There is no secret to making money or finding happiness. Success in life, no matter how you define it, is about learning a few skills and practicing those skills for the rest of your life. Imagining yourself swimming in a pool of money isn’t going to put food on the table or make everyone start to love you.
There is an infinite number of ways to find joy and to increase your earning power. No matter what path you are on, once you acquire the three skills below, the faster you will achieve your goals.
Discipline is the skill of doing what needs to be done every day, regardless of your motivation. Some people have more natural disciple than others. But, discipline is a skill that anyone can build and improve.
Discipline is like a skeleton key that can unlock almost any door. If you want to lose weight, build a business, become a better parent, write a book, or anything else, you need discipline. Life is hard and complicated. Your motivation will waver. Discipline keeps you moving forward even when all you want to do is sleep all day.
You don’t even need a fancy course to learn discipline. All you need to do is to pick one small thing and then do that small thing every day, no matter what.
Like discipline, some people are naturally better at empathy than others. However, empathy is also a learned skill. You can learn how to see the world through another person’s eyes.
However, you have to want to do it. You have to be willing to admit you don’t know everything. You have to be willing to open your heart to other people.
Empathy is like a superpower.
Once you can truly understand another person, you have the power to help them in ways nobody else can. Empathy will help you have deeper relationships with your family and friends. It will allow you to experience joy as you’ve never felt before.
Empathy also makes you a better businessperson. You will negotiate office politics easier. Most importantly, empathy helps you see the best ways to help your customers.
The future belongs to the businesses that provide the best customer experiences. Empathy is how you know what your customers want and need before they do.
Ideas are useless unless you have a way to communicate those ideas to the right people. This doesn’t mean you have to become a novelist. Writing is only one form of communication.
You need to find the communication method that works best for you. Speaking might be easier than writing for you. You may be adept at both writing and speaking.
However, the method you choose to broadcast your message is only part of learning to communicate. For communication to happen, a message has to be sent, and that same message has to be received.
If you can learn how to craft a message that resonates with a small group of people, you will experience more joy in your personal relationships and more financial success in your professional life.
These three skills are so powerful because the principles of creating joy and creating money are the same. The more people you can connect with and help, the more joy and money will flow into your life.
Building a life of financial plenty and emotional security is simple, but not easy. It all starts with learning discipline, empathy, and how to communicate.