Here on Inc.com, we frequently round up things you can do to be more successful. That makes sense — we all want to know what we can do to achieve more, but as Hubspot founder and CTO Dharmesh Shah recently pointed out in one of his LinkedIn Influencer columns, success isn’t just a matter of what you do, but also of what you believe.
Think about things in an unproductive way and it’s highly unlikely that your actions are going to end up driving you towards success, so if you want to accomplish your goals, it makes sense to start not with tweaking your daily habits (though certainly that’s a good idea down the road), but with examining your core beliefs. So what kind of thinking does Shah feel characterizes the “delightfully successful”? He offers several core beliefs, including:
Business owners are often told not to “asks for permission.” Go out there and do what you want to do — approval will follow initiative. Another way to say that (which is perhaps less grating to those who find ‘don’t ask for permission’ self-centered or entitled) is “don’t wait to be selected.” Successful people believe they can select themselves.
“Once upon a time most people had to wait: to be accepted, to get funded, to be promoted – to somehow be ‘discovered,'” writes Shah. “Not anymore…. You can do almost anything you have the desire and skills and drive to do; you don’t need to wait for someone else to discover your talents. You get to discover yourself. The only thing holding you back is your willingness to take the leap and try.”
If you have not yet achieved the success you dream of it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing you lack a certain something — character, skill or maybe simple luck — to get ahead. Successful people, on the other hand, know that success only looks predictable in highsight and no one is pre-marked to fail.