“The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on” – Barack Obama
Barack Obama’s Top 10 Rules For Success by Evan Carmichael
Barack Obama is an awesome guy! Without getting political, the advice he shares is priceless. He is the 44th president of the United States and the first African-American to hold that office. He inspires me with his words and mannerisms within his great speeches. So when Youtuber, Evan Carmichael, published this video, I watched it over and over again. As a result, I have undying hope, I stray from complacency, and I network with others in my field. In addition to that, here are some other rules I took from the video:
1. Move The Ball Forward
The road to success is like football. You won’t score a touchdown every play. The main thing is to move the ball forward consistently. Do this by creating goals and attempting to hit them. Now, if you constantly hit them, then you aren’t aiming high enough. Goals should be obtainable, but also a challenge. So, constantly move the first down marker after you pass it and you will get a touchdown.
2. Have Hope
Have that feeling that things will turn out for the best. Set your Positive Mental Attitude high to where doubt is your last thought. Do all you can and let event work out for themselves, since worrying will not make your plans play out. So, take action and believe the actions you took are the best you gave to bring outcome you desire to happen.
3. Don’t Be Complacent
Whenever you become complacent, plans don’t happen. This is true because you stop giving it your best. Sometimes you get comfortable in your journey that you stop going the extra mile and start coasting and drifting. You can’t drift up the mountain to success. Every day I do something that makes me uncomfortable to make sure that I am not turning down the road of complacency. That road does not have dreams on it. As a result, it is full of traffic with the unsuccessful who tried yet became comfortable and relaxed.
4. Stay Focused
Problems don’t immediately get solved all the time. Stay aimed at your vision and little by little your vision will become a reality with constant laser beam focus. So, some ways to ensure I stay focused are: having my dream as my screensaver on my laptop and phone, having a dream board, writing down the steps to take for my success, telling people my dream to hold me accountable, writing 3 actions I took each day on my calendar that brings me closer to my dream, and saying daily affirmations with great zeal. It’s not enough to have one or two things to help you remain focused. Therefore, you need many reminders or you will forget the ambition, passion, and focus.
5. You Can’t Do It Alone
Someone must invest in us and we must invest in others. It is a team effort. Networking is huge on the road to success. It’s something I am neglectful about and improve on daily. You need people to assist you to push your dreams up the mountain. And if you are a big dreamer like myself, then you will need a lot of people. Everyone has different skill sets. Therefore, bring all those skills to use for a single purpose. You can’t do everything, and if you think you can, then you shouldn’t because you will get burnt out too quickly. Success takes time to achieve and you must last until the end.
6. Commit To Something Bigger
Don’t be egotistical. The world is bigger than you. You are not required to change the world. At least strive to change someone’s life other than your own. Commit to your community, those people around you. Some only try to serve themselves, and they have little because of it. Serve humanity and humanity will serve you in the same or greater measure.
7. Stop Making Excuses
Obama quoted a Morehouse College frat mantra that goes,
“Excuses are tools of the incompetent used to build bridges to nowhere and monuments of nothingness.”
Racism exists. There are those in worse conditions than you who excel with your vision. They understand and live by the rule of no excuses. They remember the past generations who overcame worse hardships and if they overcame them, and so can you! No Excuses!!
8. Don’t Take Yourself Seriously
Laugh with your team. Take your job and responsibility seriously. But don’t always take yourself seriously. A guy told me some famous advice: Know at least 3 jokes. It is important to know how to make people around you laugh. It breaks down the barriers and defensive of distrust. Have a sense of humor that’s relatable.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven…a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance”
– Ecclesiastes 3:1,4
9. Stick To Your Plan
Random stuff will happen and obstacles will block your path. Not to think so is naive. So overcome them by sticking to your plan. Don’t get frustrated and rush into a new plan immaturely. People will come to you and say, “You should get into this market or that market” after you are established in one already. The unsuccessful switch markets quicker than they do underwear. But the successful have hope, focus, and they stick to the plan. They stick to the script. The words may change a little and that’s normal. Yet they don’t change the play when a guy says, “Nobody like a comedy, they rather drama.”
10. Follow Your Passion
Again, it takes time to be successful. Don’t quit. Obstacles help you grow and quitting prevents growth. Co-founder of the venture capitalist firm Andreessen Horowitz, Ben Horowitz, said, “Follow your contribution.” Your work doesn’t always have to be your passion. But you must put insane passion in your work. When you do this, whatever contribution you give to society will give you success. Be careful in following your passion because it may change as you get older. Therefore, much like the case like American Idol, some don’t need to follow their passion to make money. (I’m just saying)
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