By Colin Campbell
There's a saying that the fastest way to become a millionaire is to sit beside one. But what if you don't know someone like this to sit down with?
Well you could study some highly successful people in order to discover what makes them successful. Brian Tracy, a leading personal development specialist, says, “Success leaves clues”. If you can find someone enjoying the success you would like, you could just copy them. However, not everyone has the observation and deductive reasoning skills of Sherlock Holmes or Poirot. So, how do you gain the knowledge you need, in order to enjoy the success you desire?
I was faced with this dilemma. I’d set up my own business in 2005 after a successful corporate career. I quickly found that no matter how hard I worked, I struggled. Being resourceful, I spoke to quite a few people further down the road than me, unfortunately none of them had been or were going through the challenges I faced.
I bought and read many books written by successful self made business people. I picked up lots of advice along the lines of, “If I can do it, you can too!” After quite a few years of searching, trying and struggling I came to the conclusion that most of the writers of the books and people offering advice, didn’t understand that people differ. You could be successful if you followed their advice, just as long as you started off with the same thought patterns as them. Or to put it another way, “If you want to get to Dublin, you don’t want to start from where you are, you want to start from where I started.”
Along the way I came to realise that for me, any success I would have in business was linked to success I would have in life. They were intricately woven together. As I worked at developing my business, I spent a considerable time researching and studying personal development and what it takes to be successful.
I read countless books. One book I read by one of the world’s top sports coaches describes how he helped a famous baseball player go from struggle to become the highest paid player in the game. The player essentially embarked on his journey in one afternoon. After I read the book I followed the exercises and still failed. It completely perplexed me as to how someone could change their thought patterns and begin to achieve their dreams in one afternoon. I then bought every book I could find on the player in order to find the clues that I was missing. This approach did not help me to replicate his success.
Six years on I now know I've been on a journey and have visited frustration many times......