The five things I’m about to tell you about my seem redundant or very similar in their qualities but there is a huge difference in each that you should be aware of. Having these five attributes all at the same time will allow you to become good at anything you want.
Want to make more money?
Want to succeed at virtually anything?
Want to become healthier?
Want to become smarter? Faster? Stronger?
It doesn’t matter what it is you’re trying to because by knowing about and demonstrating the five following activities you will make it your bitch. You will completely own it and nothing can stop you from doing so.
Definition: A strong desire for success
Synonyms: initiative, passion, determined, enthusiastic, thirsty
What does it mean?
Ambition is an absolute starting requirement to be good at anything. You have to want to become successful at whatever it is. It doesn’t matter if you follow the rest of the five things perfectly. If you do not have ambition, you’ll never achieve what you need to achieve.
Ever hear the saying, “Do what you love and love what you do?”
There’s significance behind it. If you love what you do, your heart is in it with you. When your heart is in something it makes the rest of these 5 things come easy. If your heart isn’t in it, you’ll find that no matter what you do, you have to force yourself to be good at it.
No one likes being forced to do anything. Without heart, you’ll end up hating what you do.
Definition: To set aside for special use
Synonyms: commit, devote
What does it mean?
Some people spend their entire lives dedicated to the wrong thing, if you read about ambition you would realize that the wrong thing means that their heart wasn’t into it. Not only is this a waste of your life, but it’s a waste to everyone around you as well.
The factory worker that hates his job, while dedicated to it, never has any heart in it, just does the bare minimums to get by never really excelling or adding benefit to what they do.
The teacher that teaches for the time off in the summer that’s dedicated to teaching but without heart fully behind it, their students suffer and the cost is lack of education that could cost them for the rest of their lives.
Dedication can be good and bad. Lots of people in relationships devote their entire lives or large portions of their lives to each other only to have it end in ruin or disaster, or worse yet, they wonder on their death bed as to whether or not they did it all wrong.
How would that feel? You spend 70 years of your life dedicated to someone only to wish you could have it all back so you could do life over again, but you can’t, because you only live once.
Your shot is hear and now. Don’t just become complacent and accept things as they are, get heart and dedicate yourself to something you believe in, something you want, something you’re passionate about.
Definition: To do, make, or perform again
Synonyms: recite, repeat
What does it mean?
Now that you’e got the heart and you’re dedicated, you need to repeat what you do. Not just once, not just twice, but over, and over, and over again.
You can’t become a pro basketball player just by having the heart and being dedicated. Eventually you’ll have to get out there and practice your shots. You’ll have to train, you’ll have to do things again and again, eventually you’ll know how to do those things and even become good at them.
They say practice makes perfect. Now I don’t know what the hell perfect has to do with anything, but practice is a necessary component in becoming good at anything.
Definition: To continue steadfastly or firmly in some state, purpose, course of action, or the like, especially in spite of opposition
Synonyms: Endure, persevere
What does it mean?
Even in the face of opposition, critiques, or ridicule, you must go on. So you’re hearts into something, you’ve got dedication, and you’re doing it repetitively. Yes, when you first start out doing something, chances are you aren’t going to be that good.
If I gave someone a basketball who’s never had one before and tried to show them how to play, they might look awkward. People may make fun of them. Some might tell them to give up before even trying.
Enduring these stages of anything you are attempting to do is critical. You can’t let anyone or anything stop you, no matter what.
Definition: Sure of oneself; having no uncertainty about one’s own abilities, correctness, successfulness
Synonyms: Certain, positive
What does it mean?
No matter what is going on around you, you believe in yourself, in your team, or in others. You know that you can accomplish anything. What makes it easier to become confident?
That’s right, having the first four things under your belt.
If your passionate, dedicated, practicing, and being persistent, then chances are, you’ll have confidence in what you’re doing. Stack those attributes together.
- You’ve got ambition: it’s something you want to do.
- You’ve got dedication: you’ve committed to doing it.
- You’ve got repetition: you know exactly what to do because of practice
- You’ve got persistence: no matter who says what, your’e going to do it
- And now you’ve got confidence: no matter what happens you believe in yourself and know you can be the best at whatever you’re doing.
Think anything can stop you from being good at whatever it is you’re trying to do?
An Experience From Me:
Throughout my time in school I was always good, rather told I was good, at things like Math and Science. One area I just never seemed to become good at or do with any proficiency was english. Even to this day, if you asked me to explain to you what a verb, noun, or adjective was; I’d have to google it. I don’t even care what they are really, I write to sound.
Some people can play music by ear instead of reading sheet music, while that’s precisely how I write, by ear.
In high school from 7th to 11th grade, I passed 1 semester of an english class with a D- (thanks Mr Blair) and I failed everything else. My heart wasn’t in any of those classes and I simply didn’t care, without natural talent in that area, it was hopeless for me to pass any of those classes.
However, I always have wanted to write. It is my greatest passion and still is to be a writer. I love writing. I’ve always written a little bit, but about 6-7 years ago I started writing a lot and never looked back. At first writing 400 words was a major task and required a lot of thought process. I didn’t feel good about anything I was writing, but I did it any ways.
If I was asked to write a technical manual for something, I would say I’ve never done one before, but I’m going to do it anyways.
How about a legal document for court? Never done one of those either, but now I have.
Can you write a strategy guide? Never done that before, but I have done this as well.
How about a short story? How about a book? How about a self-help how to guide?
Same answer. I’ve never done anything like it before but I don’t care what it is, I’m going to write it. I’m not only going to write it, I’m going to write it good, and it’s going to be good. Does it mean others will think it’s good? I don’t know, but I don’t really care. I’m still going to make it happen and do my best, and it’s going to be good for me, which in the end means it’s good.
You see, I had the ambition that I was going to become a writer. I had the dedication, I had the repetition, I’ve written so many of the same things over and over again. I’ve had the perseverance (didn’t care what anyone thought, and still don’t, I write for myself), and I have so much confidence that I’m unbreakable.
So where am I today?
Today, I’m a full time writer, earning a pretty good income off of my work (odd for not passing any english classes right?). Whether or not you like what I have to say or think I’m a good writer, doesn’t really matter. I’m doing it and I’m doing it well enough for me to call it a success.
I’ve exceeded my wildest dreams and expectations and I don’t plan on stopping. The reason I wrote this article is so that you would have some insight as to how I did it. I hope that some of you will be inspired to tackle your dreams, do what you want to do, and be what you want to be.
Life is too short and you only live once. And if you believe in reincarnation, good for you, get everything you can in this life and when you come back do it all over again.
Never give up on your dreams!