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 Chopra Center and Thank You Sandy Hook Elementary

I wanted to say thank you to the Chopra Center.  I took the 21 Day Meditation Challenge and upon completing it I was inspired to create my own path of giving.  I began to give many of my Inspiration Angels away to people in need around the country and the world.  I then ventured out on November 26, 2012 to the local Shriner‘s Children’s hospital in Lexington KY and gave away more Angels and met some amazingly strong children.  And then after hearing of the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, I created Inspiration Angels using the colors of Sandy Hook Elementary and I sent the teachers and staff all of them.

I then visited the UK Children’s Hospital on January 9, 2013.  I met some more awesome parents and children fighting various ailments and diseases. I handed out more Angels and I hope I was able to give some comfort to them knowing that there are still humans on this planet that do care about eachother.  This was a tough visit.  I saw a lot of pain both physical and mental.  I can not imagine being those parents having to watch their little ones going through so much.  It took a lot out of me but I had gotten several messages the day before on my page that helped give me strength. They were from some truly amazing people, the teachers and staff and some parents of Sandy Hook Elementary.  They told me that they had received my Inspiration Angels and that they LOVED them.  They actually told me that when they walk down the halls and see them hanging around the necks of other teachers and staff that it gives them comfort and makes them smile.

I am so grateful that I have been able to give them this.  If they are able to feel that way after going through such a terrible experience…I finally know now what the feeling of love and appreciation feels like.  At the end of this week I will be sending 100 more Inspiration Angels to Sandy Hook for the rest of the staff.  I am also dedicating $3 per Angel sold to the Newtown Memorial Fund.  Please give, anything you can.  You too, can make a difference.  You just have to take that first step and it starts with Love.  Thank you Chopra Center for opening my eyes to true Love.  If you can, come visit my page and leave some messages of love to the teachers and staff that have left comments on my page.  I know they would be touched.  Give Love.

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Inspiration Angels, $3 per Angel goes to Newtown Memorial Fund – Etsy Page

 

 

 

Thank you Sandy Hook Teachers!!

Tuesday night I began to get messages and comments left on my Facebook page from the teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.  They have received my Inspiration Angels that I sent a week after the tragedy.  They began telling me so many wonderful things.  I seriously had to sit back in my chair for a while and compose myself.  It was truly heartwarming to hear from one teacher that out of all of the donations given, MY Inspiration Angels have seemed to comfort them and bring smiles back on to the faces of those that have gone through something that you and I have only experienced in our worst nightmares.  I couldn’t have asked for a better compliment.  I am truly touched and humbled by the amazing responses.  You can see for yourself on my page at : https://www.facebook.com/pages/TBT-Creations-Thoughts-Become-Things/146252698756981?ref=hl

After receiving all of these awesome responses I feel it only necessary to now begin to donating a part of each sale from every Inspiration Angel necklace sold.  I am donating $3 per necklace sold and you can find out how to order from my Etsy Page :

http://www.etsy.com/shop/TBTCreations

This has been a MOST INSPIRING WEEK!  SPREAD THE WORD!!  Lets keep the cycle of giving alive!  

The Love List – Spread the word!

I have decided to begin creating a “Love List”.  Its something that I have been reading about lately that I think would help our country and the World to make it better in the new age.  We need to begin to start feeling the right feelings if we ever expect to get better results from our thoughts and actions.  Its not just what we think about but also how we feel when we think the thoughts we want to create.  My motto has been for the last few years “Thoughts Become Things” but I have been catching myself not adding the right feelings to those thoughts.  If we think amazing thoughts but lack the amazing feelings that should go along with those thoughts we are actually telling the Universe the opposite of what we really want.  Thoughts are the first step and feelings are the next step.  After that step comes the result, receiving.  If we think the right thoughts and feel the wrong feelings we are attracting those bad feelings along side the thoughts we want to create.  Then we are working against ourselves.  We start to think the awesome thoughts of what we want but then stick the resentment or worry of not getting fulfillment from those thoughts and then it begins to work against us in the worst way.  That bad pit in your stomach you feel when you really want something because you begin to imagine what would happen if it doesn’t come to fruition is how the Universe will read your message.

So lets begin by writing a list of what we love or who we love.  Even writing what we want to happen to those that we love.  You don’t have to only write about yourself.  If you write about what joy it would be to see or hear your friend or loved one get that promotion or get a new car or whatever, you are still sending out a great feeling of joy and happiness.  You are giving those feelings to the Universe and you will receive those feelings back to you and more!  If you express yourself to that person about how awesome it would be if they got that promotion or that new car they really wanted, those same people that will receive that good news will only be able to thank you for your support along the way.  That message is now being sent to the Universe by not just one person but by two, you and your friend or loved one.  Do you see how much more powerful these feelings can be?  Even if they do not receive those things they can only still thank you for your support during that process.

You can even do this for those that you may not particularly feel comfortable to support or be around.  But like the quote says, “Love conquers all”.  Even if you have had bad blood with this person or they have seemed to not make your life any easier, you can still find ways of gratitude for them.  Usually the recommendation is to just walk away from these type of people.  Leave them alone to suffer their own pain from the pain they force onto others but in some cases you might have to stay connected to these people.  Whether they are siblings or other family members or they could be ex-spouses that you need to stay in contact with due to having children with them.  This last example runs very close to home.  I have an ex-wife that has not made things easy on me.  I have fallen into the trap that I always wanted to avoid but with me not using the law of attraction to my advantage I have helped create a bad situation.  I won’t go into details but my resentment for the things she has done has created reactions from me that I wish I could have done differently.  I have allowed a lot of poor decisions to be made.  I concentrated on the bad instead of a solution.  So to show you that I practice what I preach, moments before typing this blog entry I emailed my ex with a note of gratitude.  I have looked past the pain of the last couple years and I want to make a change.  I found things that I can be grateful for in her.  I told her and felt the correct feelings while telling her these things.  We can not be prisoners of our pasts any longer.  Even if she may not want to accept what I wrote due to her still wanting to be upset or hateful for whatever she still wants to hold on to, its now out there for her and the Universe to read.  You can not change the way someone else feels about a situation until you accept the way you have felt about it and then move on towards a positive resolution.  The first step is to show appreciation.  And feel appreciation.  This was my first step.

I will be creating a “Love List” on a big poster board tonight.  When I am done, whether it be tonight or tomorrow, I will post it to show you my example.  I hope you follow suit.  Only good things can come from it.  But make sure you are feeling the right feelings while creating your list.  That is the key, feeling Love.

Happy New Year my Friends, Make it an Epic one!

I want to thank everyone that has helped me get through this very difficult year.  I want to thank everyone that will help me along the way this upcoming New Year 2013!  I plan on making this one an EPIC year, the beginning of MANY EPIC years to come!  Filled with hope and love.

I want to thank those that have opened my eyes to the fact that I can not change those that don’t want to be, I can only show love and move on and wish them the happiest of lives.

I have made many mistakes and I am owning up to them and correcting the ones I can and learning from them all.  I love my wife and my family, my children, my parents(past & present), my siblings(past & present) and my friends(past & present)….I love you all.  I am here changing my life for the better and I intend to do so by helping others.  With good intentions motivating me I will succeed in everything I put love and effort into.

I am evolving and willing continue to do so until the day I leave to the great hereafter, which is THE ULTIMATE evolution.  Don’t stop learning, listening and loving.  Thank you to everyone!  Have an AMAZING 2013!  I know I will AND SO WILL YOU!

Love & Be Thankful

Love is contagious, Spread it! Newtown Connecticut needs all of the love you can send!

My heart breaks but it is nothing compared to what they are going through. It is the least I can do. Love is contagious, Spread it!  Here are the Inspiration Angels that are on their way to Newtown, Connecticut.

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Inspiration Angels are on there way to Sandy Hook Elementary School, Newtown Connecticut

I have created these necklaces for the purpose of those with heavy hearts and those that are going through rough times.  I think it fitting I send them to Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut.

Being a parent of a 4 year old girl and a 10 year old boy myself, I can not imagine what they are going through right now.  I can not imagine getting the  phone call.  I can not imagine having to wait outside the school wondering if your child was alive or…  I can not imagine the dread and then sorrow one would feel getting the worst news ever possible.

I want the parents, teachers and staff of Sandy Hook Elementary to know that there ARE good people out there.  There ARE people that are sending them love and hope.  My Inspiration Angels are meant to give the wearer some hope.  They are meant to remind the wearer that there still is something to be grateful for.  During these times it will be tough to remember that.  There faith may be shaken, I understand.  Faith in humanity.  Faith in society.  Faith in government.  Faith in the good in the world.  Well I am here to show them one of the first signs that people not of there town or state DO care.  We are EVERYWHERE.  We are standing by Newtown Connecticut with are arms wide open.  With a tear running down our cheek letting them know to cry, to mourn and to remember those amazing children and teachers that lost there lives.  But remember them alive.  Remember the awesome times you shared a laugh with them.  The feelings you had when you witnessed them showing their love for someone else.  They were here on Earth to give us those memories.  We will not forget them.  Ever.

I am not only sending the Inspiration Angels to the school district but also to different churches in the community.  I am sending my entire supply.

And when they arrive to you Newtown remember to Spin those Wings and Remember your Blessings.  They will be watching and loving you from above.

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.