Bill Gates has been one of the richest men in the world for several years.
Elon Musk has founded several large companies including
PayPal which was sold for $1.5 billion.
Warren Buffett is the most successful investor of the 20th century.
What do these and many other successful entrepreneurs have in common?
Well, here is a clue.
When he was first starting Microsoft, Bill Gates started his day from four o’clock in the morning,
worked more than 16 hours a day, and often stayed in his office all night.
Elon Musk has admitted he’s worked 100 hour weeks constantly
while being CEO of both Tesla Motors and SpaceX.
Warren Buffett reads at least 5-6 hours a day minimum everyday to grow his intellectual capacity
to help solve problems more effectively.
The common trait between these and most other rich and successful people?
These people were prepared to work longer hours than almost anyone they knew.
The vast majority of the self-made rich worked, secretly or openly,
like billy-o to acquire their wealth.
This characteristic is one of many that supports Felix Dennis’ view that
there are very few ‘short-cuts’ in life.
Getting rich means sacrifice.
Now it’s not always you doing the sacrificing.
你可能会有更少的时间和朋友、家人、爱人相处 但不管怎么说 有奉献就有回报
Perhaps you will have to spend less time with friends, family and loved ones.
But regardless, somewhere along the line sacrifices have to be made.
So as well as a capacity to work very hard,
what are the other common qualities of the rich:
confidence, tunnel vision, thick skin and stamina, fate also plays a part.
和精力充沛 运气也占一部分 他们在正确的时间正确的地点
They were in the right place at the right time and did the right thing.
做了正确的事情 然而 成功的关键不仅仅是他们追逐成功之路上的好运气
However, the key to success was that not only were they lucky in their search for success
but they were skillful in their execution.
Boldness, conquering fear of failure and persistence all help.
As the Roman Stoic philosopher Seneca says,
当准备遇上机会 运气就来了 财富青睐大胆勇敢的人
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity”.
Fortune favours the brave and bold.
Everyday opportunities to get rich are popping up.
越能发现他们 你准备得越多 成功的几率就会越大 你越勇敢
The more alert you are, the more chance of spotting them.
The more preparation, the more chance of succeeding.
The more bold, the better chance of getting in on the ground floor and confounding the odds.
生活中每个人都有机会 有的不易被看见 有的要冒一下风险和丢一下脸才能被看到
Chances come to everyone in life,
often disguised, and often radiating risk and potential humiliation.
Those who are prepared to act are the ‘lucky’ ones who will find themselves holding a pot of gold.
They are the ones who made their own luck.
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