How To Be 100% Successful At Everything

If you were to wake up tomorrow morning and KNOW, with an absolute certainty, that EVERYTHING you attempt from then on would be 100% successful, how would you feel?

Amazing huh?

Suddenly, you’d be a different person. You would stand differently, walk differently, talk differently.

You would be the King of negotiation and fear nobody. You would have supreme self confidence because you would KNOW that you will always be successful. The word would soon get round, and well, success grows success, right!

A pipe dream? Only for geniuses?

No, not at all.

Anyone can achieve it. Anyone in the world, and that includes You…

But before I tell you how to do it, let me tell you a story. A very, very inspirational story.

You may, or may not know much about cycling as a sport. But you will know it is a sport – hard to miss it really. In my younger days I was a competitive cyclist, and obviously followed all the main competitors and competitions around the world, with the main competition being the Tour de France – a three week ride that included monster mountain stages in the Alps and Pyrenees.

The top nations were all European – France, Belgium, Spain, Italy, and between them they dominated cycling globally.

British cyclists were always seen as something of a joke: if a British cyclist did manage to get into a European team and ride the Tour, it was only as a back-up. Carrying bottles of water for the other riders and mundane things like that.

Then, about eight years ago, a guy called Dave Brailsford took over British cycling and also become the manager of a new team – Sky – which was predominantly composed of British riders.

What he then did caused an uproar. He went public and proclaimed that within five years, a British rider, in a British team, would win the Tour de France!

The cycling world fell apart. They just couldn’t believe the gall of this man. This was such an unlikely scenario as to be completely laughable. How could a ‘joke’ cycling nation produce a team to win ’Le Tour’! This was like Gibraltar saying they were joining the nuclear arms race and putting a man on Mars.

The rest, however, is History. In 2012, in just their second year at the Tour, Sky won with Bradlay Wiggins. The next year they won again, with Chris Froome. In 2014, whilst on course for another victory, Chris Froome fell and broke his arm, subsequently retiring. He did, however, with the next three tours, and in 2018, his team mate Geriant Evans won.

The Sky team now dominates world cycling, and the British cycling team dominates at major track competitions around the world, including the Olympics. Witness London 2012 for example, where British cyclists were invincible.

So what is there secret? How did a country of no-hopers become to be sitting at the top of the cycling pyramid in such a short period of time?

The Secret, let me tell you, is a very simple one indeed, but it starts with Commitment and Self Belief.

I make no apology for banging on about Self Belief, because without it you have no chance of success. At all. Ever. If you don’t believe anything else, believe that…

I do realise, however, that it is difficult to build a foundation of unshakeable self belief if your main experience of life is, if not failing, then at least not achieving very much.

The good news is that you can change your outlook and belief, and pretty quickly, and when you do, you will begin to see results. Small ones initially, but those will grow into bigger and better results, and each one will begin to grow in you the belief that hey, I can do this thing!

So let’s explain how you can make sure that your next venture is 100% successful…

Let’s assume that you are fed up working in your J.O.B. for a wage and you want to make more of your life. Now, assuming you have the desire, commitment and self belief – which are pre-requisites, your next step is starting, which is probably where you encounter your first problem: how do you actually get started in a property investing business?

I have been in property investing now for well over thirty years, and I have to say that it is vastly more complicated now than it was in 1986 when I bought my first BTL. There are just so many strategies, rules and laws that it’s difficult to know where to start, and what about the financial implications? Just how much money do you need?

The very first thing to do is DON’T WORRY! The second thing to do is write a list….

Yep, write a list: of everything you can think of that could possibly go wrong with setting up a property investing business. And I mean EVERYTHING!

Here are some general ones, but you may have some specific ones that are pertinent to you:

  • Lack of knowledge
  • Don’t know anyone in the business
  • Lack of finance
  • No time
  • Don’t know what to do
  • What about a website
  • How to advertise
  • What about tax

You get the idea. The reason many businesses fail is because unexpected problems arise that no-one thought about. It’s problems that cause problems! What you must do is eliminate as man y problems as you can before you start your business, then there is nothing to stop you succeeding, and if a problem should arise later, it’s only one you have to think about, and easily dealt with.

So lets start at the top:

Lack of knowledge.

No excuse for that one really, not with Google at your finger tips. All the knowledge in the world is right there for you. Not only that, but there are dozens, if not hundreds of monthly investor meetings around the country, and all are full of knowledgeable people. There are also courses, workshops and seminars that you can attend, and, best of all – private mentorship, which is without doubt the best and fastest way to succeed in anything. Learn everything you can, or need to, then cross ‘knowledge’ off the list.

Don’t know anyone in the business.

Easily remedied. Attend the aforementioned monthly investor meetings: they are full of seasoned, intermediate and newby investors. They’re a great place to build your database, chat and network. You never know who you’re going to meet at one! Cross that one off the list.

Lack of finance.

Finance (or the lack of it) is usually the biggest stumbling block of all, whereas the truth is that you don’t need money to be a property investor!

Got your attention? Good. Now remember this: The point about being a property investor is NOT about owning property – it’s about making money, and property just happens to be the vehicle.

Saving up a deposit and buying a property on a mortgage is old hat. It’s expensive, slow and will end up being a millstone around your neck. During the first seven months of 2011 I acquired 48 properties, and the MOST I paid for any property was just £55. Yes, you read that right, £55!!!

However, you might need funds for say, land development. Let me tell you something, there is a LOT of money around, usually owned by someone who wants to get into property but doesn’t have the time or knowledge to do so. Hey, you’ve already got the knowledge! Become business partners – his money, your knowledge. Cross it off the list.

No Time.

That’s a weak excuse. You have exactly the same amount of time as everyone else on the planet. What you are not doing is using it efficiently. Learn how to organise your time properly, then cross it off the list.

Don’t know what to do.

You should, by now, have a decent network of like-minded investors, knowledge about how it all works, and an idea of the strategy you wish to pursue. Cross it off the list.

What about a website.

Oh come on! Ten your old kids know how to build websites. It’s so easy these days – just drag and drop, but if you really don’t want to do it yourself, you can have one built in India for about two or three hundred quid… Cross it off the list.

How to advertise.

Advertising is almost all done online these days, and I’m talking Social Media. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc etc. All right there and easy to do, but if you think you will struggle with that, employ a virtual assistant (VA) from the Phillipines for about £2 an hour… and cross it off the list.

What about tax.

It’s going to be two years from when you start earning before you have to pay tax, and by then you should be earning so much that you just pass it all on to your accountant. Cross it off the list.

That list is now eliminated. You have faced and sorted every potential problem before you even started your business, so now there is very little, if anything, that can hold you back, and even if a problem does raise it’s ugly head (and they do, from time to time) you have the time, energy and experience to get it sorted. As the SAS are taught: if you have a problem, face it, deal with it and move on…

That is exactly what Dave Brailsford did with Team Sky and the British cycling teams. He had them write down every single reason they could think of as to why they couldn’t win races. He then eliminated every single one. The result? They had no reason to fail! And they didn’t…