The 10 Things Successful People Live By Before They Make It


1. They didn’t use excuses.

We all have two voices. There’s the voice that tells us to work hard, to focus on the task at hand and to finish it before we move on to the next. And to finish it well.

We also have the voice that tells us to take a break, to think about what’s on TV, or to visit a site that we like to visit that entertains us – whether it’s ESPN.com or facebook.

In life we’re the victim of injustice from time to time. It could be a promotion that we deserve but don’t get. No matter who we are, we’re going to be treated unfairly at some point. We can either feel sorry for ourselves, or push forward and put it behind us – even use it as motivation.

Nelson Mandela could have used his unjust imprisonment as an excuse to give into his anger. Instead, he used it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and eventually free others.

Listen to your excuses. Understand why you have them. Then figure out how you can use them for good.

2. It wasn’t just about them.

‘Things’ can be a motivator, they can even be a reward, but they can’t be the motivator. The truly successful in life always get there because they created change in the lives of others, not just their own.
 If something drives you that is greater than just the ‘ends’, we’re going to work harder, longer, and we’re going to give more of ourselves to our project.Yes we can make money when we have the primary goal of making money. Some might even use that money for good – which is awesome. But there’s no fulfillment in simply making money. And isn’t that the point?

3. Early mornings and late nights.

People who have achieved true success in their lives have worked for it.
This might come at the detriment of other areas of their lives, such as family or social life. But their mission is first and foremost. Until it’s complete, everything else comes second.There’s literally no substitute for hard work. Abraham Lincoln said, “Things may come to those who wait… but only the things left by those who hustle.” If you want to be successful, you’re going to have to out hustle everyone else.

4. The greatest commodity.
Energy is a huge commodity that is often not talked about. Yes, energy in the sense of fuel and electricity is talked about everywhere, but I’m talking about our own energy levels.The fact is that the more energy we have, the easier it is to focus, and the higher the quality of our work is.
One of Richard Branson‘s ‘key’s to success’ is staying in great physical shape. So would raised energy levels be the greatest benefit to working out? It may be.

Keeping physically fit gives us greater blood-flow to our brain, enhanced alertness and improved focus. Make training a routine part of your life and increase your chances at success – in every meaning of the word.

5. Principles.

History will be kind to me. For I intend to write it.

Winston Churchill had principles. The difference between him and the rest of us, is that he stuck to his principles at all costs. He didn’t waver when they weren’t popular – an extreme rarity in politics.

What are your principles? All of us should have them, know what they are, and live our lives by them.

One of Apple’s principles is to bring change to the world through technology, and they do it with every product they release.

Identify what principles you have that guide your life through tough times, and when things couldn’t be any better. They shouldn’t change, and at your core, neither should you.

6. Wavering, yet unbreakable faith.

We all have moments of doubt. Even the best of us question if our dream is going to come true. The one thing that separates the truly successful from those who never reach their true potential is an unbreakable faith in the fact that what they’re doing is right.

Even if they have moments of doubt, they’re soon quelled, where other’s listen to that doubt and let it eat them up and finally they quit.

Have your moments of doubt. You’re human. Just don’t let that doubt eat you up. Instead let it motivate you to prove your optimism right.

7. A reason.

Many of the greatest accomplishments in the world were accomplished by insecure men and women, people who had something to prove to others. A desire to elevate their status and create change that was so strong, that failure is simply never and option.

Abraham Lincoln‘s reason(s) had to do a lot with his view of himself in relation to how other’s viewed him. Where others saw a poor, illiterate boy, Lincoln saw someone capable of achieving more, even if he had to do it completely on his own. He also saw the need for change. A nation that preached freedom wasn’t free. He saw something fundamentally wrong with this and set out to change it. His why wasn’t about him. Which in turn made him one of history’s great men.

Understand why. You have that reason to work when others sleep, to sacrifice a safe life for a risky one with no ceiling. Find it by asking why, and not stopping until you hit your core, emotional reason for wanting to change your status, or the status of others.

 
8. They persevered when others didn’t.

How does the guy who quit on his dream know how long it would’ve taken him to become a success? He doesn’t. None of us do. It could be tomorrow, or ten years from now.

What separates a lot of the great people we read about in our history books from those we’ve never heard of is the fact that they never quit. Quitting was never an option. They only stopped when they reached their dream. And even then, they created a new mission.

Take James J. Braddock, or even Nelson Mandela, for example. They didn’t achieve their greatness or success early on in their careers or in life like some. They achieved it after surviving. They survived while others literally died, or quit. In their cases it wasn’t just that they were the best, but they were the best because of what they endured. They were the last one’s standing.

We don’t know when our breakthrough will come. So don’t guarantee your failure by quitting. You can adapt, change, and evolve, but never, never, never quit.

9. Great people relentlessly studied their craft.

Tony Gwynn and Mike Tyson studied their craft as much as anyone. Gwynn spent hours upon hours studying opposing pitchers. He studied their patterns. He wasn’t the most athletic guy around, but he put his work in to be the best at what he did: hit baseballs.

When people think of Tyson, they think of an animal, but what we fail to see is the student. No one studied boxing like Tyson did. Watched more film than anyone in the history of the sport. He was a student first, a fighter second.

These great athletes studied film, but how can we perfect our craft?

Using myself as an example; much of my job has to do with writing, and obviously fitness. So, I study those two things. I read books about how to become a better writer, ways to connect with the reader, and I simply read great books written by authors who are much better at writing than I am. If you’re in sales, read and study sales. If you’re a marketer, then do the same with marketing.

Being a drone that simply goes through the motions is no way to achieve greatness. Assuming success is something you want, you have to study your craft, whatever it may be. Learn it inside and out. Build a wealth of knowledge. It’ll help you create great, inspiring, and unique work.

 
10. Risk.

No risk, no reward. Yes it’s an over-used, cliché of a phrase. But it’s true. Those who have achieved real success have often risked the most to get there.

There have been billions of people throughout history who have had the ability to achieve greatness, whether it was the talent or smarts, they had it. What they didn’t have was the guts to risk the life that they were living. They also didn’t have the work ethic to see their talent realized.

The greatest tragedy in life is wasted talent ~ A Bronx Tale

Your big, audacious dream might be to marry the girl of your dreams and have a family with her. You risk might be to leave the career that you love in order to support her and your family. Your dream might be to help millions live longer, healthier lives. Whatever your dream is, give it enough of a chance to be realized.

Risk if you truly want to see the reward.
Find your dream. Then risk everything to get it.


About The Author: Chad Howse
Chad Howse is the creator of Be Legendary, a company dedicated to helping guys experience greatness in Fitness, Work, & Life. Chad has been featured in Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, and Shape magazines, and is a contributor to the Art of Manliness, and Addicted2Success.

Sydney Achievers International Scholarships


The Sydney Achievers International Scholarships provides new international students who wants to study in University of Sydney in Australia.  These prestigious scholarships are aimed at attracting high achieving, academically meritorious, international students to enjoy the ‘Sydney experience’ at one of the finest institutions of higher education in the world.


Host School:
University of Sydney, Australia

Course of study:
Any undergraduate or postgraduate program offered at the University
Number of Scholarships:
Up to 100 of these prestigious Scholarships will be offered in 2013 to high achieving, academically meritorious, international students.
Target Student:
The scholarships are for international students from any country.
Scholarship value:

For the undergraduate scholarships, each scholarship has a value of AUD$10,000 per annum, available for a maximum of three years, (total value AUD$30,000) for any Undergraduate program offered at the University of Sydney (subject to the recipient maintaining satisfactory academic progress each year).
For the postgraduate scholarships, each  scholarship has a value of AUD$10,000 each, available as a one-off award (AUD$10,000 each per annum, (ie, $15,000 in total for a 1.5 year program, $20,000 in total for a 2 year program) for any Postgraduate Coursework program offered at the University of Sydney.
Eligibility:
Undergraduate Scholarships
Applicants must have completed an Australian Year 12 qualification or an international senior secondary qualification accepted by the University with an Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) of at least 98* or equivalent.
Students who have already commenced tertiary studies, or students transferring with credit exemptions and/or advanced standing are not eligible. Students completing Foundation Studies Programs are also not eligible.

Postgraduate Scholarships
Applicants must have completed the equivalent of an Australian Bachelor degree qualification with a minimum high distinction average as based on the Australian grading system. Students who have already commenced postgraduate studies, or students transferring from other postgraduate programs are not eligible.

Application instructions:
Only applicants with unconditional offers of admission will be considered. No separate application for a scholarship is necessary. An application for admission to the University of Sydney in 2013 will constitute an application for a scholarship. All applications meeting the selection and eligibility criteria will be automatically considered.

Deadline:
 15  January 2013 for Semester 1, 2013 and 30 June 2013 for Semester 2, 2013.
To apply, click here

Why taking a risk is the only true way to success

 
What used to be safe, is no longer. What’s “safe” in today’s volatile economy and society, is risk.

Not long ago it was safe to go to college, get a degree, then get a job in the field of your study. That’s no longer true.

Today, someone is working the job you want to have. They have experience, you don’t – and no one’s hiring. You have to make your own way. College is no longer your best investment unless you’re going into a field that needs a degree (doctor, dentist etc…); even then, success is far from guaranteed, and paying that investment back is even harder.

And so, you’re left to your own devices. You’re kicked to the curb, forced to see what you can offer the world – and if they’ll accept it. Or, you can go another route: you can find something that excites you, and give it to the world.


The Global Economy

The world is your oyster. The internet has opened borders, broadened your niche, market, and potential client base. You can now reach anyone with a computer – like I do with my business. You don’t even have to learn their language, there are apps that can translate the text for them.

All you need to do is give people something unique, in a unique way, and with passion.

The good news: you can reach far more people than you used to be able to.

The “bad” news: average doesn’t cut it any longer.

Doing an average job used to mean security. Today, an average – or even a good job – may mean you’re replaced by someone who does what you do, only they do it exceptionally.

With the expanding of the client base, the broadening of what can be done, and the incredible lack of employment, should you seek a career, or risk it all and create your own path?

What does a “career” offer?

The likely risk of being laid off (seniority is king in the work force).

Low pay – as an entrepreneur you can essentially, determine you own pay by you actions. A workers pay is determined not always based on merit (unless you work in commission, even then you’re getting a small piece of the pie), but on seniority.

It takes the control of your life out of your hands.

What does “risk” offer?

More control over the funds that come in, as well as what’s taken from you in the form of taxes (although the government needs to improve this).

Control over what you do with your life. So many spend their lives doing things they don’t like to do – essentially living a life they don’t want to live; what’s the point?

Risk offers a purpose.

Death is a magnificent thing; it gives your life, and this very moment, a very special and unique meaning. With each day you’re closer to the end. Each moment is one that will never be had again. Death should give you reason to risk, to try, to persist. To live a life spent doing what you hate doing, is a life lived in hell.

To risk nothing is to gain nothing.

In business, the greater the risk, the greater the room for gains. In the stock market that risk isn’t always founded on sound principles, but a lot of time when you’re talking about growing a company, or even finding success in life, great risk leads to growth.

Any great accomplishment has been done so in the face of “safe logic”. They’ve gone with their gut rather than the path walked by those before them. They’ve forged a new path.

Have the courage to step out from the crowd. Break through the limitations that bind your mind to the life you’re living right now. You deserve something greater.

We Live in Scary Times

They say that the unemployment rate in America is at 8%, but that’s not counting all of the people who have simply given up. Some economists believe that unemployment is actually closer to 15%, and could reach up to 25% in the next decade.

The future isn’t uncertain, it’s very certain that the jobs you hold now may not be there in a decade. What will you do then?

The safest thing a person can do is take matters into their own hands. This may mean joining on with a start up, something that entails a lot more risk, but you typically need less education, you’re working for a company who’s making a difference, whose leaders are leading with passion and have a lot of skin in the game, and you’re innovating.

This may also mean starting your own company. The internet has given you endless possibilities to create what you want to create, to reach who you want to reach, and to help who you want to help.

The world needs new companies, leaders, and entrepreneurs if it’s going to survive this economic collapse. It needs leaders that hire, not drones that follow. The old dinosaurs are beginning to fade away, will you take their place?

International Student Scholarships, Humber College Canada

Humber offers full tuition renewable scholarships for NEW international undergraduate students beginning classes in September and January of each year.

Host school:
Humber College in Ontario, Canada

Field of study:
Any undergraduate programme offered at the University

Target students:

 International Undergraduate Students

Scholarship value:

Full Tuition

Eligibility:

Applications will be considered based on academics, community involvement, referee/reference letters and statement of interest. Renewal of the scholarship will be based on the student’s ability to maintain a 70% GPA in each year of his/her program at Humber.

Application instructions:

You will only receive the scholarship application instructions and forms once you have been accepted for admissions.   Therefore, you must first apply for admissions before you can apply for the scholarship.

Deadline:

International students are encouraged to submit their applications on 1 July (September intake) and 15 November (January intake).
To apply, click here:

Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS)

The Melbourne International Research Scholarships (MIRS) is awarded to international students wishing to undertake graduate research degree studies at the University of Melbourne. MIRSs are funded by the University with each faculty having a limited number to award.

Host school:
University of Melbourne, Australia

Targeted students:
Any international students that wish to study at the University of Melbourne

Course:
Any masters,postgraduate and PhD Research courses offered in the University

Number:
Each year the University offers about 200 new Melbourne Research Scholarships (MRSs), of which about 150 are normally awarded to international students as MIRSs.

Benefits:
•    a living allowance of $24,653 per annum (2013 rate)
•    a Relocation Grant of $2,000 awarded to students who are moving from interstate in order to study at the University of Melbourne or $3,000 awarded to those who are moving from overseas
•    a Thesis Allowance of up to $420 (2013 rate) for masters by research and up to $840 (2013 rate) for PhD and other doctorate by research candidates, and
•    paid sick, maternity and parenting leave.

Eligibility criteria:
To be considered for a MIRS, applicants need to apply for scholarship and candidature in a graduate research degree course (eg. masters by research, PhD or other research doctorate) at the University of Melbourne.

Application outcome:
Applicants will be advised via email as soon as an outcome to their scholarship application is determined.

Closing date:
MIRS applicants should submit their application for admission and scholarship before 31 August,2013.
To apply, click here

International Ambassador Scholarships at University of West London

The International Ambassador Scholarship provides financial assistance to outstanding students who wish to act as ambassadors for the University of West London.

Host school:

University of West London, United Kingdom

Course:
Any full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of West London.

Targeted students:
International Students around the world

Scholarship value/inclusions:
Scholarships are worth up to £5,000 ($7,500 USD). Please note that these are partial scholarships.

Eligibility:
Students are eligible to apply for the scholarship if they have been offered an unconditional place to study on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course at the University of West London, commencing in September 2013.

Application instructions:
You can apply for our International Ambassador Scholarships in September 2013 by completing a scholarship application form. Only apply if you have been accepted to a programme offered at University of West London.

Deadline:
The deadline for applications is 23 August 2013.
To apply, click here

Leiden University Excellence Scholarship.

The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship Programe is open to outstanding  Non-EU/EEA students pursuing a master’s degree programme at Leiden University.

Host school:
Leiden University, Netherlands.

Course:
All MA, MSc and LL.M programmes as mentioned on the a number of programs have a start date in September only.

Targeted students:
The scholarship programme is intended for international candidates  from Non-EU/EEA students showing the highest achievements and promise for a master’s degree study.

Scholarship worth:
The Leiden University Excellence Scholarship programme has 5 awards:
•  Platinum Covers the tuition fee minus the home fee* and an allowance of €10,000 for living costs
•  Gold Covers the tuition fee minus the home fee*
•  Silver Covers 75% of the tuition fee
•  Bronze Covers 50% of the tuition fee
•  Ivory Covers 25 % of the tuition fee
The maximum study period is 12 months (1-year programme) or 24 months (2-year programme).
Important Note: Students should be aware that the LExS is not a full scholarship. It is necessary to find additional funding to be able to finance their study and stay completely.  Leiden University advises a budget, not including the tuition fee, of approx. €10,000 to €14,000 per year to cover the costs for rent, insurance, living expenses, course books and local transportation.

Eligibility:
•  Non-EU/EEA students enrolling in a Leiden University master’s degree programme
•  In his or her prior academic education abroad, the applicant must have achieved excellent study results which are relevant for the programme for which the student wishes to enrol. As an indication, the student will be among the top 10% for the relevant programme followed abroad
•  The applicant will hold a non-EU/EEA passport and will not be eligible for support under the Dutch system of study grants and loans
•  Scholarships will not be awarded to applicants who have already obtained a Leiden University master’s degree
•  Students who are granted a Leiden Excellence Scholarship must comply with and confirm in writing their agreement with the terms and conditions (pdf) attached to the scholarship prior to the granting of the scholarship.

Application procedure:

When applying for admissions, indicate clearly that you would like to apply for the LExS scholarship on the scholarship section of the online application form.  You should attach a letter of motivation (in Word) of a maximum of 500 words, in which you indicate why you believe you should be considered for this scholarship.

Deadline:
For programmes starting in September 2013, the deadline was 1 February 2013. For programmes starting in February 2014, the deadline was 1 October 2013.
 To apply, click here

CHEVRON MSc SUBSEA ENGINEERING SCHOLARSHIP 2013

The Chevron North sea Limited is a UK subsidiary of Chevron Corporation, so they are offering the MSc scholarship to students all over the world that are willing to pursue an MSc program in the University, and this scholarship will cover all the tuition fees and all other expenses throughout the program.
Host school:
University of Aberdeen, Scotland.
Targeted students:
Open to students from all countries
Course:
 Engineering
Eligibility

To be considered for the Chevron MSc Subsea Engineering Scholarship you will need to hold an unconditional offer of a place on the MSc in Subsea Engineering degree at the University of Aberdeen starting in September 2013.
To be put forward for the scholarship you must firmly accept the offer in a timely manner.
All students meeting the criteria above, regardless of nationality or fee status, are eligible to apply for the Chevron MSc Subsea Engineering Scholarship..
Criteria:
There is only one scholarship which will be awarded on the basis of academic merit and demonstration of personal characteristics (see Guidelines document below for further details).
Application Procedure:
Complete the application form (see below), and send it together with a CV and your reference to:
Graduate School Admissions Unit, College of Physical Sciences, University of Aberdeen, Fraser Noble Building, King’s College, Aberdeen, AB24 3UE, Scotland
Deadline: 2nd of August 2013
PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS ONLY ONE CHEVRON SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE.
To apply, click here

University of Sydney International Scholarship

The University of Sydney is willing to offer Scholarships to students that wants to undergo a Post Graduate  Research Degree or a Masters program in the University
The aim of this scholarship is to attract quality post graduate students that is willing to undergo research in the university which will enhance the University research activities
Host School:
 The University of Sydney, Australia
Course:
The Scholarships is open to all research disciplines
Targeted students:
 The scholarship is open to all students willing to pursue a research program at the university
Scholarship benefit:
The Scholarship will cover tuition fees and living allowances for up to 3 years.
Eligibility: 
 In order to be eligible for the the scholarship, the student must be admitted into the University for a post graduate and masters research program at the University.
Application instruction:
Applicants who wish to be considered for the  University of Sydney awards for semester 1, may indicate this by completing the relevant section of the Postgraduate Research Application Form.

To be considered for the University of Sydney International Scholarship for semester 1 (MARCH), applications for admission to a research degree MUST be received by the International Office by 31 July of the previous year.
To be considered for the University of Sydney International Scholarship for semester 2 (JULY), applications for admission to a research degree MUST be received by the International Student Office by 15 December of the previous year.

To apply, click here

Westminster Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships For International Students


 The Westminster Vice-Chancellor Scholarships is awarded by the Vice-Chancellor of the University, and it is aimed at funding the tuition fees of the students to complete his/her masters degree in the university.

Host school:
 University of Westminster, United Kingdom.
Course:
 Any course under a masters program in the university.
Targeted students:
 Any interested international student.
Scholarship Benefit:
 Full tuition fees,free accommodation,living expenses etc..
Eligibility:
 must be an international student, and must be willing to pursue a master degree in the University.
Application instruction:
 You should apply for a scholarship once you have applied for admission in the University, and you have been offered a chance.
 Dead line:
The dead line for the application is 31 May,2013 for September 2013 intake.
To apply, click here