When it comes to success, I am an advocate of the famous saying “Age doesn’t matter.” I always tell the people I engage with that age is, in fact, our greatest advantage. We can never be too young or too old to dream.
I hope the following motivational hacks will inspire you to have the heart of a young achiever and to do things now, not delay for tomorrow. Remember, we may have different measures of success but what matters is owning the journey and working towards reaching our goal destination.
- Finish your studies. A degree is important as it will be your passport to success. The corporate world is like a jungle and if you enter it without any protection (your education), lions will snatch your dreams away. Don’t give up and get that degree.
- Map your life. Learn to create goals, both short-term and long-term. Having a goal is the number one motivational tool; ask yourself what you want and work towards that.
- Leave no room for regrets. Regrets will only (emotionally) pain you. Rather than obsessing over your regrets, why not see the many blessings that life has to offer?
- Be a doer, not a nagger. Do what you have to do and stop complaining. Don’t be that kind of person who loves to nag but doesn’t act.
- Stop living the blame game. You have dominion over your life. Stop pointing the blame on other factors as to why you aren’t succeeding in life.
- Love your parents. Value your family. One day, you’ll realize how fortunate you are to have your parents and your family by your side. Don’t take the time you have with them for granted.
- Learn what ‘productivity system’ works for you and stick to it. Experiment on different productivity systems and find out what best suits you. Learning how to be productive- not simply busy- is essential, especially when you enter the corporate world.
- Be passionate with your craft. If you are not 100% passionate about what you are doing, the tendency is that you’ll end up surrendering in the middle of the journey. Pursue what you are truly passionate about.
- Learn the value of being grateful. Find time to be thankful with what you have and always develop a positive perspective. This will make a lot of difference in your life.
- Never stop learning. Always strive to expand what you already know. Read books, listen to helpful podcasts- always find ways to keep learning something new.
- Challenge yourself. Don’t settle for average. Make it your goal to progress instead of being stagnant.
- Pray. Develop a personal relationship with God.
- Share what you know. The good thing about sharing your knowledge with others is that you get to learn new things about other people too.
- Find your core values. Establish your personal pillars that determine your character.
- Find your voice. To be heard in this busy and noisy world, you have to find your own voice and your own niche. Determine what you really want and live by purpose in life.
- Manage your finances. The earlier you start saving, the better the outcome. Money corelates with time. Learn to manage your finances now before its too late.
- Set your priorities. The more you practice the act of prioritizing, the more you will be able to adopt it. Train yourself to set priorities and stick to them. Acknowledge what’s important and act on it.
- Know your limits. It is important to remember the limits of your mind and body. As science tells us, there are three phases in life. The young years are when we are active and have more time and more energy. The middle years, we have more time but less energy. The older years, both less time and less energy. Now that you are in your prime years, learn to take care of your health and assess your working limits. This may put you in a better position in the future.
- Expect less, Give more. Instead of having high expectations for the world to simply keep giving you what you want, keep giving back to the world and to the people around you.
- Build your network. Surround yourself with people who you want to be like. The more that you surround yourself with excellent people, the more likely you will attain their attitude.
Bonus: Love doesn’t mean being in a relationship.
Do not obsess in finding your ‘soulmate’; true love waits and blossoms in the perfect season when you are fully prepared. Do not limit the meaning of love to having a relationship. Love life. Love love. Give love.