8 Secrets of Success

By Heather Matthews

Success or the pursuit of it is what drives a lot of people. But, have you ever wondered if there was a secret to success? Is there some trick or some shared quality that sets successful people apart from the rest of the crowd?

Success expert Richard St John interviewed over 500 of the most successful people in the world. In doing so, he has come up with a list of 8 secrets that are essential to success.

He compressed what is normally a two-hour presentation into this highly informative 3 minute TED Talk.

It started when Richard was asked by a teen – What leads to success? Feeling bad because he was not able to answer the question, he decided to ask some of the most successful people in the world the very same question.

So, 7 years 500 interviews later here is what he came up with.

1. Passion

They say, ‘Do what you love and you will never work a day in your life.’ The same goes for success, you need to follow your passion.

Freeman Thomas, says “I’m driven by my passion”. Do it for love they don’t do it for money. Carol Coletta says, “I would pay someone to do what I do”.

The interesting thing is if you do it for love the money comes anyway.

2. Work

You need to work hard if you wish to succeed. No one ever did well by taking the easy route.

St. John said that Rupert Murdoch told him that “It’s all hard work nothing comes easily, but I have a lot of fun.”

“Fun” may not be something readily equated hard work, but it’s true. Successful people have fund doing the hard work.

3. Good

In order to be successful, you have to be good at what you do.

Alex Garden says, “To be successful put your nose down in something and get damn good at it.”

There is no magic to becoming good at what you do. It all goes back to hard work and practice.

4. Focus

Norman Jewison said, “I think it all has to do with focusing yourself on one thing.”

You will never be successful if you have too many things on your plate. Decide what you want to do, figure out how you want to do it and focus on getting it done.

Achieving success is hard enough without you trying to achieve multiple goals at once. Do yourself a favor and focus on just one or two.

5. Push

David Gallo says, “Push yourself physically and mentally.” You’ve got a push, push, push. You got to push through shyness and self-doubt.

It’s not always easy to push yourself. There will be times when motivation is hard to come by, but don’t let that stop you.

6. Serve

Serving and giving back is important. In his talk, St John said, “Now a lot of kids tell me they want to be millionaires. The first thing I say to them it’s okay well you can’t serve yourself. You got to serve others or something of value because that’s the way people really get rich.”

Service makes you feel that you are part of something greater than yourself. It will help motivate you to be better at what you do. Giving and serving helps pave the way to your own success.

7. Ideas

Keep those ideas coming! Not every idea may be a good one, but never stop having them.

Bill Gates had the idea of building the first microcomputer software company. He acted on it and it has undoubtedly brought him immense success.

Richard says, “There’s no magic to creativity and coming up with ideas.” It’s true. You don’t have to force yourself to get great ideas, but if a good one comes your way, act on it.

8. Persist

Joe Krause says, “Persistence is the number one reason for our success”.

You got to persist to a failure you got to persist through CRAP which of course means:

C – Criticism
R – Rejection
A – Assholes
P – Pressure

Persist through all these and you are surely going to find success.

There you have it. Richard St John’s 8 Secrets to success. If you want to be successful, try these 8 out.

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