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The Key to Success. How To Be Successful

Updated on March 25, 2013

Find Success; Stop Working for Someone Else

You have probably heard that its all about attitude when it comes to being happy and successful.

The more you do in life and the more you accomplish. The more things you do in life, the more that statement will begin to make sense.

I was talking to my socialist Aunt who was vising the U.S. for a few weeks, and she asked me what I had been up to. When I told her of various business ventures I was involved in and that I was writing for Hubpages. She looked confused and asked how much I was making on this Hubpages writing site. She scoffed when I told her $2 per day. I was a little surprised because as a Hubpages writer who had been writing for less than six months $2 was good. I had to break it down by reminding her that a minimum of $2 per day became a minimum of $60 at the end of the month. She seemed to think this was okay as long as I was not actually working for it. But then I remembered some of my past conversations with her.

I was flipping houses and making investments a few years ago, and my Aunt was showing concern as to why I was not working in a full time job. It was as though she was saying, "you are a loser because you only work in your office 3 days per week." I was actually in one of the highest points of my life. I managed an office a few days of the week and the rest of the time I was making "real" money on my own. She was someone who could never get ahead in this country and had resorted to moving around several times, trying to find some kind of salvation. Her idea of being successful was having a 9 to 5 job, period! I learned long ago that a 9 to 5 job is a trap that will stifle one's ability to make money by doling out a status quo that keeps its recipients lazy, uninspired and fearful.

As I let it sink in I could see why she was never successful in this country. The desperation of having as much money as possible right now is what I have found to be the key of what forever traps people.

When building a business, one must be both patient and hardworking. The result of these sacrifices is often a good income and an independent lifestyle, in time. The result of having a job is often resentment over not being paid one's true worth, being taken advantage of, and the stress of office politics as the little people all vie for the attention of the big boss who is handing out promotions.

The key to success is to be daring and start your own businesses. The key to failure it to be trapped in a job. This is what life has taught me. My poor aunt always made sure that she had a job, and that kept her from ever being creative about what to do to earn a living. As time went on, she became bitter towards her coworkers and her bosses. She never earned enough to live a quality lifestyle. But, even though she sees that I have a much better quality to my life, her socialist, "little person" mentality keeps her worrying about my not having someone handing me a paycheck.

Rich People

Joe Kennedy: He may not be a good man, or a respectable one at that, but he was a successful one, and there are always things to learn from men such as he.

Joe kept his antenna up at all times. After graduating from Harvard, he made some real estate investments before wiggling his way into the bootlegging business.

Kennedy did not want to be a low life bootlegger and never intended to stay there. Joe used his charisma to do business in Hollywood. The movies and the movie palaces were bigger and grander than ever, and Joe eventually owned several movie houses across the country. Nothing was too big for Joe Kennedy. He set his sights on the prize, and like a relentless dog, he would not let go of his ultimate dreams. Kennedy accumulated a vast fortune in the stock market and real estate investments. He never worked for anyone!

Joe advised his children to never work for others and assisted them in their early political ventures.

Joe Kennedy's philosophy was, "if you can't be the captain of the team, don't play the game."

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Robert Kiyosaki, author of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series, has said that during one of the toughest times in his life he had lost most of his possessions and was practically homeless. Well meaning friends were telling him to just get a job, any job! But, Kiyosaki remembered his rich dad's advice to happiness and success. Kiyosaki knew that a job would mean a trap from 9-5, combined with the emotional stress of being on the good side of other employees, and hoping to be noticed and given a raise. Even though Kiyosaki was in a down turn in life, he kept himself working on developing a business that would work, instead of succumbing to the desire to have a paycheck. Needless to say Kiysaki had not regretted going on the hunt for a job.

Are there any truly happy and successful people who have jobs?

It depends on what you call success. To many people, having a job that pays well enough to keep them off of food stamps, and able to afford some of the finer things in life is success. I personally am not one of those people. I believe that when one is in a high paying job and buying the finer things in life the fear level increases as they depend on their job to support their expensive tastes. What happens to this person when they are fired? What does this person face when going to the office every day? Probably an unbearable level of back stabbing and squabbling with coworkers, and long hours with less time as their responsibilities increase. A smart business owner can increase profits and have more free time simultaneously.

John D. Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie and William Randolph Hearst were powerful men who gained tremendous wealth by being entrepreneurs. Something these three giants of success share is the fact that the only time either of them ever had a job, was in their teens with the mindset of learning enough to branch out into something bigger and grander that what they were working for. John D. Rockefeller was an entrepreneur, and in charge of his life by his mid 20s, Andrew Carnegie had made over one million dollars in his early thirties, and William Randolph Hearst was buying up blocks of Manhattan for his mistress, Marion Davies in the 1920s.

After completing my education in nursing school, many of my family expected me to practice as a nurse for the rest of my life. While there is nothing wrong with nursing, It is still just a job. I could make good money nursing, but there is a limit as to how much I can make. That is the same with any professional job. This is why I say, a job will not make you rich. It can provide decent income, but if you really desire major success, you must come up with a business plan and follow through with it.

With a business, the sky is the limit!

Nine Things Successful People do


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