When I Was 20 and Studying at UCLA, I Flunked an Economics Class
Failure is a part of life, and it has the power to either bring you down or motivate you to do better. When I flunked an Economics class at UCLA when I was 20, I was devastated. I had always been an overachiever, and the thought of failing was unbearable. However, instead of letting the failure defeat me, I bounced back. I retook the course and received an A. In that moment, I learned the power of resilience.
When I Was 22, I Interviewed with Four Different Managers at a Fortune 100 Company and Was Ranked Last in Every Interview
After graduating from UCLA, I applied for several jobs, including one at a Fortune 100 Company. I was thrilled to have landed an interview, but things didn’t go as planned. I interviewed with four different managers, and I was ranked last in every interview. It was a humbling experience, and I was frustrated. However, I refused to let the rejection bring me down. I continued to apply for jobs, and eventually, I landed my dream job.
When I Was 25, I Created Nine iPhone Apps, All of Which Failed Miserably
I have always been interested in technology and entrepreneurship, so I decided to create a company and develop iPhone apps. However, my first attempt was a complete failure. I created nine apps, and all of them failed miserably. I was disappointed, but I refused to give up. I learned from my mistakes and decided to try again. This time, I created four iPhone apps, and all of them hit the top 100 in the Business, Lifestyle, and Entertainment section.
When I Was 28, I Found out My Mentor and Friend Erik Passed Away from Cancer
One of the toughest times in my life was when I found out that my mentor and friend Erik, who was like a brother to me, passed away from cancer. I was devastated. However, I refused to let the grief consume me. I knew that Erik would have wanted me to keep going, to keep striving for greatness. So, I bounced back, and I continue to honor his memory every day.
The Power of Resilience
Throughout my life, I have faced numerous setbacks, failures, and disappointments. However, each time I fell, I got back up again. I bounced back stronger and more determined than ever before. Over the years, I have learned that the key to success is not avoiding failure – it’s learning how to deal with it.
Here are ten things successful people do to motivate themselves:
1. Understand Your Why
The most successful people in the world are driven by a sense of purpose. They know why they do what they do, and that knowledge fuels their drive. If you don’t know what your purpose is, take some time to figure it out. Once you understand your why, you will be motivated to make a difference.
2. Stay Focused on the Big Picture
It’s easy to get bogged down in the day-to-day tasks of life, but successful people know how to keep their eye on the prize. Whenever you’re feeling frustrated or unmotivated, remind yourself of your big picture goals. This will help you stay focused and motivated.
3. Get Active
Exercise has been proven to reduce the symptoms of depression, increase levels of serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine, and reduce stress. If you’re feeling unmotivated, try going for a run or hitting the gym. Not only will you feel better physically, but you’ll also feel more energized and motivated.
4. Have an Accountability Buddy
Peer pressure can be a powerful motivator. Share your goals with your friends and colleagues, and ask them to hold you accountable. Knowing that other people are counting on you can be a great motivator.
5. Use Motivational Quotes
Sometimes all it takes is a few words of inspiration to get you motivated. Find a quote that resonates with you and keep it visible. Whether it’s taped to your mirror or written on a Post-it note on your computer, having a motivational quote in sight can help keep you focused.
6. Create Small Goals
Big goals can be overwhelming, but small goals are manageable. Break your big goals down into smaller, more manageable pieces. This will help you feel like you’re making progress, and it will give you a sense of accomplishment each time you complete a small goal.
7. Have Fun
Life is too short not to have fun. The most successful people in the world know how to work hard and play hard. If you’re not having fun, you’re not going to be motivated to do great work. So, make sure to take time to relax, have fun, and enjoy life.
Meditation has numerous benefits, including reducing stress and anxiety, improving focus and concentration, and promoting overall well-being. If you’re feeling stressed or overwhelmed, try taking a few minutes to meditate. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel.
9. Find a Mentor
Having a mentor can be a great source of motivation. Someone who has been through the ups and downs of life and achieved success can provide valuable insight and guidance. Find someone you admire and ask them to be your mentor.
10. Remember Why You Started
Whenever you’re feeling unmotivated or discouraged, take a moment to remember why you started. What inspired you to pursue your goals? What are you hoping to achieve? By reminding yourself of your original motivation, you’ll be re-energized and re-motivated to keep pushing forward.
In conclusion, failure is a part of life, but it doesn’t have to be the end. The most successful people in the world know how to bounce back from failure and use it as a source of motivation. By understanding your why, staying focused on the big picture, getting active, using motivational quotes, creating small goals, having fun, meditating, finding a mentor, having an accountability buddy, and remembering why you started, you too can stay motivated and achieve your goals.