There are many principles of success that people think are true, but are actually not. Many believe that you need a degree in order to succeed in life or network like crazy...
But those are not true. Success can come to people in different ways, and everyone always has a different journey to take.
Here are five myths of success that I've personally debunked:
COLLEGE IS THE KEY TO SUCCESS
If you were to read any of the these myths, this one is the most important.
Think of Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg. They all became super successful, yet they did not graduate from college. Many actors, entrepreneurs, and other famous people have never enrolled and/or graduated from college.
I promise, you do not need college to be successful.
From personal experience, I have learned more from reading and researching on my own than from college. A lot of what I learned there was theory-based, which is often not applicable in the real world.
Although college is a must-have for certain careers paths in sectors such as law and science, it is not such a necessity for creative careers. You can get away with not having a degree as long as you have the skills and smarts to back it up.
YOU HAVE TO WORK 100 HOURS A WEEK
Working 24/7 is not a guaranteed path to success anymore. The only person I can think of who worked like that and succeeded is Elon Musk, but he is definitely in the minority.
Nowadays, the trend is to focus on self-care and maximizing your productivity while working less hours.
Working 100 hours a week doesn't mean that all of those hours are spent "on" the business. You're just working "in" your business instead of focusing on the most important tasks that give you the best return on your investment (ROI).
Focus on the tasks that give you the best return. Outsource the tasks you don't like to do. This way, you can stop living and breathing your work and start living life.
FOLLOW YOUR PASSION
I wish I didn't have to say this, but sometimes you can't follow your passion. For some, making a living off your passion just isn't a possibility.
Take acting, for example. Most actors will never succeed. According to the Actor's Equity Association, 90% of actors are unemployed at any given time. This means that only 10% of actors are earning money, and succeeding in their careers.
Have a plan. I'm not saying you should have a back-up plan and assume that you will never succeed, but I definitely think you should try and find multiple passions and multiple activities you can enjoy. This is so that in case life takes you in another direction, you won't struggle (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson went from football, to wrestling, to acting. He is a great example of letting go and moving in different directions!).
MONEY IS SUCCESS
This is not true. Money is not a measure of success, and happiness isn't one either. Money can't make you happy because happiness comes from within you.
Money is a security blanket for all of us. But success is providing value to others, feeling good about what we do, and focusing on making the world a better place. Success is not external but internal.
Remember that money is not the thing that will make us happy in the long run.
NETWORKING IS IMPORTANT
I disagree with this to an extent. I think forming friendships is important and simply forming "connections" is shallow and sleazy.
I believe that, in order to succeed, you need to find good people who are willing to help you and, in turn, you help them. Give a lot and they will give in return.
While it is important to form friendships and connect with others in your industry, it is also essential to sit down and do the work. If you don't do the work, then you will not improve. There is no shortcut. There is no fast way to succeed except to do the work and give to others.
Success is not a one way street. Sometimes, you can take the less traveled path and still succeed in whatever you want to do.
No matter what you believe, remember that you can break the rules, you can stop following certain principles, and live your life the way you want to.
Photo Credit: rawpixel