


Marc and Angel Hack Life April 23, 2009 at 8:42 am

Thanks for the link love Stephen. 😉



Jonathan - Advanced Life Skills April 23, 2009 at 10:34 am

Stephen, what a nice list. You covered so many aspects of life with a practical suggestion for each. Imagine the long term benefits of taking action on every point listed here. It would be life transforming.


Clement @ The Way Of Money .com April 23, 2009 at 7:37 pm

I don’t THINK I’m being cliché here, but I sure feel like I am but here goes right 🙂


Those are the only qualities that I think you need to be successful in anything. Of course, from those qualities come others, but in my view these are the pillar two.


Stephen Mills April 23, 2009 at 7:47 pm

@Sherri, Thanks for your comments. I believe I left out persistence. I can’t believe it. Thanks!

@Lisis, Of course! How could I forget that one. Defining what success means to you is foundational.

@Jonathan, you are correct. We can all do better at all of these. I wish I could say I practiced every one of them consistently. 🙂

@Clement, thanks so much. Like defining success, action is foundational. Sheri also mentioned persistence.

@Marc and Angel, thanks for stopping by and thanks for your support.


Marj Galangco ¦ thewayofmoney April 24, 2009 at 8:21 am

Funny you made a post about this. I’d been thinking lately of what I thought was my formula for success and so far the equation I’ve come up with is:

(Self-awareness + Right Mindset & Attitude + CANI + Consistent Strategic Action + Dream Team + Connection) x Contribution = Success

Self-awareness = is knowing the Truth about Who I Really Am and acting from that Awareness. Once I found this, I became absolutely CLEAR about my Purpose, which then ignited Passion in my life. With Self-awareness comes Peace & Gratitude & Love, and with these comes Happiness.

Right Mindset = I learned that ALL my problems are created by me in my mind. There are no ‘problems’, only situations. I still forget that if I wanna solve a problem all I need to do is change my mind about it.

CANI = Constant and Never-ending Improvement

Consistent Strategic Action = I learned that mere Action is NOT enough. You have to figure out which action works, when’s the best timing to do it, how much of it should you do, & which ones to outsource!

Dream Team = I learned the hard way that if I’m hanging out with losers/whiners/gossip mongers, trying to succeed is gonna be an uphill battle.

Connection= quality of our relationships with ourselves, other people, nature and our environment. I need to remind myself that I am ONE with everything

Contribution = I can only give what I have, and the more I have, the more I have to give. I learned that the best way to serve others is follow Gandhi’s wise advice: Be the change I want to see in the world.

It’s a work in progress, of course. I expect it to change as I refine and learn more.


Roger | A Content Life April 24, 2009 at 8:44 am


I particularly liked “Read Constantly and Learn Everything”. The moment we stop learning is the moment we begin to decay and die.


Robin Easton April 24, 2009 at 9:34 am

Dear Stephen, work has kept me away from blog commenting, but I had to stop in and tell you how touched I am by this. It is a remarkable list. A road map for living. All one would have to do is to put it into practice each day. Imagine a world if we each did this. Wow!

I love them all but these two really jumped out at me:
“Ignore Your Critics – If you care what the naysayers think, you will be like everyone else. You’ll be common.” That last sentence is SO SO powerful. “You’ll be common.” That delivers a wallop. Love it.

The other is: “Trust Your Intuition – Your non-conscious mind is much more powerful than your conscious mind.” In the context of your recent articles trusting our intuition makes more sense than ever. Those articles are like huge “permissions” for us to trust! trust! trust! our intuition.

Thank you my friend SO much!! 🙂


Dragos Roua April 24, 2009 at 9:46 am

Thanks for the link love 🙂

I like the way you’re building your articles lately, there’s a lot of energy in there and I can feel how this energy is starting to shape in a precious matter. Keep up the good work 🙂


AmbitionToSucceed.com Editor April 30, 2009 at 10:08 am

Great article Stephen and brilliant site too! How about this as a definition of SUCCESS…

S – Strategy for Achievement
U – Utilize Opportunities
C – Clearly Defined Goals
C – Constant Persistence
E – Enjoyment
S – Self Awareness
S – Staying Positive

Thanks A2SEditor


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