Success has levels.
Success is measured by certain intangibles that create it. These intangibles can be described as the measurements people use to indicate their success level in relation to others.
The most common is the money, as people in our society often measure success financially. Many times this is the most accepted way we judge how well people are doing in life in terms of business advancement, or lack thereof.
We have other intangibles such as status, social spheres, experience and influence. These are the mix of variables in characteristics that are never quite the same with two people. They are always mixed with multiple facets, making it hard to compare one individual’s success with another in terms of ranking.
There are Drastic Differences of Success in People At Opposite Ends of the Spectrum
Someone who’s been in the game for a year, with $1000 coming to them on a monthly basis, is at a lower level, per se, then a multi-millionaire investor who’s built, sold and invested in over 100 companies.
The person with the most experience, influence and social status is generally perceived as more successful. Whether you agree with this point or not, is irrelevant.
What I’m talking to you about today is the way that people stack up against each other and how to approach each type of person. With this understanding you’ll be able to learn, teach, and understand simultaneously.
The people with enormous experience, projects, and positive social movements going on must be treated with the respect and recognition of accomplishment that they deserve.
They’ve done a lot to get exactly where they are today, and their time is valuable because they’ve put in the groundwork. For instance, you cannot go in to see them, demanding that they drop what they’re doing any day of the week for your issue.
This applies when seeking change, asking for investment capital, and networking with power players. You must adapt your approach to the type of people on different levels.
Ground Rules for Approaching Successful People
If you’re looking to learn from the people above you, as you should be, it’s very important that you’re careful with how you deal with them; you might not get another chance.
– Understand their time is valuable
– Understand they’re likely very busy
– Understand you’re not the only one contacting them for something
– Recognize most successful people are very generous and helpful with their time & resources
– Keep your requests reasonable and clarify “why” you’re asking for what it is you want
– Seek to add or contribute something to their life; don’t just take
Picking the Right Level Success Network
When you’re looking for a mentor, it’s important to realize that people are going to be able to explain, teach, and demonstrate the best what they’ve recently done. It’s very hard for others to explain to you in detail and profoundly what they did twenty years ago in order to get where they are now.
That said, I believe in picking people that are very far ahead of you so you can soak up an immense amount of knowledge, wisdom and experience. These can come from multiple sources.
So let’s say you’re interested in a public speaking career, you could find someone who’s been speaking internationally for 20 years, and learn a lot. You could also find a person who’s been traveling the nation speaking for a couple years, and the latter person might be able to relate to where you are a bit better.
This is why I believe the levels to success are twofold.
a) There is a difference in the levels successful people operate on
b) There are levels of working knowledge availability that you can learn from
With A: As stated before, many factors of people’s success including business status, social influence, and experience. These types of levels are often drastically different from each other, and just as often faintly undecipherable. Sometimes the lines are blurred, as with anything, and sometimes the definition is clear as day.
With B: The person you’re actionably learning from should still remember clearly what it was like to be at your level. They shouldn’t be so far removed from where you are that they can no longer help you.
Taking it one step further, you should also remember this when helping others learn what you know. It’s difficult to explain to someone how to earn passive income if they’re still trading time for money. However, if you’re just starting on your journey and have had some success, then you do have value to offer.
This is why it’s so vital learn from people at higher success levels and still teach the lower levels. To move forward, you need to know what to focus on, train on, practice, and progress with by actionable steps.
It’s helpful to be able to teach these concepts as well. Additionally, to have a huge end goal, you need to know also how to develop this into concrete form. This is why I suggest an approach that incorporates both.
My Way of Having Both
I’ve been fortunate to be around people who have taught me an immense amount about making money, traveling smart, becoming a success and moving my mindset forward. I’ve made sure to connect with people above my level that can give me some advice about the way things are and how to better them.
I also make sure to take in an enormous amount of content from people that I don’t yet know but are more where I want to be. I do this by watching their videos, reading about them, and reading from them. I study things that have made them successful, I learn what others have to say about their success, and I mimic qualities that will push me forward towards my goals.
My Short Anecdote in Bali That Exemplifies This
I’ve been taking some R&R at a chilled out resort in Bali for a month, and I noticed a funny incident by the pool.
A little toddler waddles up to the hotel door to enter the room his family was staying. As he pushed relentlessly upon the closed and locked heavy door, it never crossed his persistent mind that maybe it wasn’t possible not to pass through.
He didn’t understand there was absolutely no way for his 10 kg. body to surmount the foe of the heavy, locked, key-coded door.
He of course needed a striped electric keycard that’d match up only to the specific unit that his family was inhabiting.
But explaining this intellectually to a little fella, who could barely talk?
And the same goes for success levels, where people who, 10 years back, unlocked the level and ‘beat the boss’ of the level you’re currently playing on…
When they try to explain something to you about how to surpass your challenges, sometimes it can sound like gibberish.
Their reference points are all coded differently. They forgot (or cemented, rather) some of the fundamentals you’re still working hard to internalize, over a decade ago!
At times, they can point out where you’re failing and heal it up in a half-millisecond, and others, you just have to find your own way around it.
Balancing It All
Ensure that you are balancing your intake of actionable information and planning information in your life. Learn from people who’ve just completed what you want to accomplish, and remember to teach people what you’ve just accomplished. This way people can connect better with what they teach and learn.
It’s important to have a steady balance of both people who are far above you in success, say 5 or 10 years, as well as people who are just a bit ahead of you, say 6 or 12 months.
This way you will keep things in perspective, learn from the greats, and learn from the successful people down the road. Also you are able to turn around and lift up people who are behind you on the road a bit, while congregating with many close friends on the same mission around your level of success.