1. Find your gift
Please find out how you can help the world with your talents. Can you make people laugh? Can you amaze them with your art? Are you a tenacious entrepreneur who gives birth to new ideas and isn’t scared of failure?
Find your masterpiece, the life you were meant to live, by looking inside yourself. Let go of your fears and doubts, the negative self-dialogue, and go after your most courageous vision, one step at a time!
2. Embrace failure.
It’s okay to fail, as long as you learn from your failures. No one in this world has always succeeded in their endeavors. Even the best of the best fail. They have failed more than the unsuccessful have even tried.
If you are scared of failure, you will never try anything new. Albert Einstein was considered a failure at an early age because he didn’t speak until he was four years old. His teachers thought he would never do something significant, yet he shook the entire world with his genius.
3. Push Through The Dirt
Steve Harvey says, “Dirt is necessary for growth and development; dirt builds character.” We use our strengths and develop them only when we face challenges. Without challenges, life would be a boring mess.
“Everything that blossoms, grows, and is beautiful was underground at once.” We must face the darkness, problems, and setbacks to create something fruitful and worthwhile.
4. Multiply Your Effort
Steve Harvey says that we often dream about making millions of dollars, but the secret to success lies in multiplying your effort. This means that you don’t need a $1 million idea. Just take a $10 picture and put in 10 times the effort you made to create the $10 idea. Now you have $100. Keep multiplying your effort ten times, one step at a time, and soon you’ll have a million dollars. The lesson here is that we should focus on small steps. Perfection can become our enemy and scare us into not taking action.
5. Surround Yourself With Like-Minded People
Team up with people who share common goals and core values. Some people pull us down and hamper our progress. But the right people lift us and push us toward our goals.
Steve Harvey says that some people exist in our lives but contribute nothing and have no value. People who give to you no matter what waste your time and energy. Could you get rid of such people?
6. Manage your strengths
You can combine your strengths and skills with others and bring them to your team. For example, if someone is good at creating new ideas and you are good at executing them, you could build a robust business.
Steve Harvey says that you don’t need to do everything by yourself. It’s okay to ask for help. People are always willing to share knowledge. Without sharing, knowledge is of no use.
7. Balance between flexibility and focus
Steve Harvey says, “You have to put your blinders on and say, ‘I’m laser-beam focused on this.’ But the road to success is always under construction. You will have to get ready for flexibility when you strike out on your goal. Because there will be detours, pitfalls, stop signs, men working, or delays. Detours—that has to be expected.”
Focus is essential when you want to achieve anything. But sometimes, your strategy might fail to work, so you need to take a different path with the same focus and intensity.
8. Scale the Edge of Your Comfort Zone
If you have a dream, you need to take that leap of faith and go all in on your goals. You can keep standing on the proverbial cliff and watch other people jump, take the risk, and grow to a new level. Or you can trust your intuition that the parachute will open, not immediately but definitely. Life is not worth living in the cage called a ‘comfort zone.’
9. Dream Bigger Than Your Fears
Many people never genuinely start their journey because of fear of failure. It would be best if you had something bigger than your fears. It would be best if you dreamed bigger.
When asked about removing terrorism from the world, Sadhguru said that we don’t need to eliminate terrorism. We don’t need to stop the bad; we need to overwhelm the world with so much good that there is no place for evil and that people choose the good naturally. It also applies to our dreams. A dream is so big that it puts fire in your belly and doesn’t let you procrastinate or sit back because of fear.
10. Use your emotions to fuel yourself.
Steve Harvey comes from humble beginnings; as a child, he was raised on a farm. And the work ethic he developed on the farm made him the successful man he is today. On his birthday, his hometown block was named Steve Harvey Way, which made him tear up. This shows that you need to be driven by emotions.
Showing emotions is not a weakness. Deep feelings—such as feeling protective of your family or having a burning desire to prove yourself—can drive a person to do extraordinary things in this world.