A lot of people like to point at those who achieve success and say they were lucky. They will assume that they were handed an opportunity because of family connections or by sucking up to the boss at work. But the truth is that success has nothing to do with luck. Success rarely comes to those who sit around and wait for something good to happen. Instead, success is achieved by those who go out and seize opportunity for themselves. It is often mindset and not ability that determines a person’s level of success. Research has consistently identified habits and traits that differentiate the high achievers from the rest, and they are habits and traits that anyone can adopt. The book Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi goes into detail on these habits. So, what are some key takeaways from the book?

Be intentional

Many people struggle to answer the question ‘what do you want to achieve in your life?’, it is hard for many to articulate accurately what they want. It is a lot easier to explain what they don’t want though. There are lots of people who will say that they don’t want to work this job forever, or that they don’t want to live in the same neighbourhood or stay in the same financial circumstances. But when it comes to specifically what they would like instead, they have very few details. This is why many don’t succeed. Quite simply, if you don’t know what you want, then how can you make it a reality? Even those who think they have an answer will say something generic like ‘I want to be rich’ and if you as how they either won’t know, or they will say something vague like ‘run my own business’. Those who achieve success figure out their why and then are intentional in their actions, everything that they do is geared towards that end goal.

Overcome negative forces

In the book the author shares a fable that the Navajo people tell their children. The fable tells how

inside all of us, there are two wolves in a constant struggle with one another. One wolf is filled with love and compassion; it believes it can achieve anything it puts its mind to. The other is a jealous and malicious creature that only sees evil in the world. The wolf that eventually wins will be the wolf that you decide to feed. We all have that inner voice that causes us to doubt ourselves, but if you want to achieve success then you need to learn shut this voice off by cutting out the habits that feed it.

In addition to the negative inner voice we have, its also important to ignore unqualified viewpoints. Those who dream big are often told by those who haven’t achieved big things that they are aiming too high. The world is full of family and friends who want to tell you that you don’t have the right experience, education, money and so on to get something off the ground. But with all due respect what does your uncle who is a mechanic know about launching an e-commerce app? What does your cousin who works as a barista at Starbucks know about securing a promotion to head of your department within one of the largest financial services companies in the world. Instead, you should seek advice from those who have achieved success in the area you are pursuing.