Rolling Stone lead singer Mick Jagger has spent more than 50 years of his life being seen and heard by millions of people from all around the world. Regardless of whether you approve of his music or lifestyle, it is clear he has achieved a number of successes along the way. Here are his 10 rules of success for you to consider.
1. Don’t compare yourself to anyone.
By comparing yourself to someone else you are more than likely to not be successful. Why? There are actually two connected reasons. You cannot be who they are and you reject your own possibility of being unique and successful. Ask yourself how you will be able to recognize your own success if it imitates or duplicates someone else’s. Others can be inspirational or motivational, but your success must be unique to you.
2. Set deadlines.
If you don’t set deadlines you will never be able to move on. You can move forward, but the question is how do you measure your success or if you have achieved a goal. Setting a deadline doesn’t mean it will lack quality. It just means that you will have done your best so you can learn from your mistakes and know where to improve it the next time around. This leads to the next rule.
3. Be pleased with what you do.
If you are not pleased with what you do, then you will create a never ending project, or worse, become a perfectionist. Not every song Mick Jagger performed was a number one hit. Not every movie an actor does ends up making the studio $1,000,000. At the same time, they are not failures. They are the results of managing time and energy to the best of their ability and moving forward. Besides, people mostly remember the best efforts, not the worst. There is a reason for that. Do your best, be happy with the result, and learn from it.
4. Live your own ideals.
This is another way of saying be true to yourself. Everyone has a different view of the world and so will define success in their own way. Some people will define it as making a lot of money, while others see it as having a minimal amount of material goods and personally improving their character. The danger is if you don’t live your own ideals you will be living someone else’s. The potential result is you will never be happy with your own success.
5. Feed from your audience.
One of the internal realities of success is you want others to recognize your achievements. We may not say it or make it a point of our everyday lives, but when we finally reach a goal we want someone to share it with. Jagger’s idea is that we will get the motivation and encouragement from those who like what we do and recognize us for it. Performing in front of 10,000 people is not something most of us will get to do, but we can imagine the energy we can feed from if it were to happen to us.
6. Keep it interesting.
Nobody likes boring. Boring can mean that you on your journey to success have become routine and there is nothing new to look forward to. Some people call it “hitting a plateau.” To arrive at a point of success you have to consider those who are in your support group and the audience, no matter how small, you are performing in front of. Your success is not measured by how interesting your goals are, but you are far more likely to realize your goals if you become interesting along the way.
7. Make it happen.
Jagger directs this towards people who are waiting to be “discovered.” He says it is a romantic view but not something that is necessarily realistic. While admitting that there certainly are people who were unexpectedly “discovered” it is not a good approach for a successful person to take. The truth is closer to the reality that you will be discovered by pursuing your goals and planning for success.
8. Work hard.
Most people who want to be successful know what they want to do, the just don’t know how to turn their dreams into reality. What is amazing about the vast majority of successful people is they have worked hard to get where they are at. We see the result of the hard work of successful people, but rarely do we see the hard work that has gone into achieving that result. One truth about working hard is that you have a limited amount of time and energy to achieve your goals, and if you spend that time and energy doing something else you take away from achieving your goals.
9. Overcome obstacles.
Obstacles are inevitable on your journey to success. Some of the more common ones encountered are a lack of money or resources, a lack of time, and people who are intent on not seeing you succeed. What to remember is that this is all part of the journey. The best journeys will be those that challenge you the most because they will force you to make adjustments and become better at what you do.
Believing you can accomplish what you set out to do is perhaps one of the most difficult rules to consistently follow. It is generally easiest at the beginning, especially when your original plan is working exactly as expected. But the times when everything seems to be falling apart around you and your efforts have been wasted is when believing in yourself and your plan becomes essential. There is a difference between believing and being convinced. Belief is an internal dimension while being convinced is something you experience through external results. When the externals are gone, what is left is belief.