Principle 1: Do What Successful People Do
Picture this scene. You get fired from your job. The bills pile up. No one is hiring.
What do you do?
Imagine your only option being to go back home. You make the call and your parents arrive to help you move back to their place. While in your mom’s car, you reach into your pocket to find all you have is a five-dollar bill.
How do you feel?
Ashamed. Defeated. Embarrassed.
This is not how you pictured your life to turn out. Yet, sometimes things happen that completely change the trajectory of our life.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson found himself in a similar situation. Unable to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL, he tried his luck in the CFL (Canadian Football League). However, after two months, he was cut from the league. His only option was to fly from Canada to Florida, and call his father to pick him up and bring him home.
Back home, he emptied his pocket and all he had were seven bucks.
To think that someone who only had seven dollars to their name would one day be the top grossing actor of 2013 seems unfathomable. But realize this: success is possible.
Johnson was recently interviewed by Fortune Magazine, and in that article, I found four reasons why he is successful.
When you find yourself in a pit, you only have two options: Stay in and die. Or get out and live.
Johnson didn’t stay down. He got out of his pit, worked hard and succeeded by:
Doing What Successful People Do
When Johnson was fifteen, his family was evicted from their apartment. Seeing his mother crying because she couldn’t afford to pay the rent, gave him a reason to make sure she never experienced that embarrassment again.
Johnson wasn’t a perfect fifteen-year-old kid either. He got into trouble. Yet, his mother’s suffering was a spark that made him decide he would become successful.
So, what did he do? He did what his heroes Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone did. He built his body. Eventually, his transformation and newfound focus led him to a football scholarship to the University of Miami.
Success leaves clues. If you want to succeed, model those who have already succeeded.
There is no need to reinvent the formula. Study what successful people do. Learn their habits. Discover what drives them. After doing so, apply it to your life.
There’s no point in gaining information if you are not going to do anything with it. Education isn’t merely about learning information and facts. Education is actually derived from a Latin root word that means, “to draw out from within.” Therefore, education is really about applying what you have learned.
It’s time to execute instead of making excuses.
It’s time to do instead of just wishing.
It’s time to become instead of simply dreaming.
What can you practice from someone you admire that will help you on your journey of success? Share with me in the comments below.
Be sure to check out Part Two of the series, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson: Success. It's Possible!
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A.C. Cristales is a motivational speaker, leadership consultant, and author. He has been working with students, educators, parents and youth workers for more than 15 years.