The only shortcut to success

“If you want success, study success.” — Jim Rohn

If you study the biographies of successful people, you will quickly notice the fastest road to success is connecting with a mentor, someone more successful than you, and learning from this person one-on-one. Jim Rohn had Mr. Earl Shoaff, Bob Proctor had his mentor, and even the fictional Luke Skywalker had Yoda.

But personal access to millionaire mentors is limited, even in today’s world of social media. You don’t really need a millionaire at the beginning. If you earn four figures monthly it’s enough to connect to someone who earns five figures to level up.

Thus, you need to study success secondhand. The power of this approach is that you can take a broad view of the concept of success. You need not define it by a single person’s traits or values. You can aggregate and assimilate the traits and values of many. And (ironically), you may have the best chance of success by pursuing the universal traits, methods, and values shared by a range of other successful people.

What are these traits, methods, and values?

It seems that every researcher has a different answer to that question. Angela Lee Duckworth says it’s just one thing: grit. Napoleon Hill discerned a dozen of them. Brendon Burchard enumerates purpose, health, mindset, productivity, and the ability to genuinely influence others.

I have my favorites too. Unwittingly, I tackled the most intangible success concepts in my books. In Personal Mission Statement: Your Road Map to Happiness, I discuss life purpose; Trickle Down Mindset is all about personal philosophy; The Art of Persistence is about perseverance.

I consider these intangible traits far more important than anything we can measure or weigh. But they are also harder to grasp, especially when you come from a secular background. They are also readily dismissed as daydreaming or wishful thinking.

However, I have isolated six strategies common to many people’s journeys that will help you achieve a fulfilling life path. I’ve noticed that almost all successful people are universally strong in these six areas.

The six strategies

1. Self-analysis.

People of success know themselves.

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2. Health.

You don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to be successful. But you can do much more in every aspect of life if you take proper care of your body.

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3. Habits mastery.

It is extremely hard to find a successful person who doesn’t use consistent habits to achieve more.

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4. Focus. Vision. Goal setting.

This topic can stray a bit into the intangible.

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5. Socializing for business. Networking.

It’s hard to find a rich hermit.

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6. Reading and self‑education.

How to get ahead of the knowledge curve and stay there.

Why is self education important?