Thoughts on becoming great

Some of us, if not all of us would like to become great. Right? Everyone generally wants to be successful, wealthy, and even famous. We may want to be like Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, LeBron James, Michael Jordan, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Beyonce, Margaret Thatcher, Marie Curie, Ronald Reagan, Oprah Winfrey or whoever we admire. You know what separates us and them?


Work ethic, mental attitude, and the most important thing which is their value system. Maybe you want to be the greatest quarterback of all time. You know what separates you and Peyton Manning? It is those 3 things I listed earlier. Let me elaborate on those things.

  1. Work ethic: You have a system in which you accomplish the things you need to get done on a regular basis. You don’t get distracted and waste valuable time on other non-productive activities and if you make a mistake you don’t waste days dwelling on it. You persevere and continue to get things done and improve everyday. You work hard and you work smart, every single day without fail. Hard work is painful especially at first because you aren’t used to it, but you have to fight through that with your efficient work ethic, mental attitude, and determination to succeed at all costs.
  2. Mental attitude: There are periods where all of us feel depressed, discouraged, lazy, and we just don’t want to go forward. But this is the time when we must inspire ourselves again and march forward to achieve our goals. We should always try to stay positive and optimistic, even in the most adverse situations. Having this kind of attitude will deter us from giving up and providing ourselves with excuses and justifications such as “it’s too hard”, “I’m not smart enough”, “I should’ve been born rich”, “I’ve already messed up too much”, and simply “I can’t” when it actually means “I won’t”.
  3. Value system: Everybody needs to have values to guide them in life, being a nihilist and person without a code of values and morals is not a realistic or healthy life option. You need to scour all the resources (books, articles, religious material, spiritual material, parents, relative, friends, etc.) you have at your disposal and determine what your values are and stick to those. If you develop strong values and stick to them no matter what, you will be successful. But you have to be uncompromising with yourself when it comes to complying with your values, if you make a mistake you must immediately get back on track or you risk dumping your whole system for success down the drain.


This is not about eliminating failure, this is about developing resilience. There are times where you may fail or not stick to your values. The point is to immediately get back on track without wasting time feeling guilty or just giving up the whole thing. Every single time you fail in life and get back up you are exercising your resilience and character.


For example: You are trying to lose a 100 lbs after years of neglect to your body. You may fail to stick to your diet and exercise requirements multiple times. Instead of wasting time and effort feeling guilty and weak or just giving up the whole thing, you immediately mark the failure and get back on track. You make note of the trigger that caused you to cheat and you keep that in mind next time you have a similar feeling.


You can succeed but you must know who you are and what you are. Who are you? What is your value system? What is your work ethic? What is your mental attitude, especially in the face of adversity? Once you figure out the answers to these questions and implement your ideas, you can start your march forward to personal success.


This is Saint Reagan signing off


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