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2000 years ago a famous philosopher named Aristotle wrote the statement
“Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom”
This statement was written approximately 2000 years ago. Aristotle is one of the pillars of ancient Greek philosophy and is the teacher of King Alexander III of Macedon, famously known as Alexander The Great.
So you might ask, how is this related to success, This article discusses the levels of becoming successful. I encourage anyone to read and understand.
What do you want to do with your life? I have meet a lot people through the years of my life and time and time again i ask a lot of people what they want, what do they really want. What do you want to become, what makes you happy? what are your plans for this year? I have ask a lot of people and time and time again the answer is the same.
Almost all the people i have ask with the same question say the same answer.
” i do not know”
During our childhood days we dream really big dreams. As we grow old, reality seems to be different than what we have been dreaming when we were just kids. Life is different in reality, it is different when we are in it, it is different when we grow up and experience life adversities and challenges.
Growing up is part our life and this is the stage of life that we sometimes and most of the times lost the sense of direction that we have in our childhood. We do not know where we are going anymore, this happens because of the environment, because of the surroundings, because of the heartaches, the trials in our lives. During our childhood days we seem to know exactly where we are going or what we want to become.
Level 1 – Learning level self discovery
In this level we know exactly what we want to become. And that is what i mean about the sense of direction. During our teenage life, we will either pursue the sense of direction that we dream in our early life or lost the sense of direction.
The teenage life, is the development stage of environmental learning, this is where we develop new skills, it can be personal skills or social skills or communication skills or what have you.
Only a handful of people will advance to develop the method and skills needed to achieve the sense of direction that we encounter and dream during our childhood life which is called
“Learning level self discovery the stage one of success“.
If you take for example the story of Warren Buffet, the guy had a sense of direction during his early childhood life he was interested in investments. And started reading a lot books in the library about investing. Warren met his mentor at an early age which is a university professor Benjamin Graham
Now, listen to this, %90 percent of people will not reach this level because of the following factors
2 Surrounding people
3 Trials in life
4 And more adversities
We are built for a purpose, that is the reason why we are here to achieve our soul purpose in life instead of just getting by in life. The sense of direction is called self discovery, this is the starting point of success and it requires years to build it, to hone it with discipline
Warren buffet is just one example.
Other Examples are :
Bill gates who discovered his sense of direction as early as his childhood age.
Arnold Schwarzenegger was able to know what his life purpose at an early age.
Cristiano Ronaldo started playing football at an early age and know his sense of direction
Richard Branson during his early age he always wanted to be a businessman
Henry Ford his curiosity develop into a passion and made him aware of his sense of direction at an early age.
How do people lost this stage?
The learning level self discovery stage will keep repeating itself through your intuition, a life events, a life’s calling.
If you have lost the sense of direction during your childhood life, it will come back again during your teenage life and if you have lost the sense of direction in your teenage life it will come back again in your early adult life and so on.
It will keep repeating itself, through life events, circumstances, incidents and it will show you what you have been wanting to do. It will repeat itself to let you know where you should go in your life.
The reason why we lost track on this level because of the trials that we have to go through in life and the adversities and all other negative circumstances in life.
How do people advance to next level ?
This is where we need to develop discipline and commitment
To further advance and to reach the second level we, most of the time we need to partner with other people with great ambition as well. Just like warren buffet during his teenage life he met his mentor Benjamin Graham he was able to advance to the second stage to further pursue the sense of direction he has at the learning self discovery level.
So the first is to partner with other people with bright minds and great visions. No man is an island no matter how smart the person is we only have two hands and one brain.
Second way to advance to the second stage of success is to enhance your skills your ability, in order to achieve something that you have never done before then you must become the success itself with training and learning. Yes, you yourself must be molded to the way you want to become. Physically and mentally.
Success will not come to you as easy as you want it to be, you need to mold yourself to become what you want, to achieve what you want.
At this stage one must develop the following attitude which are the attitude that helps anyone advance to the second stage.
Level 2 : Application of imagination and knowledge
This is the second level of success the application of imagination and knowledge.
After the the self discovery level, only a few people will reach the early stage of the second level because of the environment that surrounds them, the people that surrounds them and other negative circumstances that surrounds them.
Remember what I said about Warren Buffet,
Warren Buffet, met his mentor Benjamin Graham which is a university professor, at that moment when warren buffet met his mentor that was the second level which is called the application of imagination and knowledge.
In the stage of success
to be able to accomplish something that you have never done before you either require and must develop your skills that came from self discovery by partnering with other people or you need to upgrade your skills and your talent with intense self development.
That moment when warren met his mentor, it was the pivotal moment of his life.
Henry ford one of the most successful and richest people in the world pursued his childhood curiosity and his passion. During the early adult life of Henry Ford, he worked with Thomas Edison during his early adult life he was able to partner with other people with great visions and dreams to make his imagination a reality. At this level of Henry Ford’s life it was the pivotal moment of his success and made him one of the most successful and richest people in the world.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Arnold went to America to pursue his dreams, the dream he has during his childhood life during the first level of success which is the level of self discovery, Arnold went to America to pursue his ambition.
The moment Arnold went to America was the pivotal moment of his success for it was the second level of success which is the application of knowledge and imagination and because of that, he was able to partner with other people with great visions in life. And the rest is history
Level 3 – The persuasion for growth
This is the stage of trial and error.
In this stage what you will become in life will determine your persuasion and perseverance and discipline, having a very strong “will” or intense will, and determination on this third level of success. This is where most people will give up and quit and pursue a different path thinking that it was the correct path, only you yourself can discover your inner calling.
Success is not an overnight story. Success happens to those who persevere and to push even if people do not believe in you anymore. The will power you have and how bad do you want to achieve your dream, goal, ambition.
In this stage of success i have posted a video. Of the world’s famous basketball player in history —
This was Michael Jordan playing basketball in 1984. , we know for the fact that success begins early in life, it is up to us to follow the call of intuition.
At this stage one must develop the following attitude which are the attitude that helps anyone advance to the next stage
1 Intense training
6 And more intense human determination to never give up and keep pushing.
Another example is the story of Henry Ford, when he built his first company and failed, and built the second company and failed again. But Henry Ford did not stop after many failures
Another example is the story of Thomas Edison, the story mention that he made 1,000+ patents and ended up inventing the light bulb
Another story is about Walt Disney, how many times Walt Disney failed and no one believe in him he. Now everyone knows who Walt Disney is.
Level 4 – The light bulb moment level
Albert Einstein said
“”If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it””
This is the Aha! moment of success level.
This part is the enlightenment of your mind and the obsession of your work, the perseverance that you have made and not quitting to whatever life throws at you.
This is the level where everything falls in the correct order like a huge puzzle that you have been trying to solve like forever.
A puzzle that was so difficult to begin with, a puzzle of life that was given to you or you incidentally come across with.
This is your hard work, this is your obsession.
To sight an example of this level is when Thomas Edison perfected the light bulb, Henry Ford created his third company which is called ford motors until now, and Walt Disney built his Walt Disney empire
Level 5 Success Level – The influence of speech and action
After the Aha moment things will happen really really fast, before you knew it you will have already reach this level which is the success level.
This is all the hard work that you have made, this is where you have build already the Aha! Moment that you have encountered.
This is where most successful people are now. They have accomplished their life’s purpose and influence other people through their actions and words.
This is where success is.
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