Everybody wants the secret to success when it comes to business and life. It is part of the culture we now live. Microwaveable success! Overnight success! Big wins! Short-term gains! McMansions in the burbs! Private schools for the kids!
However, it takes time to be successful. Statistically, there are very few overnight success stories. They honestly come along only a few times per generation. Overnight success stories are right time, right invention, right place kind of stories. Most of us aren’t geniuses who just so happened to grow up next to one of the only computer labs in the country at the time (see amazing story of Bill Gates).
You need to be honest about who you are, the context you live, and your ability to win at business and life. Being honest about your situation allows you to be a realist who proceeds with an actionable step forward. If you’re not honest about those things, then you are starting the race with a disadvantage. You have to first come down from the clouds to get your feet on the ground in order to even take your first step forward.
Here’s what I want you to see, though: No matter who you are, you have the ability to win at business and life. You do. Just like your neighbor. Just like your co-worker. Just like your classmate. Just like that other successful person. You have the ability to do so.
Here’s the secret sauce.
To win at business and life you need to live by what I call, “The Discipline Principle.”
The Discipline Principle is defined this way: Doing the right things over the right period of time that lead to the right results.
In other words, if you want to be successful, then you must go slow. Investors say it this way: Success means low risk with high returns. In order to do so, you’re not going to shoot out of the gate looking for microwaveable success. You’re not going to go all in on that one deal. You must learn overtime. You must learn what it means to invest well. You need some defeats. You need to taste a few victories. You must practice the disciplines you need to be healthy, and do them often, again, over and over, for a long period of time.
If you lean into and live by The Discipline Principle, then I promise that you will win at life and business. There will be setbacks. There will be curveballs. There will be sickness. There will even be really hard things like death. These are promises of life.
But if you go slow, prepare well, and do the right things over the right amount of time, you will win.
Now go develop The Discipline Principle for your life.