The 10 Things Successful People Live By Before They Make It
Written by: Chad Howse of Chad Howse Fitness

Here’s an interesting twist regarding success. The following reblog is not about what successful people do, but rather what they did in their pursuit of success.
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REBLOG: Source: Joel of Addicted2 Success


(1) They didn’t use excuses.

“We all have two voices. There’s the voice that tells us to work hard, to focus on the task at hand and to finish it before we move on to the next. And to finish it well.

We also have the voice that tells us to take a break, to think about what’s on TV, or to visit a site that we like to visit that entertains us – whether it’s or Facebook.

In life we’re the victim of injustice from time to time. It could be a promotion that we deserve but don’t get. No matter who we are, we’re going to be treated unfairly at some point. We can either feel sorry for ourselves, or push forward and put it behind us – even use it as motivation.

Nelson Mandela
South African President.
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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela could have used his unjust imprisonment as an excuse to give into his anger. Instead, he used it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and eventually free others.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela

Listen to your excuses. Understand why you have them. Then figure out how you can use them for good.”

(2) It wasn’t just about them.

“Things can be a motivator, they can even be a reward, but they can’t be the motivator. The truly successful in life always get there because they created change in the lives of others, not just their own.

If something drives you that is greater than just the ‘ends’, we’re going to work harder, longer, and we’re going to give more of ourselves to our project.

Yes we can make money when we have the primary goal of making money. Some might even use that money for good – which is awesome. But there’s no fulfillment in simply making money. And isn’t that the point?”

(3) Early mornings and late nights.

“People who have achieved true success in their lives have worked for it.

This might come at the detriment of other areas of their lives, such as family or social life. But their mission is first and foremost. Until it’s complete, everything else comes second.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
16th U.S. President.
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There’s literally no substitute for hard work. Abraham Lincoln said, “Things may come to those who wait… but only the things left by those who hustle.” If you want to be successful, you’re going to have to out hustle everyone else.”

Abraham Lincoln

(4) The greatest commodity.

“Energy is a huge commodity that is often not talked about. Yes, energy in the sense of fuel and electricity is talked about everywhere, but I’m talking about our own energy levels.

The fact is that the more energy we have, the easier it is to focus, and the higher the quality of our work is.

Richard Branson

Richard Branson

Richard Branson
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One of Richard Branson‘s ‘keys to success’ is staying in great physical shape. So would raised energy levels be the greatest benefit to working out? It may be.

Richard Branson

Keeping physically fit gives us greater blood-flow to our brain, enhanced alertness and improved focus. Make training a routine part of your life and increase your chances at success – in every meaning of the word.”

(5) Principles.

“History will be kind to me. For I intend to write it.

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill
Prime Minister
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Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill had principles. The difference between him and the rest of us, is that he stuck to his principles at all costs. He didn’t waver when they weren’t popular – an extreme rarity in politics.

Winston Churchill

What are your principles? All of us should have them, know what they are, and live our lives by them.

One of Apple’s principles is to bring change to the world through technology, and they do it with every product they release.

Identify what principles you have that guide your life through tough times, and when things couldn’t be any better. They shouldn’t change, and at your core, neither should you.”

(6) Wavering, yet unbreakable faith.

“We all have moments of doubt. Even the best of us question if our dream is going to come true. The one thing that separates the truly successful from those who never reach their true potential is an unbreakable faith in the fact that what they’re doing is right.

Even if they have moments of doubt, they’re soon quelled, where other’s listen to that doubt and let it eat them up and finally they quit.

Have your moments of doubt. You’re human. Just don’t let that doubt eat you up. Instead let it motivate you to prove your optimism right.”

(7) A reason.

“Many of the greatest accomplishments in the world were accomplished by insecure men and women, people who had something to prove to others. A desire to elevate their status and create change that was so strong, that failure is simply never an option.

Abraham Lincoln‘s reason(s) had to do a lot with his view of himself in relation to how other’s viewed him. Where others saw a poor, illiterate boy, Lincoln saw someone capable of achieving more, even if he had to do it completely on his own. He also saw the need for change. A nation that preached freedom wasn’t free. He saw something fundamentally wrong with this and set out to change it. His why wasn’t about him. Which in turn made him one of history’s great men.

Understand why. You have that reason to work when others sleep, to sacrifice a safe life for a risky one with no ceiling. Find it by asking why, and not stopping until you hit your core, emotional reason for wanting to change your status, or the status of others.”

(8) They persevered when others didn’t.

“How does the guy who quit on his dream know how long it would’ve taken him to become a success? He doesn’t. None of us do. It could be tomorrow, or ten years from now.

What separates a lot of the great people we read about in our history books from those we’ve never heard of is the fact that they never quit. Quitting was never an option. They only stopped when they reached their dream. And even then, they created a new mission.

James Braddock Heavyweight Boxing Champion – Click on left picture to read bio.

James Braddock

James Braddock

Take James J. Braddock, or even Nelson Mandela, for example. They didn’t achieve their greatness or success early on in their careers or in life like some. They achieved it after surviving. They survived while others literally died, or quit. In their cases it wasn’t just that they were the best, but they were the best because of what they endured. They were the last one’s standing.

James Braddock

We don’t know when our breakthrough will come. So don’t guarantee your failure by quitting. You can adapt, change, and evolve, but never, never, never quit.”

(9) Great people relentlessly studied their craft.

Tony Gwynn Major League Baseball All-Star – Click on left picture to read bio.

Tony Gwynn

“Tony Gwynn and Mike Tyson studied their craft as much as anyone. Gwynn spent hours upon hours studying opposing pitchers. He studied their patterns. He wasn’t the most athletic guy around, but he put his work in to be the best at what he did: hit baseballs.

Tony Gwynn

Mike Tyson
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
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Mike Tyson

When people think of Tyson, they think of an animal, but what we fail to see is the student. No one studied boxing like Tyson did. Watched more film than anyone in the history of the sport. He was a student first, a fighter second.

Mike Tyson

These great athletes studied film, but how can we perfect our craft?

Using myself as an example; much of my job has to do with writing, and obviously fitness. So, I study those two things. I read books about how to become a better writer, ways to connect with the reader, and I simply read great books written by authors who are much better at writing than I am. If you’re in sales, read and study sales. If you’re a marketer, then do the same with marketing.

Being a drone that simply goes through the motions is no way to achieve greatness. Assuming success is something you want, you have to study your craft, whatever it may be. Learn it inside and out. Build a wealth of knowledge. It’ll help you create great, inspiring, and unique work.”

(10) Risk.

“No risk, no reward. Yes it’s an over-used, cliché of a phrase. But it’s true. Those who have achieved real success have often risked the most to get there.

There have been billions of people throughout history who have had the ability to achieve greatness, whether it was the talent or smarts, they had it. What they didn’t have was the guts to risk the life that they were living. They also didn’t have the work ethic to see their talent realized.

The greatest tragedy in life is wasted talent ~ A Bronx Tale

Your big, audacious dream might be to marry the girl of your dreams and have a family with her. Your risk might be to leave the career that you love in order to support her and your family. Your dream might be to help millions live longer, healthier lives. Whatever your dream is, give it enough of a chance to be realized.

Risk if you truly want to see the reward.”

“Find your dream. Then risk everything to get it.”

Written By: Chad Howse –

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“Entrepreneurship is living a few years of your life like most people won’t so that you can spend the rest of your life like most people can’t.”


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What It Takes To Be Successful



No Job Is Forever!

(View video of what Steve Jobs has to say on Success)

In preparation for this article, I set out to determine the most common qualities of the highly successful. As you might image many have written on this topic. However, a consensus or listing of common attributes was difficult to ascertain.

We’ve all heard it said, do what you love and you will never work another day in your life! While I get that, I’d love to be paid to do what I would do anyway. The truth is, however, that even though our hobbies, for example, may not feel like work, we tend to put in many hours and work very hard at perfecting whatever that thing is that we enjoy so much.

So, start your business –

  • Doing What You Are Good At –
    That should be a good start toward producing an excellent product or service.

  • Do What You Love – (if you are good at it)
    You’re likely to be a happier camper every day. Now when is that ever a bad thing?

    I find that I tend to enjoy quite a bit those things that I am good at. How about you?

    The flip side, I’m sure I would love to sing on stage (preferably with an instrument in hand). However, while I’m happy belting out songs loudly and out of tune in my shower or in my car, the fact is no one is ever going to pay to listen.

  • Love What You Do –
    If you are unhappy in your business life with what you do or your business environment, success is likely to be difficult to obtain. We’ve all worked with people who hated their jobs – not good – for anyone!

  • Always Be Who You Are –
    Stay true to yourself – I’ve heard it said the surest route to unhappiness is trying to please everyone. (Bill Cosby – I believe) It just cannot be done.
    So Focus Your Efforts.

  • Remember, You Only Fail If You Stop Trying.
    Everything along the way is just your journey to success.

I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

~Thomas A. Edison, Prolific Inventor~

The rest of your life (potentially) is a very long time to walk in shoes that don’t fit properly. So, at the very least, pursue something that you enjoy. You can always learn more about it and partner with other experts.

(View video of what Steve Jobs has to say on Success)

As Explained by Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs


“If you look at the ones that ended up being successful in the eyes of society, often times it’s the ones who love what they do, so they could persevere when it got really tough.” Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

~Click Pic to Read Bio~

Steve Jobs explains The Rules For Success


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Starting A Small Business: 7 Deadly Sins

by Nellie Akalp

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“A small business owner’s life can be a real roller coaster. There’s no road map, and pitfalls lurk around every corner. While making mistakes may be a great way to learn, it’s a lot better to avoid them in the first place.” Nellie Akalp.
(read more here)

(1) Don’t Underestimate A Business Plan. If you’re launching…

(2) Don’t Incorporate as the Wrong Business Entity. Your business’ legal structure…

Business Sins

Potential Business Pitfalls

(3) Don’t pick Delaware or Nevada for the state of incorporation if you don’t live there. Many business owners think…

(4) Don’t underestimate the importance of a Business Name. A business begins with…

(5) Don’t Fall into a Discount Trap. At the beginning…

(6) Don’t go against your Intuition. Intuition is a critical…

(7) Don’t Be Afraid to Fail. If you’re scared…

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Starting A Small Business: 7 Deadly Sins


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by Deborah Jacobs


How To Make Money Without A Job


An Excellent article on Entrepreneurship!  Hope you enjoy.


“Before joining the staff of Forbes in July of 2011, I was happily self-employed for 23 years.

Leave yourself a financial safety net. While creditors…

Do what you know. Don’t waste…

Find a comfortable workspace. It’s important…

Spend judiciously. New technologies…

Create digital footprints. These days…

Present a professional image. Answer calls…

Go after more work than you can handle. In the early…

Charge what the market will bear. While eager…

Get help as you need it. By hiring…

Build a support team. Exchange…”



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How To Make Money Without A Job – Forbes




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Uploaded by Stanford Business on Mar 23, 2010

♦ What things typically trip up an entrepreneur in starting and running a company?

♦ Is it getting the right business partner? Is it having the killer technology?

♦ How does one recover from major setbacks?

♦ A panel of seasoned entrepreneurs, angels, venture capitalists, and board members discuss the common pitfalls most new entrepreneurs encounter when building their businesses.

Check out this great video!

Part of 2010 Conference on Entrepreneurship.


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Top 10 Mistakes Made by Entrepreneurs



by Meghan Casserly

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 by Meghan CasserlyForbes Staff  October 18, 2012


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