You can be successful at anything you do.
Whether you want to break into the film industry, become an Instagram star, make tons of money, or be a better friend, I’ve come to the belief that 99% of success comes down to one thing – showing up.
Sticking with it.
Grinding it out.
Call it what you want, but the core to success is showing up… day after day, month after month, year after year. This is how I’ve found success. And it’s how I see other people become successful.
Let’s get one thing clear – I haven’t been successful at everything I did.
As a kid, I was mediocre at best at any video game I tried. In high school, I didn’t make the freshman baseball team (after playing baseball my entire life). After college, I didn’t get rehired at my first job. Since then, I’ve been passed over on many job applications. While some of these things may seem silly to you, at the time they were what was important to me.
Now that I’ve found success – particularly in running my own business – a lot of people want to know how to be successful themselves.
Often, I get asked how do you do it? What does it take to be successful? How do you get a job in the film industry? How do you grow an online business? How do you start a YouTube channel? How do I start if I don’t have an audience? How do I grow an email list?
There are no secrets, no tricks up my sleeve.
People are usually looking for a lifehack to be more successful. Reality check – lifehacks can only get you so far. There are productivity tools, morning routines, and goal-setting exercises that can help you along the way. But none of these things can compete with the sheer force of showing up.
Now this might look different for you, but to me, this is what showing up looks like.
I showed up by producing a weekly television show that started in my garage for 3 years during high school.
I showed up by shooting and editing literally 1,000s of videos at my first few jobs out of college.
I show up by creating new online courses, consistently, even when they aren’t on popular topics.
I show up by putting out new YouTube videos every week, for over 4 years.
I show up by answering (trying to anyway) every single student question that is asked in my courses.
I show up by waking up and getting to work by 8am every day, and working at least 6 hours per day. 6 doesn’t sound like a lot to you? Imagine 6 hours of productivity doing something you love, rather than pointless meetings, traffic-filled commutes, and busy work.
I show up by writing blog articles every month, even if some don’t get read.
I show up by creating something new every single day (video, course, podcast, article, conversation…)
Life isn’t fair.
Yes, that’s absolutely true. Life. is. not. fair.
Some people have it easy.
Some people are much more privileged than you.
Some people are naturally better at you.
Some people are born into success.
And you will have to work twice as hard to achieve what they have. Heck, you might have to work 10x as hard, or more.
That’s the reality of life.
Just because life isn’t fair, doesn’t mean you should give up… or never try. Just because someone else was born with more privilege, given an easy pass, doesn’t mean you should stop what you’re doing. And most important, just because life isn’t fair, doesn’t mean you can’t be successful.
My version of success isn’t sexy.
The problem with my version of success is that it typically takes a long time to attain. For 99% of success stories, it takes years of sticking with it for people to be at the top of their game.
But so many people want that kind of success instantaneously. Unfortunately, a snake oil salesman is knocking on your door, trying to sell them on the fast track to success. Too many people believe him.
I know far too many people who start on one path, only to stray from it when it gets hard… when it gets monotonous… when it seems like they’re not making any progress… or when some other shiny object captures their attention.
Changing paths isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Sometimes it’s good to change careers, pivot your business, or start a new project.
But when you start feeling like a failure at everything you do… or perhaps just feel like nothing is as successful as you wished, realize that if you just stuck with it, you will find success.
Rarely, does this fail.
I’m not trying to say that success is easy.
I’m not trying to say that I know exactly what I’m talking about.
But it is very hard for me to remember anyone who has stuck with their passion for years, that wasn’t successful at it.
Anyone that I look at as a success has put years of grinding it out to be successful.
Sure, there are some anomalies out there who quickly attain success, or who are naturally gifted.
For most of us, success is hard, and takes a lot of work.
Next time you wonder how to be successful…
Remember that it just takes doing it.
Shove perfection aside!
Put yourself out there!
Want to break into the film industry? Make your own videos every day and post them on your YouTube/Vimeo page.
Want to get more followers on Instagram? Take more photos. Get better at what you do. And take even more photos.
Want to be stronger? Lift more weights. every day. and don’t stop.
Want to work for yourself with your own online business? Create! Every day! Every online business is essentially a content machine. Write articles. Reach out to people. Post videos. Go live! Stop trying to sell, and just help people. Start your own podcast. Make a to do list, and never run out of things to do.
Seriously, just do it!
Stop trying to learn how to do it… just do it. You’ll get better as you try!
I’ll leave you with this… because honestly, Shia speaks some absolute truth here.