“…that you may make your way prosperous and you may have good success.” Joshua 1:8
In this edition, I wish to share some things Remarkable Successful people do. There are 8 habits I wish to share with us to learn from, and the bible character I also set as our model is King David.
Remarkably Successful people do not create back-up plans.
Back-up plans can help you sleep easier at night. Back-up plans can also create an easy way out when times get tough. But you will work a lot harder and a lot longer if your primary plan simply has to work because there is no other option. Total commitment, without a safety net, will spur you to work harder than you ever imagined possible. If somehow the worst does happen (and the “worst” is never as bad as you think) trust that you will find a way to rebound. As long as you keep working hard and keep learning from your mistakes, you always will. What backup plans did David create when he confronted Goliath? What were his backup plans when he left his people to be captured as he went out on war? The only thing the bible wrote was that he encouraged himself. What were his backup plans when Saul was after his life? It was a matter of life and death, either I survive or I perish! This made him to record remarkable success, he worked hard and kept learning from his mistakes until success was achieved.
Remarkably Successful people do the work…
You can be good with a little effort. You can be really good with a little more effort. But you can’t be great – at anything – unless you put in an incredible amount of focused effort. Scratch the surface of any person with rare skills and you’ll find a person who has put thousands of hours of effort into developing those skills. There are no short-cuts. There are no overnight successes. That David killed Goliath with one stone wasn’t a magic, it was a function of Skill plus Grace. The number of hours David put into shooting practices, the number of attempts at wolves, tigers and lions that attempted the lives of the sheep he shepherded; all these were the cumulative memory he had when he confronted Goliath. He did not have an overnight success or else killing Goliath would have been the end of his soldering story, but nay, he killed more than a Goliath. David skills on strings and in musical composition were as a result of constant, consistent, continuous practices. No wonder he wrote in Psalm 33 verse 3 “Compose new songs of praise to him,accompanied skilfully on the harp…” He understood that skilfulness is the key to remarkable success in music and in everything. Asaph confessed of the skilfulness of David when he wrote in Psalm 78 verse 72 that David led his people with “integrity of heart and skilful hand”
…and they work a lot more.
Every extremely successful entrepreneur works more hours than the average person-a lot more. They have long lists of things they want to get done. So they have to put in lots of time. Better yet, they want to put in lots of time. If you don’t embrace a workload other would consider crazy, then your goal doesn’t mean that much to you–or it’s not particularly difficult to achieve. Either way you won’t be remarkably successful. Only God knows how early David woke up and how late he slept, for him to have cumulative skills recorded about him. A master shooter, a skilful musician, composer and song arranger; a skilful song writer, a skilful dancer, a skilful organizer and motivator, a skilful shepherd and filled with integrity; what more? I think he could be called a successful entrepreneur. He has more to accomplish within 24 hours, he surely works more hour than an average person, because of the long list of things he had to get done within a day, so he needed to put in lots of time; no wonder he recorded remarkable success.
Remarkably Successful people avoid the crowds.
Conventional wisdom yields conventional results. Joining the crowd – no matter how trendy the crowd or “hot” the opportunity – is a recipe for mediocrity. Remarkably successful people habitually do what other people won’t do. They go where others won’t go because there’s a lot less competition and a much greater chance for success. Avoiding crowds is synonymous with lone ranger, not that they don’t have followers but they do things differently from others. History revealed how David refused to maintain status quo. He never followed the crowd about their feelings on Goliath, he did not see a giant but he saw an ant, an infidel that wasn’t different from the lions he killed in the desert; He never praised nor worshipped his God the way other people did, his wife complained about this and got punished by God. He refused to maintain the status quo on the place of worship built for is Yahweh, he desired to do things other leaders never did before, he initiated the plan for a temple for his God, he received God blessings and God established a successor plan for him. He was never a status quo leader and he became successful by doing what other people won’t do. All these yielded a remarkable success for him, because he knew that doing the same thing over and over again will bring the same result, he wanted an unconventional result he did the things he did unconventionally. He rejected the conventional armoury that Saul gave to him to fight Goliath, because the armoury never produced result for them but created fear, was the armoury not with them when they were all shivering before Goliath? But he took up the armour of God that gave him confidence to face Goliath and killed him. He rejected the conventional tit-for-tat syndrome leaders usually extend to their perceived enemies when they get the mantle of office, and put on the cloth of compassion. Yea! He extended the compassion even to the House of Saul and requested “Is anyone left in the House of Saul, I want to be kind to him?” 2 Samuel 9:3. What a remarkably successful leader?
Remarkably Successful People start at the end…
Average success is often based on setting average goals. Decide what you really want: to be the best, the fastest, the cheapest, the biggest, whatever. Aim for the ultimate. Decide where you want to end up. That is your goal. Then you can work backwards and lay out every step along the way. Never start small where goals are concerned. You’ll make better decisions – and find it much easier to work a lot harder – when your ultimate goal is ultimate success. David’s goal when he saw Goliath was to get him killed. That was the end everybody was aiming at, but no one could see the possibilities. He decided where he wanted to end up with Goliath, then walk backwards and laid every step along the way. “What will be done to the man who killed this infidel?” This was his first step, he wanted to know the reward plan, then picked the stones and brought out his sling, the process started and the ultimate was success. Yea! He made history and was recorded among the remarkably successful people.
… And they don’t stop there.
Achieving a goal – no matter how huge – isn’t the finish line for highly successful people. Achieving one huge goal just creates a launching pad for achieving another huge goal. Maybe you want to create a N100 million business; once you do you can leverage your contacts and influence to create a charitable foundation for a cause you believe in. Then your business and humanitarian success can create a platform for speaking, writing, and thought leadership. Then, the process of becoming remarkably successful in one field will give you the skills and network to be remarkably successful in many other fields. Remarkably successful people don’t try to win just one race. They expect and plan to win a number of subsequent races. David had no choice than to continue from where he stopped with Goliath, a standard had been created that left him with no choice, a launching pad for achieving another huge goal was created. He had been anointed a King secretly, rivalry between him and Saul, people of similar problems have located him and made him their leaders; he had become a vagabond in his homeland. Gosh! He had to win number of subsequent races. And what was the consequence. He won and became a remarkably successful person.
Some business owners and CEOs were once asked to name the one skill they felt contributed the most to their success. Each said the ability to sell. Keep in mind selling isn’t manipulating, pressuring, or cajoling. Selling is explaining the logic and benefits of a decision or position. Selling is convincing other people to work with you. Selling is overcoming objections and roadblocks. Selling is the foundation of business and personal success: knowing how to negotiate, to deal with “no,” to maintain confidence and self-esteem in the face of rejection, to communicate effectively with a wide range of people, to build long-term relationships… When you truly believe in your idea, or your company, or yourself then you don’t need to have a huge ego or a huge personality. You don’t need to “sell.” You just need to communicate. Read the book of Psalms, you will see the salesman skill of David, Yea! He was a great communicator.
They are never too proud.
To admit they made a mistake; to say they are sorry; to have big dreams; to admit they owe their success to others; to poke fun at themselves; to ask for help; to fail; And to try again. Jeff Haden learned much of what he knows about business and technology as he worked his way up in the manufacturing industry. Everything else he picks up from ghost writing books for some of the smartest leaders he knows in business. If you study the life of David, you will agree that this was who he was. He admitted his mistake when he was confronted with it; he said sorry many times; he had big dreams; he admitted he owed his success to God and to his people; he asked for help admitting his weaknesses; he was never proud of admitting he failed and he often tried again.
What do we make out of this? I think for me it gingered me towards aspiring with my dream and doing it right, because I must be recorded among the Remarkable Successful People. I will pray and do my best; I must take up the responsibility, no matter what the challenges may be I will surely be at top, and become a remarkable successful person. So help me God! What about you?
See you at the top.
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