Three characteristics you need to become successful

When you are complaining, you become a living, breathing crap magnet.

T. Harv Eker

The average person in this world has all they need to be successful in life, yet they limit themselves. While luck is spread unequally, with the right work ethic, drive, and cunning, you can be financially free.

If you read the books written about success, there are a few specific concepts that come up frequently. A few I’ve recently read include: Think and Grow Rich (Napoleon Hill), Rich Dad Poor Dad (Robert Kiyosaki), The One Minute Millionaire (Robert Allen), and not money-oriented ones such as Getting Things Done (David Allen), The Secret (Rhonda Byrne) and A New Earth (Eckhart Tolle).  

The three concepts that show up over and over again are:

  1. Defined purpose
  2. Positive attitude through gratitude
  3. Giving back

Defined Purpose

It doesn’t matter if you’re going at 100 miles per hour if you’re going in the wrong direction. Take the time to define your destination, and make sure you’ve set the direction right.

Grab a piece of paper and write on it your idea of success. Think it through, why are you confident it will bring you happiness? Think about the day-to-day, the routine, what that ideal life means. Reflect on what brings you joy and happiness, lasting happiness not short term pleasure, and incorporate that into your goal and purpose.

It is by having a clear goal that you can then take the necessary steps towards achieving them. When you are clear on what you are truly after, things will become easier because you will know how to ask for the right opportunities, disregard what is not helping you get closer to your goals, and stay focused on the path. Things start to fall into place.

Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.  

The Bible, Mark 11:24

This is not an obscure philosophy, but one that has been around for thousands of years.

Positive attitude through gratitude

How you see your life is, to a large extent, up to you. I had the privilege of studying at MIT, an elite school with all the opportunities you could imagine. Attending MIT was a dream come true, yet a lot of people I met were not happy or even felt grateful. Noticing this, I reminded myself each and every day just how fortunate I was and started and ended each day with gratitude. Yes, there will be difficult challenges. But, whatever I had I would cherish.

A positive attitude will bring better people into your life. It will help you bond better with people. And it will make you more likely to help others and be helped in return. Do the work so that you can, genuinely, have a good attitude. Find what you’re grateful for, focus on it, while you work on your goals. If you are grateful for what you already have, and enjoy the journey, you’re already successful.


Give to others from what you have. Gift your smile. Gift your time. Listen and genuinely care for others. Donate and volunteer. At a minimum, just be friendly towards a stranger. Realize that you do have things to give, we all do, it’s just a matter of focusing on doing it rather than putting up excuses or limitations.

Keep improving a bit each day

Start with these three basics discussed: define your purpose, cultivate a positive attitude through gratitude, and give to others. By doing this you will be sowing the seeds for a fruitful and successful life.

Last Updated on August 15, 2020 by Omar Eduardo

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