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What do you think of when you think of success?

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What do you think of when you think of success?

Today, I am speaking at the National Achievers Congress in San Jose, California. This is an important event where some of the most successful people in the country (Donald Trump, Anthony Robbins, my husband Robert, Harv Eker, and many others) will help motivate and inspire people to take control of their lives and their finances. We will all talk about being successful.

But success means different things to different people:

Is it owning a big home, driving a nice car or having money to buy all the things you dream of?

Does it mean creating a thriving business that provides jobs and valuable products and services to others?

Maybe it just means being able to pay your bills so you can keep food on the table and avoid foreclosure?

What do you think of when you think of success?

To me, success is being in control of my life without anyone telling me what to do (I hate that!). It means having regular, passive income so that I can spend my time and money how I please…without working at a job or worrying about my financial future.

And after years of increasing my financial education and taking action on that knowledge every day, I am successful. Now, it’s my turn to share what I’ve learned with you via this blog, books, games, events like the NAC, and more.

Now, you may not share my vision of success, but if you want to be financially-free and have more time to do the things you want to do, it’s just a matter of breaking your goals down into smaller pieces and focusing on what you need to do.

For example, I’ve taken what I’ve learned about success and broken the process down into three steps that I call the Triple-A Triangle™:

  1. Aspire.
    Develop your goals and have a very clear picture in your mind of what you want to accomplish.
  2. Acquire.
    Get the information you need to reach your goals. This may be reading books, taking classes, listening to presentations, watching Webinars, and more. Increasing your financial education is a daily process that never ends.
  3. Apply.
    Once you have the information, do something! So many people stop here because it is the most frightening part, but this is the most important step to financial freedom and making your goals a reality.

    You’ve got to take action, make decisions, learn from your mistakes, and move forward. Otherwise, you will be stuck aspiring and acquiring the rest of your life.

Many of you already know about the Triple A Triangle™. Have you used it to move towards positive change and success yet?

Success is not for Everyone

Many people say they want success, but they are not willing to do what it takes to achieve it. From the words of my fellow speakers at the National Achievers Congress:

"The secret of success is learning how to use pain and pleasure instead of having pain and pleasure use you. If you do that, you're in control of your life. If you don't, life controls you." Anthony Robbins

“You can’t be scared. You do your thing, you hold your ground, you stand up tall, and whatever happens, happens.” Donald Trump

“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way.” Robert Kiyosaki

“Thoughts lead to feelings. Feelings lead to actions. Actions leads to results.” Harv Eker

So are you going to be one of those people who dreams about success or actually does something about it? No matter what success means to you, it’s time to take action and make your dreams a reality.

What are your secrets to success and financial freedom?

Please share your thoughts below. And if you’d like more information to help you get started, check out our free, financial education resources here.

Original publish date: April 12, 2012

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