When you begin to taste the sweetness of success, there are many pitfalls to watch out for. You really can be your own worst enemy. There are many temptations that can lead you away from your goals.
They come in many forms.
Advisors telling you only what you wanna hear, the lure of easy money from dubious characters, excess consumption of alcohol or the allure of drugs, folks of the opposite sex with questioning motives, and on it goes. It can be a minefield and it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of success.
That’s why it’s important you have your own set of rules you live by. A strict set of guidelines to keep you on the straight and narrow. Because I’ve seen too many talented folks come unstuck. They did everything they could to sabotage their success.
Look, I’m the last guy to tell you not to enjoy life. If you know me, been out with me, read my stuff, you know I enjoy the good life. Good wine, good food, great people and conversation, is the juice I need to keep me going. But the work comes first. Do the work then party. It’s that simple.
To an outsider, the work I do writing newsletters, speeches, products, copy etc. seems very creative. Nothing could be further from the truth. Writing is actually a product of enormous self-imposed discipline. Being a pro-writer means plunking myself down in this chair, shedding my mind of ALL distractions, then NOT moving until the work is done. Glamorous it ain’t. But that’s the truth.
Most times, those who wish to do what I do fail because they haven’t the discipline to stick with it. Many have talent, but they haven’t the sheer willpower to focus on the job at hand and get the work done. They are too easily distracted. Too easily led astray. Too easily sidetracked. Some succeed for a while but then burn out. Some never succeed at all.
The point is, life is a grand adventure and I try to suck out every last second. I work hard and I play hard. That’s who I am. And look, sure, sometimes, I play too hard and maybe one day I will grow up (but I’m not betting on it).
However, the work comes first. No work, no party. That’s why many have come and gone but I’m still here. Because I understand the importance of discipline. I understand there’s a “party side” to me that must be managed to maintain and grow my success. And I surround myself with advisors that give it to me straight.
Above all, I’m clearly focused on what’s best for me and my family and what’s best for my Clients and Newsletter Members. Nothing and nobody will ever lead me away from the rules I’ve set.
A good exercise for you is to be aware of any distractions in your life that are moving you further away from your goals. Make a big damn list. Think long and hard about the distractions and temptations in your life and which ones you should eliminate immediately. This is liberating stuff. Your productivity will shoot through the roof… and… so will your income.
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