All successful people agree that they were successful because they wanted to do something with their life. They wanted their life to mean something before they left this world. They then set about achieving these goals and as a result, they got rich. Well, great success is about more than money!

Several of the people interviewed by Richard St. John, himself very successful, said they would happily pay someone to do what they were now doing. Education is the key to a rewarding career and a successful life so give it all you’ve got. They enjoyed it that much.

So ask yourself this question, “What do I want my life to mean?”

Then write down your dream life as if it has happened, really see it in your mind’s eye, write down what you will have to give up to achieve that, write a plan to start you on the path to success, lastly write down one simple thing you will do each day to get there.

Now you have written it down it’s real. You have something to work with.

Next do the same for the following areas of your life:

  • Health – because good health is important to success if you want to enjoy it
  • Personal development – remember for your business to grow, you have to grow
  • Relationships – What good is success if when it comes to the end no one cares who you were?
  • Finances – we all would like some extra income


Now you have a final discipline, you have to take those written statements out every day and read and visualize them. Keep them in your thoughts when you are making your daily choices, also to make sure you’re applying to the best college for you. They will act as your guide on the path to success and help you avoid the wrong choices.


Three aspects to learning

There are three aspects to learning in work from home careers:

  1. Book Smart (includes audio books and educational video)
  2. Street Smart
  3. Learning by association


By book smarts I mean you have to focus on formal learning. It is advised you read at least 10 pages a day of books that will help you develop in your business area and your life in general.

Napoleon Hill in his book Think and Grow Rich interviewed many millionaires. They all agreed your way to earning extra money is limited by your personal growth. So you have to grow faster than your business in order for your business to keep growing.


In legitimate home Internet businesses there is usually a lot to learn at first, so you have to work at it. Persistence is one of the 8 attributes of successful people I identified in a previous post.

The best analogy I have is a game of football. The points on the board while the game is in play is called the score. It indicates how well you are doing while you are acting.

You look at the score and if what you are doing is winning you keep doing it or improve further. If you are losing you look at what you have been doing and correct any mistakes. It’s a rhythm of continuously, ‘plan, do, review’.

It’s called the result when the game is over. In the case of a business, the ‘game length’ can be a  financial quarter, six months or a year that’s when you look at results. On a day-to-day basis focus on the score and act to win.


Many studies have shown that our income is roughly the same as the five closest people we regularly associate with. Why? Because we are comfortable in such a group, ‘birds of a feather flock together’ is truer than many people realize.

Now bear in mind you want to be in the 5% success club. Who would it be best to spend more time with, your friends or people who are at the level you want to be?

You guessed it, you have to associate with successful people, talk to them and see what they did and overcame to be successful. Use them as a role model. This is about who you spend time with as opposed to making judgments about your friends.

Tipping the balance towards meeting and exchanging ideas with successful people will make a significant difference to your success. Read also the post “The art of storytelling in life, work, and relationship”.

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