Reading multiple “how to” blogs and books is a complete waste of time and here’s why…
The secret to success in life is simple. It goes like this:
- Decide what the One Thing you really want to do is.
- Work relentlessly at being great at doing it.
- After you’ve been working at it for a while honestly appraise whether you are talented enough in this area to succeed (believe me, I have seen enough live music to know that sometimes hard work just ain’t enough to cover for complete lack of talent).
- Keep working at it.
- Get it out there (don’t hide under a bushel).
- Don’t get distracted.
- Keep working at it until you succeed.
This is the conclusion I have come to after years and years of digesting just about all the self-help and “how to” literature that one man should ever read.
Of course everybody’s journey is different and I am generalizing, but my point is that at the end of any self-help journey this is where you end up if you are actually going to go on and succeed.
At one point in my life I needed to read all those books and blog posts, but it all lead me back to the conclusion that drove me onward and upward when I was younger adult (and was doing quite well for myself – before I got distracted). This conclusion is simple:
If you do things, things get done.
So if you are looking for a magic bullet, there it is. Put down the self-help book, unsubscribe from the How-to blogs and to quote one of the world’s more successful individuals, Jerry Seinfeld: “Just work.”
In case you simply aren’t ready to follow this advice, then here are links to two of the more to-the-point and useful “how to succeed” posts that I have come across (but you’d be better just to get to work right now and save the reading until their is no way you could be working, which is not very often).
The 3 Secrets To Success (says it’s about online marketing success but the points apply across the board).
As for me – I am tired of reading self-help and how-to books (unless I need a specific piece of technical knowledge) and I am convinced that the only way forward is just to work hard towards what I want (and know I am good at). I am so convinced that this is true that I am as of 2009 – documenting my journey towards my goals to prove that I am right.