I’m always asked, ‘What’s the secret to success?’ But there are no secrets. Be humble. Be hungry. And always be the hardest worker in the room.
– Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson
“Don’t make me hungry. You wouldn’t like me when I’m hungry.”
Something really terrible happens when Bruce Banner loses his temper. Something terrible happens to me when my intestines go empty. I’m no diabetic but for some reason, I show hypoglycemic symptoms when I’m starving. Cold sweat, trembling legs, and mood swing. Yup, that’s me when I’m hungry and the only solution is to get my quick fix just like an addict. But that’s just me.
Hunger can make you do some crazy things. It makes you irritable, nasty, and sometimes even rude until you satisfy it and although it may seem that nothing good ever comes out of hunger, well, there actually are.
While hunger for food can’t be all that good if it happens a lot, hunger for success and for the achievement of one’s goals is definitely a good thing. It’s the kind of hunger that you can tolerate and the kind that you would love to feel all the time.
Be hungry for happiness
Life is a series of ups and downs and as happy as we would all like to be, that’s not gonna be the case all the time but it is worth noting that happiness isn’t really hard to find. Just like this website’s tagline says, “happiness is a choice” and if you are like me who’s hungry for happiness, it wouldn’t be that much difficult to find.
Always make “happy” your default setting. You may get disappointed with life sometimes but if you keep happiness your first option and you stay hungry for happiness, you are headed on the right track.
Be hungry for knowledge
Personal development has never been an interest of mine. Well, not until three years ago when I hit rock bottom, and I’ve been a personal development junkie ever since. My day would never be complete without listening or reading something about personal development. I learn something new everyday and as I do, I become hungrier. I want to learn more!
Learning shouldn’t stop the minute you step out of school and graduate. You should keep learning more about yourself, life, and your other interest. It’s a better use of your time instead of watching television or day or playing video games.
Be hungry for wins
Life is a game and in every game, there are winners and there are non-winners (I don’t like to use the word loser because I don’t believe that doing so actually puts us at a disadvantage. There are lessons to be learned so you didn’t really lose at all). Have you ever entered a game with the intension of losing?
OF COURSE NOT!
We always want to win and though that may not be the case every time, it will serve you right to always be hungry for a win. Big or small, it doesn’t really matter. A win is a win baby!
Always aim for wins in your career, relationships and life itself.
Be hungry for achievements
Ambition gives us purpose and as long as your ambition does not hurt anyone, it’s okay to be overly ambitious. Don’t ever settle for good enough. If you have a dream go for it! Stay aggressive and avoid getting complacent because doing so will kill your momentum. Go write that book, open that business, or launch that one-man show you’ve planned for the longest time.
Knock down as many milestones as you can not because you want to impress people but because you want to prove to yourself that you can and that you can be good at anything you put your mind and focus on.
Be hungry for time
I’ve stressed the importance of time for as many times as I could remember and that’s because I learned to value time the hard way. When my dad died and then my in-laws soon after, I realized a lot of things about life and one of those is the importance of making the most out of time.
I learned to value time even more when I began my personal development journey. I’ve never been the same since. The former me wouldn’t really care how much I can achieve in a day. I would rather watch television or play video games before but I barely get to do any of those today. I’ve made it a habit to allot time for work, family, and for my passion for personal development. I always make sure that I use my time doing productive things and if I still have an hour or two to spare, I spend it for pleasure like doing movie marathons. There should always be balance.
Be hungry for opportunities
My daughter asked me one time, “why do you always write?”
My short answer would always be “because I want to become successful”.
How do I plan to do that?
Well, everything I do is aimed at attracting opportunity because opportunity don’t just present itself. You have to become “attractive” for opportunity to come and you can do that by making yourself better at something.
I remember my friend RJ from college when it comes to this topic. He graduated with honors so while I and the rest of our friends were busy submitting our resumes to several companies, there he was getting offers left and right from the more prestigious ones. That lucky bastard!
Be hungry for success
We often equate success with money or material stuff but we all know that success without fulfillment equals failure right?
You may have all the money in the world but if you’re not happy with what you do, it’s not really worth a dime. It’s better to earn modestly but getting to enjoy life at the end of the day. That’s what success looks like and that’s what we should all strive for. Feed your hunger for success by finding work you love, spending time with the family and making the most our of every second!
How do you do that?
Start with your habits. Develop habits that are aimed towards success because just like opportunities, success is also something we don’t chase but something we attract.
Over to You
Are you hungry for the things mentioned above? How are you feeding your hunger for each of them?
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