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Four Important Ideas about Success

Aspire to be more: Your vision of yourself isn’t big enough. Your capacity far exceeds any limits that you perceive. You are capable of being and doing more. You only begin to stretch yourself when your vision grows big enough. Once you believe that you can be more, you will become more.

You can create a lot more value than you are presently. Go ahead and be more.

Fear isn’t real: There are plenty of bad and unpleasant things that will happen to you over the course of your life. Those bad things can cause you great pain. But fear isn’t real. It’s an emotional state. It’s suffering an imaginary pain. It takes courage to face the things that may harm you. But it’s the thing itself that harms you; the fear is something you conjure up in your mind.

Go ahead and act.

There is only abundance: There are a lot people who go without what they need to survive. But that isn’t because there isn’t enough food, clothing, shelter, or water. There are people who need help because they have no money. But that isn’t because there isn’t enough money in the world. And there are people that go without love, but that isn’t because love is a finite resource. Because we humans are endowed with curiosity, creativity, and resourcefulness, we have nothing but abundance. Scarcity is a mindset.

Believe that you can give more, and be open to receiving more.

Love is what matters most: You are only going to judge your life by your relationships. You are going to consider your successes in life to be the times when you made a difference for other people. You are going to remember the people that lifted you up, that cared for you when you needed help. More than “success,” more than money, more than any possessions, love is what matters most of all.

Go ahead and love more. That’s all there really is.

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  • Mark Filaroski

    Your blog is becoming so insightful. Thanks for sharing.

    • S. Anthony Iannarino

      Thanks, Mark!

  • John Spence

    Absolutely perfect…perfect! Thanks – very, very well said!

    • S. Anthony Iannarino

      Thanks, Mr. Spence!

  • Richard McAfee

    I love it. Great point about love. You old hippie. Keep it coming!!

    • S. Anthony Iannarino

      Hippie? Well, maybe a little.

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  • Marc Zazeela

    Anthony – I really LOVE your point about love. Without it our lives would be pretty meaningless.

    When you think about it, doesn’t it almost always feel better to give something than to receive the same?

    “And, in the endThe love you takeis equal to the love you make” Paul McCartney


    • S. Anthony Iannarino

      The first McCartney (the soul of the Beatles, for my money) on this blog. Thanks, Marc.

  • Abdulrashid

    i realy apreciate all thank u very much.

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  • Tamara Schenk

    This is simply brilliant!
    And – I love today’s cover photo so much – it’s beautiful, elegant, vulnerable and – just love.

    • S. Anthony Iannarino

      Thanks, Tamara!

  • Mark Washington

    You learn something new everyday, thank you.

    “The Power is in Your Hands!”

    • S. Anthony Iannarino

      Thanks, Mark!

  • Tim Gillette

    Great post. The power to a better life starts with the person in the mirror taking action. Rock on