I have earned no business degrees in school, however, quite a few have been earned in real life – in the trenches and on the field as a self-employed mother of 3.
Like many entrepreneurs, what drives me in life is a passion to help and the need to be free. I never like to give up control of how my life is to be lived; in other words, I am ‘genetically unemployable’. Guided by my Faith in God and a desire to do right by others, even when there’s a roadblock, personally, I find ways to continue.
I cannot begin to tell you how many people have wanted to know what it takes to be successful. “What’s the secret?” they ask. This is one of the reasons why I started blogging back in 2009, so that we can have a continuing discussion on this fascinating topic of ‘success’. The truth is, success is not about one thing we do or a good decision that we make. It is really about wanting it and working hard towards achieving it. Success is a journey, not a destination. It is also an adventurous voyage of self-discovery.
Today, permit me to share three things that I believe are at the core of achieving at a high level:
In order to survive in today’s world, you must be MENTALLY STRONG. In other words, your mind has to be fit and alert just like the body when it is pushed physically.
Mentally strong means completely ridding our minds of the ‘victim mentality’ as only the strong survive in business. I read somewhere a long time ago that the only ones who succeed are those who MUST. You cannot afford to fold every time a challenge comes at you, or someone says something you don’t like or talks to you in a certain way; you must not give in to doubt. It is important to build an inner shield around your dreams, to grow a strong mental backbone.
In the words of Napoleon Hill, “Big pay and little responsibility are circumstances seldom found together.” I have seen people truly disappointed because they found out things were not as easy as they thought. Nothing worth having comes easily. Knowing that challenges will come is a sure step in the right direction.
Continue reading in my book: HOW TO WORK FOR YOURSELF: Discover The Success Principles I Learned From Being Self-Employed For 20 Years