This will be the last of the Motivation Hack Advice by Famous People which is being continued from yesterday. Hopefull from the 3 articles, you are inspired to try a few new things.
Nonreactivity – Navy SEALs
Navy SEALs go through hell on a regular basis, and that’s just during training (in fact their most grueling test is actually called hell week). They do this in order to prepare their bodies and minds for the kinds of situations they will need to perform in when they are actually fighting wars.
So how do they cope? One of the tools they use is a mental trick called nonreactivity. That means simply choosing not to react to bad news, stress, anxiety, or setbacks. This has a lot in common with the school of thought known as Stoicism. It basically means that while you can’t prevent bad things from happening, you can prevent yourself from being upset about them.
Notice what has happened, and move on. You can worry about it later.
You Only Need To Be Successful Once – J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling has one of those classic success stories of being turned down by just about every single publisher before finally getting a book deal. This was good news for her and for the publisher, as the Harry Potter series went on to make more money than anyone could have predicted.
This is a testament to Rowling’s determination and self-belief, things we have already discussed previously.
But it also reminds us of one other fact: that you only need to be successful once.
This is why hard work and determination are so important. Because the more you keep trying, the more you stack the odds in your favor. If you sell enough products then ONE will eventually be a massive hit. If you ask enough people, then someone will eventually say yes.
Be The Last To Get Off The Treadmill – Will Smith
Will Smith is another actor whose success seems astronomic. After starting his career acting in a sitcom, Will went on to become one of the highest paying blockbuster actors in Hollywood. He took on dramatic roles as well as bigger roles, and he had many other successes in music and business along the way.
What’s his secret? Will puts it down to “staying on the treadmill longest.” He doesn’t believe he’s the most talented, but he says he will not STOP putting in the hard work until he has done the absolute most he possibly can do.
Thus, when everyone else has long gone home and given up the ghost, he is still churning away and pumping out work. That ensures that he stands out, and it gives him a huge competitive advantage over everybody else.