What is the one thing that ALL of the most successful people in the world have? It is the very same thing that, without it, you cannot even become successful!
Ps. Whilst this article is slightly more tailored toward career success, the word successful is open to interpretation, whether you measure success through how happy you are, the success of your relationships, or success in sport, these two similarities apply to any measure of success.
Here, I am talking about drive, followed by persistence. The key to any winning plan.
First of all, every successful person has to have the drive to actually be successful. When I mention drive, personally, I feel it is easy to merely think, ‘drive is when you want to do something or something to happen’. However the true definition of drive in more scientific terms, is the innate, biologically determined urge to attain a goal or satisfy a need.
The word innate, is incredibly important. It means that each and every one of us, have this quality. It’s just about unlocking, realising, revealing, your want, your drive. And it is the urge to attain a goal, to satisfy a need. Now, personally, success is a need for mine. I have the intense desire to be great at whatever I do, the urge. It is a need. That’s drive, and once you’ve got the drive, it’s all about the approach. The drive is the first step though.
A side note for anyone in school…
IT DOES NOT MATTER HOW WELL YOU DO AT SCHOOL, IF YOU HAVE DRIVE, ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE.
This is capitalised because I cannot stress enough, some people do not do well at school, not because they are ‘dumb’ or have a lack of smarts, it is because they do not have the drive to do well at school!
However just because you do not have the drive to be successful at school, does not mean you don’t have the drive to be successful outside of school. SO many kids growing up get discouraged throughout the school system and truly believe they are just, regular, or even below average, and this consequently transfers into life after school, with these same kids continuing on to never discover their true potential, purely because they have been discouraged so far that they have had the drive knocked out of them!
THE BIGGEST MESSAGE I CAN GIVE ANYONE IN SCHOOL IS THIS…
Despite your school grades, if you have the drive to be successful, you can.
Be flexible in your approaches, but stubborn with your goals.Unknown
The next similarity which all of the world’s successful people embody is persistence.
This is slightly intertwined with drive, but if you truly have the desire to reach your goal, you’ll persist as long as you need to, to get there. And this is what the most successful do so well, they are flexible in their method yet absolutely relentless with their goal.
Here are some examples of the most financially successful in the world, and the ages they became billionaires:
- Charles Koch: 53 years
- Michael Bloomberg: 52 years
- Elon Musk: 41 years
- Amancio Ortega: 65 years
- Bernard Arnault: 48 years
- Tiger Woods: 33 years
- Jeff Bezos: 35 years
- Warren Buffet: 56 years
- Jay Z: 49 years
- Sheldon Adelson: 68 years
These ages clearly show immense persistence. Success doesn’t happen overnight. The people above clearly have at least 20 years of persistence, working tirelessly for hours on end to get to this point. That’s the combination of the intense drive to achieve great heights, and the persistence to get there.
Thomas Edison failed 1000 times in creating the lightbulb. It takes 6 months to build a Rolls Royce and 13 hours to build a Toyota. A river doesn’t cut through rock because of its power, but because of its persistence.
A winner is just a loser, who tried one more time. Don’t lose hope and don’t give up, with drive and persistence, you’ll have created an unbreakable combination for success!
And don’t forget, whether it be success in love, happiness, or in your career… Be flexible with your methods, and stubborn about your goal.
Have a super week legends 🙂