top-1-percentWe can learn a lot from the wisdom of successful people. In fact, making a 1 degree shift in thinking may be all that is needed to move to the top 1%. It’s wise to study the wisdom of successful people. They are rare and apply the application of wealth knowledge to move from survival to significance.

Principle One: There will be no breakthroughs in your life without first exercising courage

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.”
Winston S. Churchill

Many people falsely believe that luck has something to do with success. That someone’s abundance was earned because of their circumstances. While luck may be involved and certainly more wealth could probably be earned in the United States than in Africa, 99.5% of all wealth is a product of breakthroughs. There are four C’s that need to be followed to achieve any breakthrough:

  1. Commitment
  2. Courage
  3. Confidence
  4. Capability

In their proper order, courage comes before the breakthrough of confidence and capability. It takes a great deal of courage to forge ahead with commitment to achieve a dream. There will be many obstacles placed before you from the very beginning of your journey and you’ll have fear that needs to be conquered. Many people without the commitment and courage will only see the first obstacle and quit there before they even get started. Then a majority that start will quit at the second, third or forth obstacle, declaring “It’s to hard. I can’t do this.” Sadly, they will never experience the breakthrough that will only come with forging a head.

Wealth is a product of a great deal of courage.

Principle Two: Wealth is a product of your strength of character

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.”
Albert Einstein

Most people could take a lesson from the lumberjack who entered a competition to see who could saw down the tree the fastest. Upon the start gun going off all the lumberjacks started to saw down the tree except one. This wise lumberjack spent time first sharpening his saw. Then when his saw was sharp began sawing. Soon it was evident that he would win because all the other lumberjacks began to work extremely hard when their saws became duller with use. The one wise lumberjack handily won the competition because he had the sharpest saw.

This principle is true with creating wealth. Be a better person. Be knowledgable of all things. Study the success principles. Learn how the mind works and how to communicate and connect with people. Embark on sharpening your saw through personal development. Be fit, exercise and eat right. Be healthy.

Spend time learning how to be happy. Money does not create happiness but happiness can create money.

Principle Three: Focus on adding value to others by doing something wonderful

“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
Steve Jobs

What ever it is you choose to create wealth with, do it with the first priority to serve others wonderfully! Wealth is created by adding more value to people than they paid for the product or service. This creates demand for what you do. When was the last time you went to Disneyland and didn’t just have a great time and you were glad you went and started looking forward to going back? Walt Disney wanted to make you happy and add more value than you paid for the experience. This is a principle that many people don’t understand. They complain about their job that they are underpaid. They pull back and just do enough to get by. On the contrary, wealthy people in the 1% are constantly looking for ways to serve others better.

Principle Four: Love what you do!

“I can honestly say that I have never gone into any business purely to make money. If that is the sole motive then I believe you are better off not doing it. A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
Richard Branson

You’ve probably saw or heard an entrepreneur passionately talk about their business. Their eyes light up and you can tell in their voice they love it. You’ll be fired up in the morning to start your day when you love what you do. Then it’s not really work! It’s fun!

Principle Five: Understand there is a price to pay for success

“Freedom is possible, but it isn’t free.” 
Eric Worre

For the successful they’ve learned how to stay committed to the end. That commitment comes with sacrifice. They are willing to do what others won’t do so they can have what others can’t have. They give up short-term rewards for long-term dividends. They work when others want to play. Most people seem to fear success because they are not willing to pay it’s price.

Principle Six: Have abundant faith in your dream and you’re ability to achieve it

“Impossible is not a fact, it’s an opinion.”
Muhammed Ali

There will be very few people that will share your dream in the beginning. In fact, most will be naysayers telling you it’s impossible. They’ll tell you that to make them self feel good because they don’t believe they could do it.

All that matters is that you believe it’s possible.

Principle Seven: Success is earned by the decisions you make and not by your conditions

“It is your decisions, and not your conditions, that determine your destiny.” 
— Anthony Robbins

Life is all about making right choices. Regardless of your circumstances, you can make choices that will move you forward. Many unfulfilled people with shattered dreams believed that they had no choice in how their life turned out and that they had no way of any other outcome. Successful people become fulfilled and capture their dreams  regardless of their conditions. They are optimistic that their futures will be bigger than their past and that they can make decisions to accomplish it.

About the Author Michael Lantz (Big Papa)

The Wellness Warrior™; Health & Leadership/Business Coach, Speaker, Blogger, Author, Ironman Triathlete Helping others live with more health and joy, paying for their dreams and make a difference in the world! Learn more: