Monday, October 26, 2015

Becoming An Outlier: Steps To Success

By Evan Sanders

When it really comes down to it, your best life is going to be built when you start focusing on quality over quantity.

Focus on bringing quality things into your life. Focus on quality because it will end up surrounding you in high value people, things, and a lifestyle that you can be proud of. When you start focusing on having many things that are of low quality, it cheapens your life in the end.

I am a firm believer in the indisputable fact that there are things, people and goals that can only ever be reached when you grow into them. When you are going for the cheap stuff, you aren't ready yet. The day you can look yourself in the face and tell yourself that you aren't yet built to take on something huge is a very grounding, humbling, and yet above all...inspiring day.

I believe the great majority of people are disappointed in life not because they aim too high and miss, but because they aim too low and hit.

In order to become someone you've never been, you have to be willing to do things and act in ways you never have before.

You have to be willing to keep yourself accountable, honest, and act with integrity at all times.

And here's the final touch, you have to be willing to constantly raise the bar on yourself and who you are in order to achieve something that you've never achieved before.

When you let happiness find you instead of constantly going out and seeking it, life becomes a whole lot more interesting. Take some time to focus on improving yourself day by day and building your dreams. Eventually, as time goes on and you start tearing down the walls that protect you from putting yourself out there in the world, that happiness will find you.

There's so much out there about being happy, but I think anything, particularly when it's involved around an emotion, when attempted at "too hard" can basically end up being a disaster or completely inauthentic. I suspect, ultimately, making incremental changes to yourself and letting contentment find you because you're being the best version of yourself will deliver you more joy in the long run.

The bedrock of your greatest self will be built on sacrifice. Are you really willing to do the things today that others do not do? Are you willing to do the things that you know you are really capable of but are very tough? It is hard to look yourself in the face often and say, "I'm going to compete with my potential today."

Sacrifice is what will make you great.

Make something of yourself today.

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