The 10 Things Successful People Live By Before They Make It

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The 10 Things Successful People Live By Before They Make It

 

1. They didn’t use excuses.

We all have two voices. There’s the voice that tells us to work hard, to focus on the task at hand and to finish it before we move on to the next. And to finish it well.

We also have the voice that tells us to take a break, to think about what’s on TV, or to visit a site that we like to visit that entertains us – whether it’s ESPN.com or facebook.

In life we’re the victim of injustice from time to time. It could be a promotion that we deserve but don’t get. No matter who we are, we’re going to be treated unfairly at some point. We can either feel sorry for ourselves, or push forward and put it behind us – even use it as motivation.

Nelson Mandela could have used his unjust imprisonment as an excuse to give into his anger. Instead, he used it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and eventually free others.

Listen to your excuses. Understand why you have them. Then figure out how you can use them for good.

2. It wasn’t just about them.

‘Things’ can be a motivator, they can even be a reward, but they can’t be the motivator. The truly successful in life always get there because they created change in the lives of others, not just their own.

If something drives you that is greater than just the ‘ends’, we’re going to work harder, longer, and we’re going to give more of ourselves to our project.

Yes we can make money when we have the primary goal of making money. Some might even use that money for good – which is awesome. But there’s no fulfillment in simply making money. And isn’t that the point?

3. Early mornings and late nights.

People who have achieved true success in their lives have worked for it.

This might come at the detriment of other areas of their lives, such as family or social life. But their mission is first and foremost. Until it’s complete, everything else comes second.

There’s literally no substitute for hard work. Abraham Lincoln said, “Things may come to those who wait… but only the things left by those who hustle.” If you want to be successful, you’re going to have to out hustle everyone else.

4. The greatest commodity.

Energy is a huge commodity that is often not talked about. Yes, energy in the sense of fuel and electricity is talked about everywhere, but I’m talking about our own energy levels.

The fact is that the more energy we have, the easier it is to focus, and the higher the quality of our work is.

One of Richard Branson‘s ‘key’s to success’ is staying in great physical shape. So would raised energy levels be the greatest benefit to working out? It may be.

Keeping physically fit gives us greater blood-flow to our brain, enhanced alertness and improved focus. Make training a routine part of your life and increase your chances at success – in every meaning of the word.

5. Principles.

History will be kind to me. For I intend to write it.

Winston Churchill had principles. The difference between him and the rest of us, is that he stuck to his principles at all costs. He didn’t waver when they weren’t popular – an extreme rarity in politics.

What are your principles? All of us should have them, know what they are, and live our lives bythem.

One of Apple’s principles is to bring change to the world through technology, and they do it with every product they release.

Identify what principles you have that guide your life through tough times, and when things couldn’t be any better. They shouldn’t change, and at your core, neither should you.

6. Wavering, yet unbreakable faith.

We all have moments of doubt. Even the best of us question if our dream is going to come true. The one thing that separates the truly successful from those who never reach their true potential is an unbreakable faith in the fact that what they’re doing is right.

Even if they have moments of doubt, they’re soon quelled, where other’s listen to that doubt and let it eat them up and finally they quit.

Have your moments of doubt. You’re human. Just don’t let that doubt eat you up. Instead let it motivate you to prove your optimism right.

7. A reason.

Many of the greatest accomplishments in the world were accomplished by insecure men and women, people who had something to prove to others. A desire to elevate their status and create change that was so strong, that failure is simply never and option.

Abraham Lincoln‘s reason(s) had to do a lot with his view of himself in relation to how other’s viewed him. Where others saw a poor, illiterate boy, Lincoln saw someone capable of achieving more, even if he had to do it completely on his own. He also saw the need for change. A nation that preached freedom wasn’t free. He saw something fundamentally wrong with this and set out to change it. His why wasn’t about him. Which in turn made him one of history’s great men.

Understand why. You have that reason to work when others sleep, to sacrifice a safe life for a risky one with no ceiling. Find it by asking why, and not stopping until you hit your core, emotional reason for wanting to change your status, or the status of others.

8. They persevered when others didn’t.

How does the guy who quit on his dream know how long it would’ve taken him to become a success? He doesn’t. None of us do. It could be tomorrow, or ten years from now.

What separates a lot of the great people we read about in our history books from those we’ve never heard of is the fact that they never quit. Quitting was never an option. They only stopped when they reached their dream. And even then, they created a new mission.

Take James J. Braddock, or even Nelson Mandela, for example. They didn’t achieve their greatness or success early on in their careers or in life like some. They achieved it after surviving. They survived while others literally died, or quit. In their cases it wasn’t just that they were the best, but they were the best because of what they endured. They were the last one’s standing.

We don’t know when our breakthrough will come. So don’t guarantee your failure by quitting. You can adapt, change, and evolve, but never, never, never quit.

9. Great people relentlessly studied their craft.

Tony Gwynn and Mike Tyson studied their craft as much as anyone. Gwynn spent hours upon hours studying opposing pitchers. He studied their patterns. He wasn’t the most athletic guy around, but he put his work in to be the best at what he did: hit baseballs.

When people think of Tyson, they think of an animal, but what we fail to see is the student. No one studied boxing like Tyson did. Watched more film than anyone in the history of the sport. He was a student first, a fighter second.

These great athletes studied film, but how can we perfect our craft?

Using myself as an example; much of my job has to do with writing, and obviously fitness. So, I study those two things. I read books about how to become a better writer, ways to connect with the reader, and I simply read great books written by authors who are much better at writing than I am. If you’re in sales, read and study sales. If you’re a marketer, then do the same with marketing.

Being a drone that simply goes through the motions is no way to achieve greatness. Assuming success is something you want, you have to study your craft, whatever it may be. Learn it inside and out. Build a wealth of knowledge. It’ll help you create great, inspiring, and unique work.

10. Risk.

No risk, no reward. Yes it’s an over-used, cliché of a phrase. But it’s true. Those who have achieved real success have often risked the most to get there.

There have been billions of people throughout history who have had the ability to achieve greatness, whether it was the talent or smarts, they had it. What they didn’t have was the guts to risk the life that they were living. They also didn’t have the work ethic to see their talent realized.

The greatest tragedy in life is wasted talent ~ A Bronx Tale

Your big, audacious dream might be to marry the girl of your dreams and have a family with her. You risk might be to leave the career that you love in order to support her and your family. Your dream might be to help millions live longer, healthier lives. Whatever your dream is, give it enough of a chance to be realized.

Risk if you truly want to see the reward.

Find your dream. Then risk everything to get it.

 

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Thank you Ellen Degeneres, We are working on being kind to one another! YOU INSPIRE!

I am Jim Barger. My wife, Lori and I visited Shriner‘s Children’s Hospital in Lexington Kentucky this afternoon. We met the AMAZING staff and the INCREDIBLE KIDS there and were SO MOVED by them there is no way we will only keep it to one visit! Our mission is to let EVERYONE know how they, too, can help out in someway.  Whether it be a gift or just a smile and your time. Thank you Beth English and Bethany Alcorn for your awesome guidance! With your acceptance, we would LOVE to visit in the near future! And a very special Thank you to Ellen Degeneres and The Ellen Show!  You continue to inspire us to REALLY BE KIND TO ONE ANOTHER!!

 

My Quest to help, Ellen Degeneres, Are you Listening?

I am creating a new life. My life growing up and until recently has not been easy. From a poor upbringing, financially and literally, I have turned to writing, performing stand up comedy, being an artist, making Jewelry and T-Shirt designs, My life goal is to help people and to help my family change the vicious cycle. I want to write a book about my life someday soon. I know it would help others by hearing my story. I just need an outlet. I have a wonderful 4 yr old daughter. I also have a ten yr old son that I have not seen in a long time. He is with my ex-wife in Michigan. I miss him deeply. I am making the right changes and I look forward to showing him. My wife is an artist as well, in fact her gift to Ellen was Featured on the show on January 30th 2012, the New Orleans Saints Helmet Hat, she seemed to really like it. I make Inspiration Angels as well. I am hoping to get permission to go into the Shriner‘s Children’s Hospital to hand them out to the children and help them produce more hope.

 

The motto for the Angels is, “Spin the Wings, Remember your Blessings”, it helps produce positivity. Send it out and it comes back to you!

Thats what I am intending to do. Namaste.

“Jumping the Shark” – A Movie/TV Geeks Thoughts on Entertainment’s History – Past, Present and Future.

Every 3 to 7 years it seems TV, television programming seems to “jump the shark” in hopes to perk up more ratings.  And with reality television becoming such a main staple and now they are using its contestants.  Yes, I am generalizing and calling ALL those that participate in these shows no matter if purposely labelled a game show or the ones that stick you in a fancy loft with 6 other strangers…you ALL are contestants on “The Truman Show” now.

 

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It doesn’t stop at the credits each week…the tabloids are attacking these average joes like they were the Kennedys.  The Teen pregnacy shows…these poor kids couldn’t juggle Algebra and deciding whether to stop drinking soda all to together ooooooooorrrr just switch to Diet soda…! And now they are ON the COVERS of these magazines giving their advice on motherhood and helping teens decide whether to get a boob job or liposuction this summer.

The term, ‘Jumping the Shark’, was created because of a blatant lack of creativity on behalf of the writers at “Happy Days” the year the season ended with the cliffhanger of Henry Winkler’s AWESOME character, “the Fonz”, whom water skis and literally jumps a shark…….in the middle of a lake..?…was it?  Either way television has been “Jumping the Shark” ever since.

You could probably say the movie industry is in the middle of a “Jumping the Shark” type couple of years.  So many remakes of movies made inside of 25 years, they have CLEARLY jumped the shark.  Comic book movies I can understand because these stories need the technology to match the amazing graphics and artistry put down on paper. The remakes or “re-imagining” of movies like “Fright Night” and “Ghostbusters”.  Whether rewritten to give a new modern day perspective or not, it doesn’t matter…we need independent films to get more face time.  There ARE original ideas out there but the mega-blockbuster production companies won’t take a break from these ridiculously overbudgeted “films”.  The prices of the tickets to see them have gone up along with the movie sets…I mean, if you are going to charge $18 for a ticket then you better dose my $5 Diet Coke with some LSD so that I won’t get a migraine from watching things blow up for 2 hours straight.  Make the price match the trip…just drop some ecstacy in my Cherry flavored Icee…trust me you’ll get a thumbs WAAAY UP!

This last “jumping the shark” crest began with a character on American Idol. Hated by most, loved by mostly….this girl

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Yes folks I blame the latest lack of creativity on this man(?)

 

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Look at that dumb face….laughed all the way to the bank!

This is a new series I’m calling, “Jumping the Shark” – A Movie/TV Geeks Thoughts on Entertainment’s History – Past, Present and Future.

Contact me or reblog/reply with your thoughts on my thoughts!

Thank you,

pjMOUTH!

My first film – George Clooney’s “The Ides of March”

George Clooney, Cannes film festival

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Not too shabby, eh?  After waiting 17 years to get going, its ‘aboot’ time!

I am actually a paid ‘actor’ now!  AND for my FIRST film it was none other than George Clooney‘s political drama “The Ides of March“!  And ladies, yes, he was funny, witty, polite, charming and very goodlookin’…I know you were waiting for me to say that.  The film also stars Ryan Gosling, Jeffrey Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Paul Giamatti and the very talented and beautiful Evan Rachel Wood.  This one has a very fast turnaround compared to most films that take about a year or more to be released.  I’m guessing Mr. Clooney is looking to make an Oscar bid by making the release date October 14 of THIS YEAR, 2011!! Just in time for Oscar season.

This being my first gig, you can imagine my excitement when I was chosen to be one of hundreds, out of THOUSANDS to apply, to join the audience at a political rally at “Kent State University” which was actually the University of Michigan‘s Power Center auditorium.  That day was unpaid but I didn’t care.  My resume begins with a George-Freaking-Clooney film…..HELLO!!!  The scene that day included Mr. Clooney and Evan Rachel Wood.  My luck continued when they sat me along the same aisle they were shooting her scene.  This means I will DEFINITELY be in the movie, I hope.  You never know, things can happen but considering how many takes they made that it was important to get it right for the movie.  Again I was called to join them 2 days later for another scene with Jeffrey Wright and Ryan Gosling.  Another rally scene but this time I had props to hold up and again it seemed, I was in the middle of this shot as well.

All of the actors were so gracious giving autographs and taking pictures with extras during breaks.  You might remember Jeffrey Wright from his outstanding role as artist Jean Michele Basquiat in the highly acclaimed art film, “Basquiat”.  Ryan Gosling also stars in the film as Mr. Clooney’s character’s campaign manager that gets in over his head while being seduced by a young strong willed staffer, Evan Rachel Wood.

This seemed to be intense at times but you wouldn’t know it by Mr. Clooney’s easygoing and charming demeanor.  Joking a lot about his first A.D.,  David Weber, being Canadian.  A lot of “aboots” and “ehs” at the end of his imitations of the assistant director.  All in all it was a great and memorable experience.  I am so thankful that I was able to be a part of this and for getting a glimpse at what most people never do, the true behind the scenes look at making a movie.  I am racing towards my next experience which should be the newest installment of the “Harold and Kumar” films.  If I don’t get in on this one, thats okay.  Making friends through these processes is giving me more chances at other projects and will just add to my very thin resume.  Paying or not, this is how you do it!

Thank you Dave Williams of http://www.ActorsandCrew.com for your guidance and knowledge.  I can see this is the beginning of a fruitful relationship!

If you have any questions about my experience, please include them in the comments for this blog and I will answer them as best as I can.

Thank you again Universe!  It has been a delight working with you and I look forward to future endeavors.

A side note, I have heard today that you have a better chance at meeting George Clooney than winning the lottery…..and I have met him on more than one occasion……”so you’re saying I have a chance.”  Gotta go now, I have some lottery tickets to buy!!