One sure fact about being successful is you learn every day. The more you take up new challenges, the more your knowledge broadens. You could never know it all in a day.
For those new to the success journey, you should know for a fact that no information is common and nothing can be over-emphasized.
Start planning your future from the first day you start working.
It is important to have a laid down plan. I can’t say this enough because everything you do should be geared towards achieving that plan. Every single day you leave your house and every decision you take is based on that plan. Every expense incurred on every purchase made should be aimed at making that plan a reality.
In a simple sentence, it is never too early to have a precise and feasible plan that you can run with. You can’t leave anything to chance and don’t you buy into the idea that you are being too conscious.
Success is based on self-deprivation but only for a while.
There are certain luxuries that may seem normal to enjoy but you will have to turn a blind eye to them for now. For instance, your regular sit-out with friends every Friday night cost you money. No matter how little the amount is.
You have to be conscious of the fact that little drops of water make a mighty ocean. The little you gather based on self-deprivation, being visionary and taking up opportunities that come your way is what keeps you afloat on rainy days.
Don’t borrow; don’t lend.
This is one principle that could be difficult to practice but it saves you a lot of headache in the long run. Usually, when you lend out money you don’t get back what you give out. Even when you have a percentage of interest that is added to the original amount of money, you have no guarantee that exact amount will be paid in full and at the agreed time.
Eventually, you will diminish. You may make enemies in the process because most people would pay you in bits. The ‘Never borrow, never lend’ principle allows you to develop the instinct to save and put on your thinking cap towards investing in the future.
Instead of lending, put aside a percentage of what you don’t have an immediate use for and one day, it will grow to become something great.
Don’t trust people on face value.
Being gullible is a common human trait. We all tend to trust people easily especially when they come from a perspective that suggests they only want to see us succeed.
As much as it is important to have a certain degree of confidence in the people you work with, it is also crucial to find out more relevant information before you venture into any kind of relationship with anyone. Whether it is a working relationship or not, you can’t be too careful when it comes to your reputation, your resources, and your emotions.
Listen to the opinions of others and be open-minded while you analyze such findings.
Don’t let your taste rise above your status.
The major error many people make is to allow their taste to catch up with their rising status. Some people make even worst mistakes by allowing their taste rise beyond their status.
Don’t get me wrong. Of cause, there should be an improvement in the way you live. More money affords you better means of meeting your needs and even spoiling yourself a little. But it should be done wisely. Don’t go overboard.
Remember there may be a time when what you have may not be available again. You will have to rely on what you had put together. We all have wants. However, meeting those wants will only leave you in debts.