Follow your Passion and Find Your Voice

Follow your passion, find your voice and achieve success.

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The following is based on the lessons I learned from Stephen R. Covey’s the 8th Habit. This book is all about finding your voice, or basically finding your passion, and learning how to follow it towards living an ultimately success life.

Stephen R. Covey is the famous author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. If you haven’t read it yet, check out my brief study of these 7 Habits, here. (Or get a copy of your own here.)

The 8th Habit takes it all to the next level and is all about finding your voice, or basically finding your passion, and learning how to follow it towards living an ultimately success life.

Here is my contemplation of the 8th Habit. Read on to learn all about finding your voice and learning how to follow your passion to have a life that really matters.

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How to be a Success: Master Networking

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One of the many skills that is needed for success in the world is networking. Our ability to create working relationships with other people, and within organisations of people, is essential for our success, not only in business but in our everyday activities.

However, networking is not something that comes naturally to everyone. I know, I for one am absolutely terrible at networking. I don’t like ‘bothering’ people and I don’t like having a list of contacts that I feel pressured to maintain. I like to do things on my own and feel the freedom of being self-reliant. However, lately I’m starting to see that I need people around me and I need people to help me.

Here’s the initial lessons I’ve learned on how to be a successful networker and how to network your way to success.

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How to Choose a Business that can bring you Success

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Businesses fail at a high rate. We’ve all heard the hard to believe statistics. However, people take on the challenge to defy these staggering odds all the time. So, how do you choose a business that has a chance of winning?

Why start a business to begin with?

We start businesses because we want to be our own boss. Or we want to create something. Or we know it is the only way we will get life satisfaction.

At the end of the day, I think we look to build a business for two reasons.

Firstly, we want to build the type of work place we dream about and do the type of work we want to do, so that we ‘never work a day in our lives’. We dream of creating a machine that lets us live the inspirational life of being innovative pioneers and entrepreneurs.

On the other hand, we build a business because we look to make as much money as we can, so that we can live like kings and queens and do whatever we want.

The dangers

Whichever way motivates the innovative entrepreneur, it is still a risky and incredibly tough road from initial decision, to taking on the challenges, to the eventual moment of business success.

Given these difficulties, how do we chose a business right for us?

How do we take on the challenge, and ensure we are on the right path and have a fighting chance of success?

There may be no definitive answer, but read on to find out my study of the subject and the path I’ve chosen to follow going forward.

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How to be a Success: Have Successful Habits

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Successful people have winning habits, tried models of behaviour that ensure they win the small battles that add up to a lifetime of success.

I have begun to develop some great rituals and habits that are already beginning to transform my life. From eating well to doing daily visualisations, I have developed rituals that help me stay focussed and ensure I seek success.

Encouraged by the success of these habits, I was drawn to study Stephen R. Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

I recommend everyone go out and get a copy of this highly enlightening book. The following clips were also very helpful in gaining a quick understanding of the 7 Habits. 1) THE 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE … and 2) Version 2.

Read on to learn how successful habits can have a huge impact on your effectiveness.

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How to be a Success: Get More Energy

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Energy is a vital element of life. But it’s not something we really learn about or think about on a regular basis. I know for many years, I just woke up tired, knew I was doing some bad things for my body and lived with.

Then I noticed a lot of the people I’ve been studying, big name people like Tony Robbins, always seem full of energy. They always seem positive and going at a high level of intensity. And I know, I for one, can’t match that level of intensity. Not even at my best moments.

So I decided, it’s time to focus on energy and learn how to live in an energy rich state.

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How to be a success: Live Happy

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The true measure of success is not in wealth or material possessions. True wealth comes from living in a happy state. We are only truly successful when we spend our time in a place of joy and happiness. And while money helps, it’s true, money can’t buy you love. To have true wealth and feel really successful, you need to spend your time in a positive state.

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Unshakeable Part 4 – Real Wealth

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What follows are the direct lessons I learned from Tony Robbins’ book Unshakeable. It is full of invaluable lessons on how to achieve real wealth. I highly recommend you get yourself a copy. It’s totally worth the investments. Get Unshakeable here.

Part 1

In Part 1, we looked at how to become unshakeable, in both life and investing. The secret, is to know the facts. If you know the facts and the potential problems, then you can prepare. By being psychologically, physically, mentally and financially prepared, you can face any problem from a position of strength.

Part 2

In Part 2, we learnt that to be successful in life and investing, you must know the rules and the principles of the game. Our focus was on investing, but it’s the same for life. If you know the core principles of how to win, or you learn them by following successful people, and you apply them, then you will have a great chance of success.

Part 3

In Part 3, we saw that to become truly unshakeable we need to face fear and avoid the common mistakes that are natural for us to make. Again, by being prepared for fear and being aware of these common mistakes, we can be ready to overcome and start winning.

Part 4

In Part 4, we put it all together to look at what winning really means. It’s time to get real wealth, by dedicating to a life of fulfilment and to becoming unshakeable in our pursuit of success.

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How to be a Success: Become Unshakeable (Part 1)

What I Learned from Tony Robbin’s book Unshakeable.

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The road to becoming a success is pathed with anxious moments.

To be successful you need to deal with risk. You need to risk your money to investments. Or you have to take chances on business deals. You will also most likely risk standing out from those around you and risk your lifestyle by putting in more and more time into the things that you hope will pay off.

The only way to be ready for the stress that comes with these huge risks and to stay on the right path to success, is to become unshakeable.

The book focuses on stock investing. And as a key part of my plan to achieve success is investing, (and it probably should be for you too), it’s an extremely valuable concept to learn.

However, while the book is mostly concerned with stock market investing, the concept of being unshakeable is applicable to all areas of life.

Being unshakeable basically means having the strength not to give into fear.

It means having the knowledge to act with reason, even when you are dealing with risky situations.

Unshakeable means having the faith and vision to persevere with your goals and not to be stopped by failure of halted by fear.

Read on to see how to become successful by becoming unshakeable.

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How to be a Success: Learn from your Failures

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Four Things I Learned from my Latest Failure


It’s coming on a year since I started on my journey to achieve success. It’s been a big and challenging year. While I’ve made a lot of great progress, I have to admit I’ve had two big failures.

My first failure I’ve written about before. My wife and I first started our journey to achieving financial freedom by investing. At the start we didn’t know what we were doing and it cost us. However, we learned from our mistakes and we learned from the experience. Now we are back in the game and doing much better.

Our second venture towards this goal was to start a part time business; a part time hustle to compliment my job, free up my wife and build a passive revenue stream.

Again, I didn’t really know what I was doing. It fell apart after just 4 months. However, I know this is another important piece in my plan for success. So I’ve decided again to learn from my lessons and get back to it and do it right next time.

This seems to be a trend. The path to success, so far, runs along the lines of: try, fail, learn, try again. But I’m warmed by the lessons of others:

“Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.” – Robert F. Kennedy

In the search of great success, failures are inevitable. No one can win all the time. The trick is not to never fail, it’s to face failure and overcome.

So here are the major lessons I’ve learned from my latest failure.

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How to get Rich: What I learned from Rich Dad

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I used to think that the biggest problem with the world was that the rich get richer and the poor stay poor. However, I’m starting to learn that the difference between being rich and poor comes down to a couple of key things. Those things are knowledge and attitude.

With the right knowledge and attitude it’s possible to go from poor to extremely wealthy.

But it takes education. The kind of education we don’t teach kids in school.

The need for financial education sparked my desire to learn these lessons and to teach others.

Here’s what I learned from reading Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad.

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