THE 3 KEYS TO SUCCESS

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Success is something that everyone wants to attain. Success is an idea that has gravitated our society towards working hard, in order to retire with enough income to do what we want with the rest of our lives. But what do we need to do in order to be successful?

I have compiled, what I believe, to be the 3 essential KEYS TO SUCCESS. These keys are based on a recent book I read by Mickey Maurer. The book is titled “10 Essential Principles of Entrepreneurship You Weren’t Taught In School.” I was fascinated by the book, and was actually lucky enough to meet the man in person. In the book, he focuses on 10 different principles, but I wanted to go further.

While meeting with Mickey, I asked him what were the 3 essential KEYS TO SUCCESS. He looked at me and said, “Wow, that’s a really broad question. Go read my book, and you’ll be able to find the ones that apply to you.” Now of course he just wanted to promote his book, but he also wanted to me to discover the keys that really APPLY to me. I was awestruck by his perspective. He thought that there are different success keys that apply to different people. That is so true. We are all different, therefore our own keys must fit into our own door to success.

Upon finishing the book, I discovered the three keys that really apply to me.

  1. Find a Mentor

Find a Mentor in the field that you desire to become successful in. Let him teach you how he got to where he is. Try to contact him or her on a weekly basis in order to gain insightful knowledge of the steps that you should be taking to get where they are.

Having a mentor is important because they are much further ahead than you are on your journey to success. They have failed, picked themselves up, failed again, and kept on moving forward. A mentor is aware of the potential challenges that you will face, and will advise you on the correct path to take in order to become successful.

  1. Read!

Try to read at least 30 minutes a day. I can’t stress enough how important this is. Reading engages the human mind, and when the mind is engaged, it learns. Read an article online about a topic you’re interested in. Read a book about a topic that you know nothing about. Either way, you are expanding your knowledge. Knowledge in the Information Economy that we now live in, is power. In order to be successful, you NEED to be powerful, so get reading!

  1. Be Humble

The most important of all of my 3 KEYS TO SUCCESS. Always be humble and never take ANYTHING for granted. Everything can be taken away from you, so remember that you are human, just like everyone else. Look at the Pharaohs of Egypt, or the Emperors of Rome; most of them thought they were Gods, and were assassinated. Why? Because they forgot to be humble; they thought they were invincible, and quickly learned they were actually mortal like the rest of us.

Have some humility. Be human and treat all your peers with respect, and they will return the favor.

Mickey taught me a lot, in meeting with him in person. He is a great guy and I recommend that you reach out to him and talk to him about success; I’m sure he would be more than happy to give you some tips. He is a busy guy though, so it may take him some time to respond.

My challenge for you today is to think about success and what it entails. What do you think are the 3 KEYS TO SUCCESS? Remember – success is different for everyone, so try to come up with keys that are different to the ones that I have listed.

To Your Success,

Euan Swan

“JUST DO IT.” – Nike

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Just do it. The famous Nike slogan couldn’t have put it any better. Just go ahead and do it. What are you waiting for? Why are you busy making excuses, when you could be doing it? The only one who’s stopping you is you.

I used to make up a lot of excuses as to why I couldn’t do it, one of them being the fact that I thought I would fail. Fear, anxiety, what have you, fear got the best of me. It kept me from starting my first blog, letting the public know my opinions, and finally, carving out a path to make my dreams a reality. Fear gets the best of people, but what I have recently realized is that fear is nothing more than a challenge.

When you feel fear, you have two choices, rise to the challenge, or back down. I recently watched a Ted Talk talking about the subject. One thing that the speaker said really stuck with me. She said that when you begin to feel the emotion, rather than let it control you, harness its power. Take charge of the situation, and let it empower you. With this technique, she said that you could move mountains. I tried implementing the technique in some of my classes, and guess what, it worked! Ever since I’ve started using this technique, I always feel so much more confident when I’m giving presentations in front of all my classmates. Fear can control you, but in retrospect, you can actually control it, you just need focus.

Focus on the task at hand, and don’t let anything else into your mind. Once you focus, you don’t allow things like fear, anxiety, or paranoia enter your mind. You are clear to your purpose and confident that you will succeed. I have found that a lot of people find it hard to focus, and allow these negative emotions to control them. For those of you that are affected by anxiety, paranoia, or fear, I challenge you to focus on something. It can be a hobby, a project, or reading. I guarantee that the emotion will dissipate once you do.

Ever since I started on my journey to success, I would say focus has been one of my skills that I have been aspiring to perfect. The skill allows you to micromanage everything that you have planned for your day. For example, you could have 10 different things to get done, all by tomorrow. Now, without focus or confidence, you may think that such a task is incredibly daunting; and may succumb to procrastination, anxiety, or paranoia over getting it done. With focus, you don’t allow yourself to feel these emotions; you take charge of the situation, and make sure that you get everything done in a timely manner.

With focus, you can break down that daunting task into individual parts. Focus on each part, one at a time, and watch that unachievable feat become nothing more than cutting butter with a hot knife. Breaking the feat into individual parts allows you to get one thing done at a time, rather than try to do everything at once. Trying to do everything at once just seems like absolute chaos. Focus on one thing, put all your effort into it, finish it, and then move on, simple. Focus, and watch fear move out of the way.

Don’t allow fear to control your life. Unfortunately, it controls many lives, so much to the point that some people even take their lives because of it. This is very sad indeed. Yes, we are humans that are mostly controlled by our emotions, but it is true that we have a choice as to whether we let them dictate our life. With confidence and focus, I believe you really can control your emotions.

In the words of Will Smith, “Fear is not real. It is a product of thoughts you create. Do not misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” Will couldn’t have said it any better. Your thoughts control what you feel, how you act, and in turn, what you will do with your life. So I challenge you to do one thing, every day, that makes you step outside your comfort zone. Don’t go too far at first, but do something that makes you feel uncomfortable you feel uncomfortable. Trust me, it will feel so damn good after you do. Slowly start stepping more and more out your comfort zone, and I promise you, you will really see how good life can be.

To Your Success,

Euan Swan

Welcome!

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Hello World!

A quick summary of me…

My name is Euan Swan. I am 19 years old and an incredibly enthusiastic entrepreneur! I am dedicated to bettering myself on a daily basis, whether that be mentally, emotionally, psychologically, or physically.

I created this blog…

Not only to share my personal growth as an entrepreneur, but to motivate you to do the same! I will be covering four different topics that I truly believe are the pillars to life. In order to become successful, you must first master all four of these pillars:

1. The Self

2. Health

3. Emotion

4. Wealth

Each pillar has its own section on the blog. Within each section, there are posts that apply….

I look forward to building strong relationships through this blog, and hope to see a cohesive community form.

To Your Success,

Euan Swan