To many people, success can seem like the great unknown, a concept that we all yearn for, but seemingly only few can actually ever reach. For some, success comes naturally, perhaps born straight into it. But for others, success means many years of learning, striving and doing the hard yards to get to where they want to be.
Any many of the most successful people in this world know that success should never just be enjoyed by an individual, but is instead meant to be shared with the masses. Here are three people who have shared their secrets of success with us:
Oprah’s journey to stardom has been one of intense hardship. Her life started in 1954, born into poverty and a broken family, she could barely be afforded the basics of human life. In her teenage years, she developed an affinity for journalism that later led her to host one of the most successful and highly viewed TV shows of all time.
Oprah attributes much of her success to what she considers to be, one of her biggest productivity secrets: Being fully present. In today’s world of new media where there are constantly plenty of things to be concerned about, Oprah has determined that it’s all about ‘focus’.
“It’s about living a present life, moment to moment—not worrying about what’s going to happen at 3 o’clock and what’s going to happen at 7 o’clock.”
She believes that the only way to fully experience something calls for a level of strict intensity and truth. “That whole thing about multitasking? That’s a joke for me. When I try to do that, I don’t do anything well.”
When Oprah sets her mind to a project, she surely does just that and ensures that other matters are no longer prioritise in her mind. She has used this technique of being fully present for everything, from her passionate interviews on The Oprah Winfrey Show to her producing of the film Precious. Oprah’s key to success is to give the things you are truly passionate about – your every attention so that you can do them to the best of your abilities.
Burnie Burns, the creator of one of the most famous and long running web series, Red Vs Blue, also has words of wisdom for young hopefuls. After being accepted into the University of Notre Dame to follow his dream of studying medicine, but being unable to afford tuition, Burnie instead invested his time Into a Computer Science degree at the University of Texas. Burnie started off volunteering for a student-run television in hopes of finding success there. But his strong intentions of eventually making a movie led him to start a major online content creating company called Rooster Teeth.
15 years of creating later, and Burnie has found himself as an independent film maker and producer, creator of many live actions series, animes and cartoons, a well-known internet personality and multi-award winner. Many have asked him – What is his key to staying motivated? and in his Vlog he replies with: “I don’t believe in motivation, it’s not something you can cultivate… Motivation is an emotional component to inspiration… Motivation is fickle, you have to cultivate discipline to get stuff done… and by cultivating discipline, by working on things even when you don’t want to, that’s how you can get things done over a long period of time, and it’s so much more reliable than motivation”
“I don’t believe in motivation, it’s not something you can cultivate… Motivation is an emotional component to inspiration… Motivation is fickle, you have to cultivate discipline to get stuff done… and by cultivating discipline, by working on things even when you don’t want to, that’s how you can get things done over a long period of time, and it’s so much more reliable than motivation”
He finishes off by saying:
“The trick is not figuring out how to get motivation, the trick is figuring out how to work without it.”
Mark Zuckerburg, the creator of widely used social media platform, Facebook, recently gave an address to Harvard Graduates. His main focus of his speech was to bring an identity to the feeling of purpose in regards to community.
“Purpose” he said “Is that sense that we are part of something bigger than ourselves, that we are needed, that we have something better ahead to work for. Purpose is what creates true happiness.”
What pushed Zuckerburg forward was not just the need to be building a company, but the need to make an impact.
“It’s not enough to have purpose yourself. You have to create a sense of Purpose for others”
Being a young creator, he was quick to realise that those around him were not driven in the same way he was. At 22 he was pushed to sell the company by people working with him because they were working to find only their own purpose. Zuckerburg’s advice to these young Harvard graduates, and to anyone who marvels at success is to stay focused on the bigger picture. If you push yourself to be successful for the sake of other people’s betterment, then you will never stop pushing yourself, and success will come as a result.
By Keralyn Lohr