We often believe successful people are smarter than average. We think they are better at making objective, data-driven decisions. What if this wasn’t true?
What if successful people are not the ones who are better at using their intellect? But those who can access help beyond what their limited human mind can do?
In a recent session, my coach told me a phrase that struck me:
“Successful people know they did not do it alone.”
I started wondering.
Could tapping into powers beyond your limited rational mind be what separates exceptionally successful people from the rest?
I decided to do my own research and looked for clues. I googled lists of the most successful people by objective, external criteria like wealth and impact.
And then I looked at their interviews. What are their beliefs? To what do they attribute their success?
I was surprised by the similarities.
As per my original hypothesis, exceptionally successful people attribute their success to more than just their intellect and hard work.
Three themes came up again and again as pivotal to success: intuition, vision and following your heart:
1. Trusting Your Intuition
“Intuition is a very powerful thing, more powerful than intellect.” Steve Jobs (Co-founder of Apple)
“All of my best decisions in business and in life have been made with heart, intuition, guts… not analysis.” Jeff Bezos (Founder of Amazon)
“I’ve trusted the still, small voice of intuition my entire life. And the only time I’ve made mistakes is when I didn’t listen.” Oprah (Media Executive and Philanthropist)
“I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It’s done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.” Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin Group)
“I believe in intuitions and inspirations… I sometimes feel that I am right. I do not know that I am.” – Albert Einstein (Nobel Awarded Physicist)
2. Having a vision and aligning yourself with it
“My job is to give everyone in the company a vision and make them feel like they are individually contributing” Bernard Arnaul (Chairman and CEO of LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton)
“You need to see things happening and envision yourself in a fantasy world — and really believe in that fantasy world — until it comes true,” Serena Williams (Tennis Champion)
“I say something, and then it usually happens. Maybe not on schedule, but it usually happens.” Elon Musk (CEO of SpaceX and Tesla)
“I always knew I was going to be rich. I don’t think I ever doubted it for a minute.” Warren Buffer (Investor and Business Tycoon)
“Chase the vision, not the money; the money will end up following you.” Tony Hsieh (Former CEO of Zappos):
3. Following joy, desire and enthusiasm
“Don’t start a company unless it’s an obsession and something you love. If you have an exit strategy, it’s not an obsession.” Mark Cuban (Entrepreneur and Investor)
“You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off you.” Maya Angelou (Author and Poet)
“The best advice I could give anyone is to spend your time working on whatever you are passionate about in life.” Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin Group)
“Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume.” Warren Buffett (Investor and Business Tycoon)
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.” Steve Jobs (Co-founder of Apple)
The journey to success is not solely paved with hard work, intelligence and data-driven decisions.
The exceptionally successful often attribute their achievements to tapping into the power of intuition, visualization and following their hearts.
When you access your inner wisdom and intuition, you get better guidance than logic and data can provide.
When youenergetically align with an authentic vision, you attract opportunities in unexpected, synchronistic ways. Other people show up to help you. You find yourself at the right place at the right time.
Your path to success feels like passion, excitement, desire, joy and enthusiasm. Not like hustle, grind, struggle, sacrifice and suffering.
I used to hold back talking about my understanding of life and what makes people successful.
I knew it would repel some people in my community who were not yet open to anything beyond the 3D reality.
But the truth is that most successful people understand this stuff, which is probably why they are successful.
Intellect and hard work will only get you so far. Tap into your intuition, visualisation and inner joy.
And then share publicly what helped you get there so those principles are not further considered taboo. The more people understand them; the more people can be successful.