ARE YOU ENTITLED TO SUCCESS?
Success, that majestic word often eludes many. The truth is success is different for everyone as we all have unique and individual goals that we are trying to achieve, whether they be winning a Bodybuilding or Fitness Competition or buying to dream home or dream car. Why do some people attract success while others don’t, is there some hidden secret? Have the successful read more Anthony Robbins books or are they just plain lucky? Let me share my thoughts on success, using the Fitness Industry as an example. A sad but all too common trait I see in this industry... The folk that say “Oh nobody has done anything for me, or when they achieve a “Little” success, they preach...oh I have made it all on my own”. Stop, right there! First off, nobody has made it all on their own in any avenue. The truth is, every experience that you have, path you cross, coach or trainer you have, gym you trained at has had an effect on where you are at this moment in time. Yes some experiences may appear bad at first, but if you prevail something good will come of it. In fact some of the most tragic ordeals I have gone through in my life changed my path entirely. In fact I wouldn’t even be here in Australia writing this very article if it wasn’t for some “Bad” experiences that happened at certain points in time! What matters in the end is how you deal with both the good and the bad, because its these moments that make up our life. It will never be all wine and roses. How you deal with what life throws at your will determine not only your path but the success you attract in life. Yes, you do in fact “Attract” success it is not something that you can go out and buy. In fact success is more about what you “Give Back” than what you take. When I say give back, I am not talking money I am talking life fundamentals, your time, gratitude, appreciation, empathy. The problem is when some people achieve a little bit of success, lets say win a competition they have this sense of “Entitlement”. They expect gold to rain down from above because they feel entitled. But are you really entitled to success? By collecting an award or trophy you have taken something, but what have you to give in return? Success is not about taking, its about giving. It’s about using your success to give back, and the first thing you can do is acknowledge those that have helped you along the way. Because you have NOT made it on your own, nobody has or ever will. In the business world there is no such thing as a “Self Made Millionaire” To succeed you need someone to produce your product, and you need loyal customers to buy your product... Success is a partnership, its a team effort, not a one man or one woman show! If you are sponsored by a supplement company, do you just expect an endless supply of free product because you look buff?... What do you do for the company in return? If I could write a list of the people I have helped in this industry either with my own time, financially or career wise it would stretch around the world. Then it’s disappointing when I hear some of the people I have helped out say, oh I made it all on my own! Welcome to the “Entitled Generation” where they expect everything, owe nobody anything, but expect the world. Let me just say right here and now, this is not success. Every truly successful person is always thinking what more they can give. Those with fleeting success are always thinking what more can I take, or am I owed! I believe Social media is somewhat to blame because it has distorted what “Real Success” is. However its hypocritical when people post how they have made it all on their own! If they made it all on their own, why do they need fans and followers! So by rights they should shut down all their accounts because they don’t need any fans! Success comes from taking every experience whether good or bad, using it to shape your future, and at the same time giving something back to the industry.... Simple things like, gratitude, appreciation, a thank you, acknowledgement. Don’t ignore the past and write off everyone, or everything that has indeed in some way got you to where you are at this moment in time! One way to secure failure is to let your “self” get in the way of your own success!