December 22, 2011, 6:00 am

The Simple Rules For Success

by: MD    Category: Miscellaneous
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As we sit down to think and reflect about life, our accomplishments, and our failures in 2011, we’re going to wonder about what it takes to be a success. For each of us there are going to be different rules for success and different ways to look at life. We all view success in a different way. For some of us success is all about money. For others, success is about lifestyle and how we live life. Some measure success in friends and family.

How does that saying go? If you want to get rich quick, then just count your blessings.

I’ve been struggling with what success means to me. I decided to look for some answers through a few of my favorite books that I have beside me on my desk right now. I wanted to see how successful people view success and getting more out of life.

According to Gary Vaynerchuk in Crush it!, there are three simple rules when it comes to his secrets to success:

  1. Love your family.
  2. Work super hard.
  3. Live your passion.

Those are some pretty simple rules. Obviously no advanced techniques are mentioned. This is a really simplified, yet effective way to look at success.

I wanted to learn more on top of this answer so I continued to read. I checked out one of my favorite books. In Linchpin, Seth Godin writes:

“The astonishing fact is that the most successful people in the world are those who don’t do it for the money.”

What’s the theme here? Both of these successful individuals are more focused on on delivering something valuable, instead of chasing the quick buck. There are many successful people in this world that never thought about making big bucks. They were more worried about the service and what they were actually going to deliver instead of thinking about how rich they could get. This might sound corny at first, but it seems to be true. When the chasing the big bucks, we often get distracted away from focusing on value. It happens to the best of us.

Where am I going with this? We all get a little too greedy sometimes. It’s perfectly natural to go after the money because we all need money. Well need to money to pay the bills and to live a normal life. Nobody wants to blindly “follow their passions” and live life with no money. That’s just not realistic at all.

Is there a solution to this greed? There are many ways that you can make money without a traditional job. There are many ways to get paid to do something that you love. I’ve been learning this over the past few years.

You don’t have to quit your job and follow you passions like the “experts” suggest you to do. You can moonlight with your new side business or you can keep a part-time job to ensure that the bills are always paid. You can eliminate your expenses so that you can survive off little money. You can move to a part of the country where the cost of living is much lower. You can start a side business as a hobby without any thoughts of money to see if you can even get it off the ground. There are many ways that you can live a life where you fulfilled. You don’t always have to be rich.

It’s impossible for me to define what success means for you and how you can be successful. At the end of the day we all view success differently. What I do know is that I’m interested in hearing how you define success.

What simple rules for success do you follow?

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Personally I think “live your passion” should be #1 as this is so important to overall happiness and success in the long run.

I would also add “have fun” to the list which is aligned to following your passion. Working hard is great, but continuous stress is bad for your health so its important to have fun and relax a little.

Another that I’d add is “act with integrity and ethically”. It takes years to build a reputation and 1 bad mistake to destroy it.

for me it has always been doing the best i can in whatever i am doing (whether a job, a hobby, a side business, etc regardless of the reason(s) i am doing it (i.e. whether for money or to provide the best product/service).

passion is certainly good to have, but on the flip side there are also some very successful people who do what they do for money – just clarifying so that any reader doesn’t leave with a one single impression after reading this post

If you do something you love to do, you will do it well. If you do it well, you will be successful and the money will follow.

by: The Financial Blogger | December 22nd, 2011 (3:22 pm)

Great post MD!

for me, success is simple: “have fun at what I do… whatever and whenever I do it!”

I’ve made a decision a few years ago to only do things that I like. Therefore, I’ve decided to quit my job if I ever don’t like it, sell my house and move if I don’t like it, end-up or create a new friendship if it’s fun.

My partner once told me: “do things that you feel you will regret of not doing in 25 years”. I guess this is the success: being able to do thing when you want to do them.

I will never pursue something that is not my passion or that I loathe. It’s not worth it to me. I know I won’t work hard at it and it will never be as successful as it could be even if the monetary gain is there. I do things that I know I am good at and pursue arenas where I will succeed.

No doubt, passion and consistency will reap big rewards. Find what you like, be creative, and prepare for success. Nice.

Great post MD!!!

Work to live, is one of mine.

Sure, work hard, but don’t forget what work and income can offer. Freedom for family, freedom for friends, freedom for new experiences and opportunities!

A very Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you!

I look forward to all your awesome content in 2012.


When you are doing something you love, I think you don’t typically realize how much work you are putting into it. Therefore, you are working twice as hard and then you begin to yield results. 🙂 I

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