Living your life to the maximum of your potential is the key to success; it comes from loads of hard work and determination, since the human body is made to drive in one particular direction with complete passion and focus.
Running for making money should not be the ultimate goal, since this may lead to losing what you already have, and you may actually underutilize your their own skills. Every success is directly proportional to the goals and success statement you made. My success statement is: "Focus and hard work in a proper direction always pay you out"
Being at the right door at the right time is a matter of luck, some people achieve it quickly, and some spend their whole life to find it, but strength and focus towards your goal always helps you to move one step forward. Money shouldn't be the utmost priority, but it does not mean that it's not required, money helps you out to a certain level. If your pockets are empty, then your focus might deviate from the goal.
According to my observations and experience, I've recommended some ways through which, it's not guaranteed that you will become a millionaire, but one thing is sure that it will certainly help you out to stand out.
1. Don't chase methods to make money
It sounds difficult, but there is a very important lesson hidden in this statement. Success is not in finding ways and shortcuts to make more money but to make money run after you, this can be achieved only through excellence. Remember, you have to remain focused, and at times dreams of making money stray you away from your path and thus increases the urge of just gathering money, not creating a long-term and ever-lasting effect.
"Too many people spend money they earned, to buy things they don't want, to impress people that they don't like" -Will Rogers
2. Helping others is helping yourself
If we look back, we get numerous examples of successful people who worked for others, or I would say that the center of their attention was to serve people, through their product or service. Your product should be based on value-based analysis, and not just profit-based analysis. The success of others is augmenting your success, helping others in achieving their dreams is benefiting yourself with ultimate fame, motivation and satisfaction, which are most necessary factors to become a successful person.
Assisting people in your connected circles and business environment ultimately get you straight on your path like vendors, customers, employees, affiliates and subsidiary; contributing to your success.
3. Serve masses
Many companies focus on varying business models; the best models are those which are made for the masses, because masses help you to promote your product or convey your message to the public. Try to convert your customers into brand advocates, instead of just up selling them or leaving them dissatisfied. Serving a million will undoubtedly draws billions in your account with your fame multiplied by infinity.
4. Invest in your resources and add more
People have different kinds of mindsets, some look for money, some look for benefits, and then there are those who look for adding more and more to what they are already providing, being their core competency.
"Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work" -Thomas Edison
Opportunities usually comes in a disguised packaging, one common mistake is people look at opportunity as a way to make money, which is not necessarily useful, because once you start measuring opportunities with money, you will limit yourself to keep your effort till the time it pays you out, if it does not pay, you will quit it and quitting from problems leads to failures.
Then there are some people who work for benefits, which could be anything, either benefiting yourself through perks on the job or benefiting yourself through status-quo and respect. Both peoples are equally making one common mistake, which is making you dependent on something that changes with the time. Such people limit their vision to the extent of benefits they get in order to perform any service or sell any product.
Successful people are smart investors, who invest in everything; it could be your human resource, your company resource, product resource, or any kind of your resource that focuses on your work needs. Smart are not those who place money on the top of the list, but those who focus on ways through which you get money and keep on adding more ways to get the desired results. They do want money because they want to invest more or add more to their product / service portfolio.
"Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game." Donald Trump
Most successful businesses consider the product lifecycle and focus on the needs of their customers which are yet to arise.
5. Make core competencies better
In order to be a successful person, you consistently need to evaluate yourself, and keep a check on your strengths and weaknesses, to get an idea what you are good at, since your core competencies create differentiation amongst others. Self-criticizing in a positive manner is the best technique to embark yourself continuously on the road to achievement. For example, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet and Bill Gates; every one of them has extremely polished core-competencies.
"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." Thomas Edison
Thomas Edison knew his core competency and through continuous hard work and a stubborn attitude, he climbs his way towards his breakthrough invention. You have one thing that you can do better than others, and this thing will lead you through all difficult stages. People who are visionary, they always run for excellence, leaving all other material things behind.
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." Aristotle
6. Benchmark yourself
Select a pool of successful people and analyze their journey, you will come to know how to use your skills to reach higher than you are. Learning is what makes them different from others, it is what makes people believe in their successfulness, and it is the criteria through which the world recognizes them as successful. It will make you realize the behaviors and attitude of people towards success and thus giving you the motivation and a direction to follow.
This can be applied to both successful people and organizations. For benchmarking, it is necessary to choose those who are related to your business or expertise. For example, if you are an artist, then benchmarking Picasso and Vincent will help you, and likewise for a business involved in superstores, Wal-mart will be a considerable choice.
7. Measure the progress
Measuring your progress gives you a reality check of your distance from your actual goal. Weekly or monthly progress keeps you curious and motivated towards your goal. The process is simple; you need to create a vision, then break in into number of achievable goals, and then carefully set deadlines, followed by passionately meeting them and measuring your progress.
Establish a routine for yourself and religiously follow it to ensure your progress, once you start measuring it, you will have an urge to achieve it and for that sense of achievement, you have to make a routine, which will eventually become a habit. Scheduling your tasks, defining your priority, allocating time for your personal / mental health, and the daily activities should be listed down in an order to be productive.
When you need to achieve something bigger, it is always recommended that you should break the project into minor tasks that are manageable on daily basis. The idea is to keep on working consistently towards achieving your goal. We have a great example from nature: if you sow a plant and keep on watering it daily, it will gradually grow and become more strong, whereas if this activity is performed once a week, the growth of the plant will be slower and there are chances it might die as well.
Let's take another example of bringing unique visitors to your website, making a complete marketing plan with a set of small milestones or activities and then further incorporating them in your daily routine will help you a lot to achieve your goal.
In the end, I would like to conclude it by saying that what you are today should be better than what you were yesterday; make your future as much impressive as you can.
"It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed." Theodore Roosevelt