“So, Aaron, do you want to be successful?” Now, first of all, that is definitely an easy question. One of those questions that, when asked, the person doing the asking knows the answer to. It’s obvious that an affirmative response is the right one here, Aaron, but hang tight.

Think it through, ready, set,…” Yes!” Bingo! Hit the nail on the head. Thanks, Aaron. Let’s face it, we all want to experience success even though we have different definitions for the word. Bottom line is that we don’t come out of the gates hoping to fail. When we do fail, success is defined by our ability to get up and face the challenges again.

That comes with the territory. But, since we’re not planning to fail, are there key components that we can look at that can hinder our chances for success? Before I answer this question, I need you to turn yourself into your favorite vehicle…

Sportscar, pickup, SUV, Jeep, Maserati…doesn’t matter. You pick your favorite and we’re going to imagine that you are that vehicle. What part of that vehicle are you going to choose NOT to maintain? Keep in mind, this is your favorite vehicle. You want it to look nice, run well, and comfortably perform for you. You don’t want it to break down and you probably have insurance on it to protect it from damage and theft. So, what do you do?

You display pride of ownership by regularly cleaning it, bringing it in for service, rotating the tires, and keeping it full of gas. Now, leadfoot, what are you doing to invest in you?

At age 25, Jim Rohn received the most helpful advice from a mentor. Since then he’s quoted it thousands of times and he is completely convinced that it changed his life forever. Here’s what he was told.

“Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you’ll make a living, if you work hard on yourself you can make a fortune.” ~ Jim Rohn

But how many of us actually do this? Most people graduate from high school, trade school, or college and they think, “Whew. I’m glad that’s over. That’s the last I’ll have to invest in myself to grow and learn.” Now really, doesn’t that sound ludicrous? Sure it does. You could easily agree that if you stop learning you stop growing, but that’s what a lot of us do.

So let’s start a new trend…today! Buy a new book, enroll in a webinar, work on your craft, or take time to study new industry trends. Work hard on developing yourself so that you can perform at your potential; not like a 20-year-old vehicle that has never been serviced since you bought it! The outcome is so obvious and simple…which must be why so many of us miss it.

Best of luck to your continued success!