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“Success Is Not the Result of Making Money; Earning Money Is the Result of Success.”

August 30, 2013

Today’s tip was inspired by a powerful quote by Earl Nightingale about putting in effort to make things happen.

What You Want Is Not Instant

A kid (or anybody else) in the gym isn’t going to turn an out-of-shape body into that of a world class athlete, or even lose five pounds, in a single day.

By the same token, you’re not going to get the life or business you want without putting in the effort to make it happen.

Earl Nightingale, known as “The Dean of Personal Development,” has a great quote about this…

Your success will always be measured by the quality and quantity of service you render. Most people will tell you that they want to make money, without understanding this law. The only people who make money work in a mint. The rest of us must earn money. This is what causes those who keep looking for something for nothing, or a free ride, to fail in life. Success is not the result of making money; earning money is the result of success — and success is in direct proportion to our service.

Most people have this law backwards. It’s like the man who stands in front of the stove and says to it: “Give me heat and then I’ll add the wood.” How many men and women do you know, or do you suppose there are today, who take the same attitude toward life? There are millions. We’ve got to put the fuel in before we can expect heat. Likewise, we’ve got to be of service first before we can expect money. Don’t concern yourself with the money. Be of service … build … work … dream … create! Do this and you’ll find there is no limit to the prosperity and abundance that will come to you. timer

Nothing is ever free. Somebody always pays the cost.

How to Start a New Habit

From my experience, here are the most important aspects of starting a new habit…

1. Know why.

Before you start anything, know why you’re doing it. A good “why” will give you the strength you need to keep going when things get tough. And if you’re thinking big enough and taking action on your goals, things can get tough pretty fast…

2. Commit to the process.

Personally, there is nothing I’ve ever accomplished where the end result was what I thought it would be when I started. I think it’s this way for most people, if not everybody.

I see this all the time in my work in the music business — when it comes to being “rich and famous,” what artists think they’re getting into at the beginning is never what they actually get in the end.

So what’s the solution?

To guarantee a good experience in your journey, regardless of the outcome, you must have appreciation for the journey itself. Understand that the process, more then the end goal, is important because the process is what gets you clear on the results you want. And without the process, the end goal is unlikely to happen.

Let’s take another look at the “rich and famous” goal so many people have…

You can get famous any number of ways. Recently, the trend of “reality television” has made unknown people famous overnight.

But what happens to those people? While some make a few bucks and have fame beyond their few weeks on television, most disappear as quickly as they arrived.

Compare that to the musicians, actors, writers, artists, and others who commit to the process of getting good. With them, “rich and famous” not only emerges, it sticks around longer.

The process, even though it’s a pain in the ass, is essential to longterm success, so learn to appreciate it.

3. Do it daily.

Take action daily. Doing anything less is too easy to skip. You think, “I’ll do it tomorrow.” When you do something daily, that’s no longer an excuse to slack off, because, since you’re taking action daily, you’ll already be doing it tomorrow.

What you want isn’t the result of having a hobby or random like winning a lottery, so don’t treat what you’re doing like this. Treat it like a craft that takes slow and steady progress to be successful. Give it the time and space needed to be excellent and you will be rewarded.

Get clear on why you want it, commit to the process, and take action now.

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