What are those things people sacrifice in order to become rich and successful? In this post, we will be looking at 17 things people have to sacrifice to become rich.
In this post we will be looking a reality, because the truth is, in life, in order to get rich, there are plenty of sacrifices to be made. Success or riches always come at a cost, and if you’re on your journey to getting them for yourself, it’s advisable for you to be aware of these things and plan accordingly.
Getting rich is not for everyone! You’re always free to live a mediocre life if that’s what you want. We’re not going to pretend that life is filled with rainbows or sunshine because it isn’t. Hopefully, at the end of this read, you’ll be able to look at someone rich and successful and be able to give it a second thought, about the things he/she has had to sacrifice to get to where they are today.
So, here are 17 things people sacrifice to become rich and successful…
Things People Sacrifice to become rich
17. They don’t waste much time on social media and Television
Too much of browsing the internet and impulsive watching of television shows are a cause for laziness in most people in society today. Rich people hardly spend time on neither one of these two because they can be of great distraction to their life or their goals.
Unless their goals depend on either, they minimize(in some cases, eliminate) their dependency on them, directing the time they ought to spend there on something else more productive.
16. They Give up the Need to be Liked
People who chase after life’s success and riches don’t always seek after the opinion of others to be liked. They simply see themselves as a market niche. There will be a lot of people who will like that niche, as well as a whole lot who will not. And they believe that no matter how hard you try, you simply can’t make the entire market to like you.
So, they feel no need to justify themselves because it is entirely natural no be liked by everyone. Their primary goal is to remain authentic, improve on themselves and provide value every day.
15. They Give Up Toxic People
By ‘Toxic’ we mean people who do nothing other than lying to you, disrespect you, use you, put you down, drag you down. People who chase success always distance themselves from these people. You want to know why? Because you are the average of the five-person you spend the most time with- Jim Ron.
The people we spend the most time with, add up to who we become. There are people who are more accomplished with their personal and professional lives, and there are those who are not. If you spend time with the more accomplished lot, your average will go up, and so will your success rate.
If you spend time with the less accomplished lot, well, you know how that story goes. So, people after success always go for the former, rather than the later.
14. They Give up on Saying ‘YES’ to Things that Don’t Support Their Goals
Saying ‘No’ can be really difficult at times, but not for successful people. Because they know that in order to accomplish their goals, Saying ‘NO’ to a lot of people, tasks, situations, and even family and friends become a must.
Like James Allen puts it, “He would accomplish little must sacrifice little; he who would attain highly must sacrifice greatly”. So, they know when to sacrifice those instant gratifications, because they know that when their goals come to fruition, it will all be worth it.
13. They Give Up the Need to Control Everything
When people learn to understand that, some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us, being able to differentiate between these two becomes very important. Successful people learn to detach themselves from things beyond their control and focus on things they can control.
Sometimes, the only thing you can be able to control is your attitude towards something.
12. They Give Up Multi-tasking
“You will never get to your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks”-Winston S. Churchill. Successful people know this, and that’s why they focus on one thing until they beat it into submission. No matter what it is, business, work out, the conversion you name it! Successful people don’t handle everything at once, they take steps.
Remember that Jack of all trades became a master of none. They are fully present and committed to one task.
11. They Let go of the Perfectionist Mentality
In life, no matter how much we try, how hard we push, nothing will ever be perfect. Fear of failure(or even success) is responsible for most people not being able to kick start their ideas, fostering it into reality. What rich and successful people know is that a lot of opportunities come every day. And as they come, so they will be lost if they continue to wait for the ‘Right’ time to take action.
10. They Give Up Believing In the ‘Magic Bullet’
Most people dwell on the mindset of the ‘Magic Bullet’, ‘One hit one wonder’. But what rich and successful people know is that there is no overnight success. They believe it’s a myth so they don’t waste time hanging on such folk belief.
Rich people know that making small but continual improvement every day will be compounded over time, and give the desired results. So, they lose the idea of ‘Killing two Birds with one stone’. That’s why they plan for the future, but improve on the days ahead of them, steadily improving on that 1%.
9. They Loose the ‘Fixed’ Mentality
“The future belongs to them who learn small skills and combine them in creative ways”- Robert Greene, Mastery. People get so wrong with the mindset that their intelligence or talents are simply fixed traits, and that their talents alone can create the success they need, without much effort. Successful people know this.
They know that such fixated mentality is vague and will only produce suffocating results. They sacrifice an immense amount of time daily in developing a growth mindset, acquiring new skills, knowledge, and change their perception so that it can benefit their lives. They always know that who they are today, is not who they will be tomorrow!
8. They Give Up Excuses
Excuses! They are the first killers of progress. Rich and successful people know that they are responsible for their life, no matter their weakness, starting points, or past failures. Lazy people make excuses for their lethargic attitudes towards their work. Successful people take responsibility for whatever that happens to their work.
Knowing that you are responsible for everything that happens in your life is weirdly frightening and exciting at the same time. But successful and rich people know that taking responsibility is very important to increase their chances of more success because it allows them to grow both personally and professionally.
7. They Give up on Playing Small
“Your playing small does not serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that everyone else will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. It is not just in some f us; it is in everyone, and as we let our light shine, we unconsciously give permission to let others do the same. As we are liberated from our fears, our presence automatically liberates others”- Marianne Williamson.
If you never try to take great opportunities or allow your dreams to become realities, you may never discover your true potential. Thus, the world will in turn, never benefit from what that your true potential could have achieved. Rich people know this, so they know not to be afraid to voice out their ideas, and they aren’t scared of failure.
6. They Give Up the Short Term Mindset
Successful people set long term goals because they know that these aims are a result of the short term habits that they need to do every day. Healthy habits aren’t something rich and successful people do for fun, it is something they do because they have to do it. There’s a difference between “Working out to get a summer body” and ” Working out because that’s who you are”. And always remember, “You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough”.
5. They Sacrifice Their Comfort and Stability
People who desire to become rich and successful will always get out of their comfort zone. Most people when they have food, shelter, clothing, and maybe a car, they become too comfortable with that.
There’s really nothing wrong in settling in life, with these things of course. But always remember that you can break beyond your limits, push further, aspire to become much more than you are. That’s one thing that drives rich people. So they, sacrifice their little comfort, push further to achieving so much more than they already have.
4. They Sacrifice Their Sleep
I know you are like…What? Oh, God!! Please, not sleep!… But true, a lot of rich and successful people in the world today had so many sleepless nights to become what they are today. And it’s not because they couldn’t sleep, but because they decided to invest their sleep time in creating something more out of the ordinary for themselves and the world.
I am not asking you not to sleep at all, no! At least 6 hours of a day is a healthy dose, so what’s the essence of doing 10-12 hours? When you have important things you could be doing to make the time worthwhile? Think about it.
3. They Don’t Have Quiet Times
In case you are wondering what a quiet time is? It’s a time when you are probably somewhere in your room doing absolutely nothing. Rich and successful people don’t have the luxury for quiet times because if you’re working on your goals and success, chances are that your life would be filled with busy moments which are often demanding!
2. They Don’t Hurry Family-Life.
Most people who chase success knows that the time for planning a family is definitely not in their early 20’s. They take their time because they don’t want to start adding up many responsibilities that they can’t handle like wife and kids. They postpone it to focus on becoming great.
1. They Give up on the Unhealthy Lifestyle
Everything you want to do or become in life starts here. Your health! Your health comes first, because, without good health, you simply cannot do anything. Rich and successful people know about this that’s why they take care of their health more than anything. And what ways do they do this? Through a healthy diet and physical activity.