Success doesn’t come easy & that’s the biggest reason why so many never see it.
If you want to be successful you’ve got to make bold; strategic decisions to rise above mediocrity. This could mean working longer hours, perfecting your craft by reading & learning more, taking on more monumental risks, or changing the people you hang around most often.
It’s lonely at the top. Take a page from billionaire tycoons Sam Walton, Bill Gates, & Rockefeller. These gentleman, along with other titans, all were/are criticized & condemned for their personal & business successes. They innovated new ways to do business when competitors wanted things to stay the way they were. They broke the rules when others were to afraid of the outcomes. They dominated their market while others stared in envy; belief was if you weren’t top 3 in your market then you shouldn’t be there.
They made astute business deals which exploited all available profit sources by leveraging unfair advantages against the competition. Faster, better, smarter, deeper pockets. Things they earned.
They took what others were merely good at & perfected it, because they understood what already works works well just needs to be optimized to work better. Polish.
This famous quote from Sam Walton sums it up nicely:
“Most everything I’ve done I’ve copied from someone else.”
Successful people are perfectly prepared to encounter enemies by playing to win with tenacity & ingenuity while making the most of any good fortune that comes along, including competitor mistakes.
Successful people look to gain an edge. This could be in the form of noticeable competitive differentiation or teaming up with the best minds & bravado organizations so to be around more successful people. Jim Rohn, master motivator, held the belief that you become the average of the 5 people you hang out the most with.
Ross Perot may have said it even better:
“Eagles don’t flock. You have to find them one at a time.”
If you want to achieve more success then you must do things others aren’t willing to do. Negotiate harder, don’t give up after a few tries, get out of your comfort zone, stand apart from the crowd, & don’t be afraid to back down to anyone. No matter how they try to bring you down. You have every right to gain more than those who wish to stay mediocre.
Mediocrity is easy because it’s always at its best.
Successful people often upset the status quo by doing something better than anyone else can – which usually attracts loads of criticism from those with vested interests who liked things just the way they were; mediocre.