Success really is a state of mind more than anything else; hard work, dedication and knowledge are all contributing factors to success, but if you do not focus on helping and supporting others unselfishly, I do not think you can fully create an aura that attracts success. I was fortunate last weekend to spend some time with two people who radiate success as a result of helping others, and this post is just a few of my thoughts on how I think this is achieved and why I feel blessed to have friends like Jon and Nicole.
Success is an Aura
I just returned from the Century 21 Canada Conference in Edmonton and had some time to digest all of the great content and information that was provided, along with some observations that resulted from being around so many successful agents at one time.
Success has many components that include hard work, dedication, and knowledge; however, for me it is more about attitude than all of these attributes combined. The mega-successful people in the world share such conviction in their own success that they actually have an aura about them. I was reminded of this while having a drink on the patio with an old friend, Nicole Nicolay, and a new friend, Jon Cheplac. As I sat back and listened to the two of them talking, I could not help but feel the positive energy and genuine passion toward their lives that they shared. I don’t even think I remember what we were talking about, as their auras were strong enough to distract me completely.
Don’t get me wrong. I am not some kind of flake going around predicting the future. And, for that matter, I don’t even really consider myself a spiritual person. But I am a firm believer that those who inspire greatness in others, without regard for their own selfish agenda, will be rewarded tenfold.
The really interesting thing about this concept is that the same aura that attracts success also attracts other like-minded people online. I can believe this with full conviction as I have been fortunate enough to attract friends online that became friends in real life (IRL), even from my farm essentially out in the middle of nowhere. This is probably the largest justification I have for engaging in social media and wearing my personality and life on my sleeve via social media. This type of open, online lifestyle has its risks, but to this day I have gained so many amazing friendships with people who are investing positive energy in me that I feel I could never fail at anything I take on. That benefit alone far outweighs any risk.
What are the risks in web 2.0 and social media? Well, they are the same risks as we encounter in our everyday encounters: selfish, negative people who are more focused with criticizing or benefiting from others’ success than setting their own dreams and accomplishing them. In addition to being a great tool for meeting and attracting positive energy and peeps from around the world, social media also allows me to block negativity at the click of my mouse (God, I wish I had that IRL).