I've watched a lot of videos and read a lot of books on what makes successful people successful. Here's a short list:
-Creativity; curiosity; ingenuity; commitment; persistence; mindset; belief that they will succeed; intelligence; their network; their area of expertise; hard work; the school they went to; the year they were born in; timing; courage.
All of these are important, but I think what separates all of them from everyone is one thing:
Ability to delay gratification.
I was reading Mark Cuban's book. Cuban is the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and he's one of the investors on the hit show Shark Tank. He shares this anecdote:
I vividly remember being told how lucky I was to have expertise in [technology and PC's]. No one wanted to comment on how lucky I was to spend countless hours reading software or Cisco manuals or sitting in my house reading and comparing new technologies.
In other words, he did a bunch of stuff that wasn't fun so that he live an extraordinary life today, and what a life he's living. He's only 60-years-old (in that range) but I wouldn't be surprised if he's still doing great thing in 30 years.
When I read about successful people (ie- people who set goals and accomplish them), I see delayed gratification over and over.
The greatest challenge of your life will be balancing short-term gratification with long-term gratification. It's the story of my life and will always be that way until I'm about 80 or 90.
It was the story of my weight loss journey. Do I have dessert or do I not? Do I go out to that restaurant or do I not? Do I have an extra bite or do I not?
Any worthy goal will require long-term gratification. The more you have of it, the better, and the sooner you will reach your goals.
The best way to have more delayed gratification is to enjoy the process. Measure your progress. Do something better every day. Be better today than yesterday. The process is a long one so you might as well enjoy it.
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