Would you like to know the SINGLE TRAIT that every successful person possesses?
The one characteristic that, if you have it, will guarantee success.
It’s not something you’re born with.
It’s not something you cultivate.
It’s basically a simple switch.
You turn it on, and success is inevitable.
But first, let’s talk about my weekend.
Talk about me, right?
I like doing that.
I took my first Friday off from going out in probably 3 years last weekend.
What was I doing?
Creating affiliate sites, learning CSS, and building backlinks like a madman.
Pretty cool Friday night, right?
What brought me to this point?
As I’m turning 29 in a few weeks, I’ve been looking back on my 20s and how they evolved, how I matured, and how I never could have predicted the path that led me to this point.
I wouldn’t have done it any other way.
Looking to the future, I can see how everything has led to right now, and the potential awesomeness the next few years will bring.
And one life lesson blatantly stands out more than any other.
Do what you love.
I remember floundering around in my mid 20s wondering what I would do with my life.
I’d finished graduate school, started working for RSD, and constantly thought about how my friends and family would view this weird job, how I’d keep my girlfriend, how long I’d do it for…
The questions were endless.
That’s all changed.
The problem is that there is no obvious gameplan for the entrepreneur.
I’ve talked before about how security stifles you.
The true trailblazers are the ones who shun security, take the path less traveled, and are rewarded heavily for taking that risk.
I made the decision years ago, that the traditional “American dream” path was not the way I wanted to live my life.
But MY path, the direction I wanted to go, just wasn’t clear.
How do you find your life path?
And how can you guarantee success?
In Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, (a book I highly recommend, I should probably write a review on it) he talks about the attributes that the most successful people of the 19th and 20th century possessed.
From Thomas Edison, John D. Rockefeller, to Andrew Carnegie, one characteristic is conspicuously redundant.
Pure, bloody, obsessive, life long PASSION in their area of expertise.
The law of attraction and the movie The Secret are basically bastardized versions of this concept.
It’s not “Think and Grow Rich.”
It’s think about it when you are eating breakfast, lunch, and dinner; on the train, in the car, as you talk to your wife, as you drink a beer, as you take a shit, as you buy a watch, as you read a book, as you watch TV, as you take a shower, as you dream at night.
Obsessively PINING over the idea, the concept, your PASSION.
Making it your LIVELIHOOD.
Every action you take, every experience you have is filtered through, “How does this affect (your life goal/business venture/career path)?”
It becomes your sole purpose for living, everything else is just a form of sustenance to keep persisting at working towards that end goal.
Find Your Passion
What do you enjoy?
What hobby could you find in your life that you could fully immerse yourself in?
Let’s say you like music.
Maybe become a DJ.
Don’t just buy a few albums, start looping some generic samples, and get some pretty headphones.
Dive in to the abyss, the extreme, obsess over it, fully immerse yourself in the culture.
Take an excursion to the weird little record store in Ohio where some old dude has those rare vinyl albums from the 50s that no one else can find.
Join forums, find the best software, the best speakers.
Go out and watch the best DJs, start networking with other DJs and night club owners.
Start getting gigs.
Maybe your first show is in the Armani Exchange clothing store. Haha.
But at least it’s a start.
Research on how to promote yourself.
Online, off-line, flyer your city, create a website, give away free CDs, remix a popular track, throw it up on youTube…
You see the theme here?
The true path to success has to come from SERIOUS labor, unceasing work ethic.
It’s an intensive process, mostly unpaid in the beginning, but because you love it, it shouldn’t matter.
I view my path with Real Social Dynamics in a similar fashion.
My weekend programs and phone coaching are my version of Rockefeller in his early years.
Digging in the trenches, hanging out in the factories for a decade before using that knowledge to create true success.
For me it’s week-in, week-out, polishing concepts, answering questions, personal FIRST HAND interaction to see specifically what works and what doesn’t, both for myself and my clients.
The blog is a byproduct of all that, yet part of the process as well.
Further fleshing out concepts, seeing how people respond, learning new promotion tactics, developing a voice, a brand..
Show Me The Money!
I’ve been getting emails from a few guys asking why I’m doing this all for free?
I’ve even had people offer to donate money, or ask that I set up affiliate programs so they can give something back for all the free value.
My guess is that is a good sign.
So how do I plan to monetize the blog?
I have no idea. Haha.
Let’s grab a quote from Think and Grow Rich again.
“The man who does more than he is paid for, will soon be paid for more than he does.”
Eben Pagan says expect to give about 10 times the value you plan to get paid for in return.
This is even more reason to find something you love, and BLOW YOUR VALUE LOAD TO THE WORLD!
Don’t expect anything in return.
If you offer enough value, remuneration will follow.
Just as attraction = value.
MONEY = VALUE
Find the highest leverage way to create an insane amount of value, and don’t worry, financial success will follow.
What is your passion?
Is it an obsession?
Could you immerse yourself even further and create something unique?
I’ve got my gameplan.
Expect even more FREE value soon, I’ve got big plans for BradBranson.com.
It’s gonna be sick!
Happy Monday, see you all tomorrow.