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Forget success if you believe in any of this BS.

Karan
Karan
Sep 29 · 9 min read

You know this, you’ve heard this before and most probably you believe in this. No more. None of this is going to help you get success let alone peace of mind (which I certainly prefer to monetary success).

Perseverance and skill leads to success, not any of this bullshit.

So, let’s begin.

1. Read more books! More books means faster success 📚

Hold up, let me explain myself.

I love books. I have finished reading 8 books this year and I am reading my 9th. I don’t mean to say that books are crap, all I want you to know is that reading a LOT of books is certainly a big waste of your time, money and energy.

Stop paying attention to all those big shots who keep telling you to read more books. They don’t give a damn about you or your success. All they care about is how many copies they sell.

2 Books, relevant to your career/business/skills, read thoroughly and sincerely, are more valuable than 200 god damn books covering everything from “How to name your business” to “How to exit like a boss”.

This is how you should be investing in books:

  • Buy only those books that you honestly believe are going to help you in your career, business or enhancing your skill. Quality over quantity.
  • I am into business and sales (direct-response) and the book that I am currently reading is “80/20 by Perry Marshal”. Makes sense?
  • The way you read a book is way more important than the book itself. What’s the point if you don’t retain anything let alone implement any strategies or techniques?
  • This short article is all about how to get the most value from every book you read.

Just understand one thing. Just like having 50 scoops of whey protein a day won’t help you get ripped any faster, reading 50 books a month won’t help either!

It ultimately boils down to what books you choose to read, how you relate them to your career/business/skills/goals and how you read them.

2. You don’t wake up by 5:30? what a loser! ⏰

Waking up early is an absolutely wonderful idea if you want to workout, do some yoga or meditation and then head off to work. But I am yet to find any person who got successful just because they started to wake up early.

Those who know what they got to do, they do it anyway, irrespective of when they wake up or go to bed.

Do you recognize this man?

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30934629

He is Sir Winston Churchill, Former British Prime Minister who led Britain to victory in WW2.

And he used to wake up around 7:30 am and wouldn’t get out of his bed till 11.

Now that’s one fat powerful example, innit?

Need a few more examples? Here you go.

Aaron Levie (Box) — 10 am
Alexis Ohanian (Reddit) — 10 am
Pharrell Williams (Music) — 10–11 am
Mark Zuck. (Facebook) — 8 am
Even Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway) once told PBS that he has no desire to get to work at 4 in the morning.

3. Got an idea? just do it! 💡

This one actually pisses me off. Almost all of the online “Gurus” want you to “Just Do It!”.

“You’ve got an idea but you are too afraid to work on it? what a wimp!. Don’t you dare think, calculate your risks or do any analysis; just do it! But before you do it, make sure you purchase my $199 course on how to just do it”.

BUGGER OFF!

Got an idea? Do this instead,

  • First, make sure you have a well-paying job or a constant income source.
  • Don’t have one? Go get one first.
  • Got one? Good! This is when you can start working on your idea.
  • Start with a short and simple survey and try to get as much feedback as possible.
  • Proceed only if people (except your friends and family) like your idea and are willing to pay or pre-order.
  • If you see green, go ahead and build a prototype. There are tons of cheap online prototyping softwares that you can use to build quick wireframes, mockups, and product designs for less than $100. (I use InVision Studio).
  • I’d recommend you hire a professional instead.
  • Once a prototype is ready, use it to collect feedback. Show it to as many people as possible and take pre-orders.
  • If they place an order, you don’t need any further validation.
  • That’s when you actually start working on your idea.

I am no Startup expert but I am not dumb either. I have started few startups in the past and i know it’s just not as easy as it sounds.

Work on your idea and validate it before you get too pumped up and decide to quit your job. Don’t, especially if you have a family to take care of.

4. A 9 to 5 job sucks! 👎

Totally not.

9 to 5 is awesome!

  • You don’t have to worry about your supplier not shipping the products on time.
  • You don’t have to worry about hiring or firing anyone.
  • You don’t have to worry about the P&L statements.
  • You don’t have to worry about not making any sales.
  • You don’t have to worry about your growing debt.
  • You don’t have to worry about your stakeholders.
  • and so much more.

9 to 5 only sucks when you have not worked enough on your skills, you ignored college and education because you wanted to be like those famous successful dropouts but you never worked like them, and you end up at a crappy little company that makes you work like an ass.

I know so many people who used to work for various companies who later in life either started their own successful companies or consultancy firms.

If you have a 9 to 5 job, stop giving a damn about all those who want you to quit and be your own boss. Do it only when you have enough in the bank, you have a constant income stream and you are comfortable enough to walk another mile.

PS: I am proud of every 9–5 working man and woman out there!

5. College is for nincompoops! 🎓

Definitely not!

“You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a college degree.”

I agree that a lot of colleges these days are nothing more than cash cows and student loans just add to the whole problem but before you, my friend, decide to drop out or call your college-going friend a nincompoop, let me tell you this,

  • A college degree is still worth a lot. Your hustle may or may not bring home the bacon, but a college degree always will and that is what counts.
  • College is a place for education but more than that it’s a place for networking! You never know who you might end up being friends with. They could be your future co-founder, business partner, wife, husband or just someone who might end up changing you as a person (for good).
  • Look beyond what college can give you. Think of all that you can take form the college.
  • According to some statistics from the internet, a college graduate earns more on average, is less likely to face unemployment, is more likely to enjoy job satisfaction, is more likely to own a house, could even live a longer life and whatnot.

I am not a big fan of education and I also don’t believe that without education success is impossible, but I definitely believe that college is a must and totally not something to make fun of.

6. Working harder is the key 🔑

According to Investopedia.com, Pareto Principle, named after the esteemed economist Vilfredo Pareto states that,

80% of consequences come from 20% of the causes, asserting an unequal relationship between inputs and outputs.

In layman terms, 80% of the results come from 20% of your efforts and the other 80% of your efforts are wasted on getting that remaining 20% done.

That’s pretty true.

Would you rather cold call 10,000 random people or buy a response list with high-quality leads that have a way higher probability to convert?

“ Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” — Abraham Lincoln

A sharp axe is a safe axe. Dull axes not only make your work harder they can glance off the wood and cause serious injury.

So, next time while doing your work, stop for a moment and ask yourself “Am I working hard or smart?”.

Try to do this,

  • Try to automate every possible task that is repetitive. A little automation can save you hours! (Use technology and internet or hire someone)
  • A salesman should be as good in persuasion as in sorting! Sort out the trash, you don’t have time to waste on whatever that does not add value.
  • Hire and consult. Don’t DIY what you don’t know about.
  • Start your day with the toughest task.

7. Affirmations. Think about money and you will get it. 💸

I love Napoleon Hill and I definitely believe that there is some kind of infinite intelligence. I also believe in the power of the subconscious mind.

But believe me,

Writing down your affirmations or telling yourself “I am rich, I am attracting wealth” or some crap like that is definitely not going to help you.

Affirmations alone is not a solution to your problems. It’s just a way of solidifying your belief in whatever you want. Ultimately you have to plan, strategize and put in the required efforts if you really want to be wealthy or achieve your goals.

No matter how many times you repeat the affirmations, no duffle bag full of crisp $100 bills is going to come your way. It’s only you, your ambitions and your blood & sweat in the game.

8. Follow your passion.

Following your passion is the most disastrous thing you can ever do in your life.

We all hear amazing stories about great musicians, actors, businessmen who never gave up, sailed through every storm that came their way and followed their passion.

“Their passion”.

This is where your brain stops functioning. You suddenly start hating your job, your work, your life.

Your ignorance reaches it’s peak levels and now you believe that following your passion is all that you need to get successful.

But wait, did you ever think about thousands of those other musicians, actors, and businessmen who worked just as hard as the ones in the spotlight but could never make it?

Nope.

“Sometimes people don’t want to hear the truth because they don’t want their illusions destroyed. — Friedrich Nietzsche”

Chances are pretty high that you don’t even know what your passion is.

It’s a person’s talent and skill that determines their career path and success in it, not necessarily their passion.

If your passion does not help you put food on the table, turn it into a hobby. Find a job.

Ever heard about the book, “So Good They Can’t Ignore You”?

You don’t have to read the whole book. You can easily find a summary on Google or Youtube. Why spend hours on something when you can do it in minutes?

9. You know everything.

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing” — Socrates

There is no shame in seeking advice from your spouse, your junior co-worker, your security guard or your old man.

You might be the smartest guy in the room but you definitely don’t know everything. Heck, the new intern at your company might know even more than you do.

So stay humble, ask when in doubt and try to be a better listener!

Summary:

  1. Reading more books does not mean faster success. It won’t help.
  2. If you wake up late, that’s totally fine! as long as you know what to do with your life.
  3. Got a startup idea? Wait until you are financially as well as mentally ready to work on it. No online guru wants your good more than your family.
  4. 9 to 5 does not suck! It’s great and you should be proud of it.
  5. Affirmations without any actual effort won’t take you anywhere.
  6. College is not a waste of your time.
  7. Work smart, not hard.
  8. If your passion does not help you put food on the table, turn it into a hobby. Find a job.
  9. Stay humble, ask when in doubt and try to be a good listener!

I spent a lot of time on this piece. If you like it, do follow me :) ♥️

Karan

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I write about Business and Personal Development. K@karanb.com

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