Secrets of Success in 8 Words by Richard St. John [VIDEO]

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Richard St John 8 Secrets of success


What are the secrets of success?

Is it because they’re smart, or are they just lucky?

Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute presentation on the real secrets of success. The video is based on his book.

Watch this insightful 3-minute video about what are the critical success factors? Seven years and 250 interviews to find out what makes TEDsters tick led to the following key points. What are the secrets of success?

8 Secrets of success

Create processes in your life that help you succeed. Processes become habits, and habits bring you results. Focus on what you are putting in every day, and the results take care of themselves. I added success quotes to some of the points to help you better understand the standards for success.

1. Passion

You do it because you really really want to do it.

Passion can come from within when you want to grow yourself. Maybe you want to become a better writer. Or it may be something you see that you think needs changing. Clean up the world oceans or put a man on Mars. Sometimes you want to help others. Educate kids or give shelter to others.

success quotes Reeves

Go out into the world with your passion and love for what you do, and just never give up. ~ Dianne Reeves

But sometimes you don’t have the passion to begin with. Just put in the work, and as you get better, you will find the passion.

2. Work

Hard work and having fun doing it.

Some work is fun. I sometimes lose myself in my work for hours. Sometimes it’s not! When the going gets tough, take it as a willpower exercise. The hard feeling is in your head. Learn to deal with it, and you can do anything. Hard work may also mean long hours. Build up your stamina to last longer than others.

I have tried to make work more palatable by taking it as a willpower exercise. As when you go to the gym and work out to put on some muscle, the individual reps may not be especially enjoyable. But you get the feeling of accomplishment, and you know you took another step towards your goals.

2A. Good

Being damn good about the thing you do. Practice, all the time.

The only way you will get better is repeatedly doing the things that are hard to do. Practice the things that you struggle with. Deliberately find ways to challenge yourself until you master the skills you need. And then keep going to achieve true mastery.

3. Focus

Make up your mind and do that one thing with all you’ve got. Always single-task.

I’ve had the problem of doing too many things at once for a long time. I still have problems focusing. Everything is so interesting. But focusing on one thing will get you results faster than you can imagine. On a smaller scale, do one thing at the time.

Don’t multitask!

Avoid distractions.

Turn off notifications.

deep work book

Take time to focus. Find ways to do deep work, where you can put your head down and work on something for several hours. The results you will get are incredible.

Check out the book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport. Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide a sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship.

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In short, deep work is like a superpower in our increasingly competitive 21-century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there’s a better way.

4. Push

Make yourself go. Don’t stop mentally, physically. Through doubts and shyness.

Just go! Self-doubt, the nay-sayers, people who do not believe in you. The times you fail at something. Every time you fall, get up! Just keep going!

5. Ideas

Notice things around you, be curious, solve problems, make connections.

Become an idea machine. Make your brain work on overdrive. Getting better at generating ideas is something you can train. First thing in the morning come up with 10 ideas. Every day! Read about how to become an idea machine in this James Altucher blog post.

  • Every morning sit down and write 10 ideas about anything
  • Do this 100 days in a row or forever
  • You can toss the ideas or give them to someone who may use them

In a year, you will have 3650 ideas. Most of them are crap. The ideas are rarely worth the paper they are written on.

But you have become an idea machine. Whenever you have to come up with ideas, you have no trouble at all.

As a bonus, you may have helped a friend with your ideas.

6. Improve

Continuous improvement is the key to all significant accomplishments. Most people can run a marathon below 4 hours. It takes time to get there, but almost everybody can do it. It will take about 8 to 12 months to reach this goal. Step by step, improving every day. If you haven’t run in your life and you are 100 pounds overweight, then it will take a year longer, but you will still get there.

Whatever you do, when you improve:

  • 1 percent per day you will improve 37 times by the end of the year
  • 1 percent a week you will improve 67 percent by the end of the year
  • 1 percent every month you will improve 12.6 percent by the end of the year and 3.3 times in 10 years

For most activities, 1% per day is unrealistic. But run 1% faster every week will get you a lot faster by the end of the year. Increase your net worth 1% per month by investing and saving. In 10 years your net worth will more than triple.

7. Serve

Give others something of value.

Maybe sometimes your motivation is money. It’s OK! The first thing you have to do in an emergency on an airplane is to put the oxygen mask on, then help others.

The same applies to your personal finances. If you don’t have anything to give you are in no position to help. But when you start to make ends meet, help those more unfortunate.

And of course, you can always help with a kind word or lending a hand.

8. Persist

Go through failures, criticism, rejection, assholes, pressure, just don’t give up.

Set up your standards for success in a way that depend on you and not on the approval of others. Deconstruct your big goals in a way that you can complete smaller goals every day. Your standards will make your road to success easier as you stay motivated.

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willpower quotes Winston Churchill

Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never-in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy. – Winston Churchill

Above all Trust Yourself: Arnold Schwarzenegger Six Rules – Many of us are insecure. We feel like hacks. Check out 6 rules of success that help you fulfill your dreams.

The 8 Traits Successful People Have in Common: 8 to Be Great

8 traits successful people have common

The secrets of success book is called “The ultimate guide to success.” It’s an inspiring and practical guide to achievement that makes success understandable. Richard St. John spent 10 years researching success and doing interviews with Bill Gates, Richard Branson, Robin Williams, Martha Stewart, Steven Spielberg, the Google founders, five Nobel Prize winners, and 500 other super successful people.

From that, he discovered the 8 traits of successful people, and these “8 To Be Great” are the foundation for success in any career. The so-called secrets of successful people. Check it out on Amazon.

Richard St. John – Marketer, success analyst

An average guy who found success doing what he loved, Richard St. John spent more than a decade researching the lessons of success — and distilling them into 8 words, 3 minutes and one successful book. He spent the next ten years researching success and asking over 500 extraordinarily successful people in many fields what helped them succeed. This led to his 8 secrets of success

“It’s so great. It’s such a boost of confidence. The secrets of success book really gives you a lot of self-esteem about who you are, and that you really can be somebody.” — Thomas Fischer, Habitat for Humanity

When you are interested in this book, then you might want to read another willpower book from this list.

Bonus 1: How to Succeed if 9 in 10 Businesses Fail?

Have you heard somebody say that 9 out of 10 businesses fail in a few years? How to succeed then? It is really that simple: to beat these odds, you have to start 10 times. Happily, for entrepreneurs this “fact” is total BS, and you shouldn’t worry much about that.

The real numbers from US census show that about half of the businesses make it to the year 5. What is even more encouraging is that 1/3 is still in business after 10 years. It is also important to note that these companies do not all crash and burn. Yes, some go bankrupt, but others are shut down due to other reasons.

So, go ahead, start now!


Bonus 2: The 3 Secrets of Highly Successful Graduates

The other day I found these slides on SlideShare. A really short and compelling story about how to understand what you want to do and how to get there. The slides are not just for the people who have just graduated. Developing yourself and growing is a life-long habit.

The 3 Secrets of Highly Successful Graduates by Reid Hoffman: Today’s graduates don’t feel ready for the new world of work. I share three things that successful professionals eventually figure out about their careers.


The presentation touches many of the tips I have written about over the last month:

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Priit Kallas

Founder of I created FixWillpower to help you reach your goals.I have struggled my entire life to be consistent and avoid procrastination. The goal is to have a good life, do the things you love and get your results with minimum effort.FixWillpower website is about how I create motivation and productivity in my life.I write about the tools and techniques, best books, scientific research, and everything else that helps you move faster and stay on track.Minimum effort doesn’t mean slacking off. Minimum effort is about effectiveness and productivity. If there is a way to reach a goal in a shorter time or with less exertion, then you should use that.I will help you be smarter and reach goals faster. About FixWillpower

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