Successful people believe that the source of their success is internal. Less successful people believe that external forces control their success.
A hustler believes that they are acting upon their world, it is not acting upon them. Because the hustler believes they can shape their world, they take action to control and influence that which is necessary for success. This starts with controlling themselves, including their beliefs, behaviors, and actions. They also act to influence everything else to tilt things in their direction, allowing them to produce the results that build success.
Non-hustlers believe the world is acting upon them. They believe that their circumstances dictate their present condition and the possibility for future success. The non-hustler believes they have a greater chance of winning the lottery than generating financial success by investing in themselves. They believe that external factors determine their fate.
The non-hustler believes that their history, the circumstances of their birth, their familial situation, their martial status, their present employer, their present manager, the general economy, their government, or their government’s enemies all control the level of success available to them. To the non-hustler all their problems are external.
The hustler believes that all their challenges are internal, that they are of their own making. This belief is what empowers the hustler to act. The hustler sees adversity as a gift, something to push against.
The circumstances of their birth are something they have the power to escape. Their present employment is a place from where to launch their next project. The general economy is a place of opportunities that others are afraid to pursue.
The most powerful decision you can make is the decision to take total control of your life. If your life isn’t what you want it to be, you have the power to change it. If what you are doing isn’t what you are supposed to be doing, you have the power to do something else.
Until you make the decision to control your life, success will elude your grasp. If you want it, you have to control it.
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