Secret to Success

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BAZINGA!!! We all know the truth by now, there is no such thing as “secret to success”. It’s actually just one simple thing: hard work. Work hard, work smarter, there is going to be a lot of work, and some more work, and then work some more. I mean it, really, it’s that simple. NO magic formula. We have got our dreams… we want them, we go for them, and just as there is no secret to success (everyone knows it, nobody cares), there is no such thing as failure!!! NONE!! Get it out of our minds, out of our system. Format it from our brains. THERE ARE ONLY TWO endings to our story, we either succeed or we quit. THAT’S IT, THERE is NOTHING ELSE.

We succeed or we quit. In between now and succeeding I guarantee you, we will make a lot of mistakes but each mistake will build us and will make us stronger. Some mistakes might hurt more than others, some won’t, but at all times we have got to make the best of it. Improvise and adapt to the environment… we just gotta roll with it. To get to our dreams we remain humble and patient and keep working at it, there is absolutely no way that we will not succeed. NONE, ZIPOLA, NYET, ZERO.

Now the question remains; How bad do we want it??? If we really want it bad…and I mean BAD BADDDDDD…I’m talking that itch that you can’t scratch BADD!! If so, then the following questions and answers are here to guide us. Number one how do we work hard? What constitutes hard work? It’s simple, and hard work is actually easy. The simple way is to get ourselves very deeply emotionally involved with our dreams and love it more than we love anything else. Understand that our goals and ambitions are all we truly have in this life; we have to protect them, take care of them, love them and we will find that working to get to them is enjoyable. We will eventually fall in love with the process because that’s what it is: success is not an event, it is a process. We will have to make decisions and decisions, put simply, mean sacrificing what we want now for something we want more later.

   Trust me I am as lazy as they come (not sleep all day lazy, rather the isn’t-there-an-easier-way? lazy). I had to face this cold fact, then I realized once I truly fell in love with my dreams I was doing work but I was still lazy. However, I am moving forward, because now it doesn’t even feel like work. By the way, we fall in love with your work, project, or dream by making it fun. Keywords: “MAKING IT”, it’s not going to automatically be fun, even if we are trying to be a comedians. We gotta make it fun by changing our perspective on it and by fooling around with it from time to time. Getting creative, playing with it, trying new things with it, and exploring more ideas.

That’s how we fall in love with our work, project or ideas.  The second question, the last but not least, (it is even more important than the first question… waaayyyy more important) is “what is success? Define Success.” Sit down and think about what success really is. What do you want? …Money? Imagine you have all the money you need now, what next? Imagine you got your dreams… now, what next?, That’s right, aiming for success only in this life is never enough for a person, it is innate, after you get it, you will want more and you won’t be satisfied with it and you will feel depressed. Hence, Islam is a religion of balance and moderation. In Islam there is no limit to how much money you are allowed to make, the only requirement is you spend it in the way of Allah, through Zakat and charitable giving and abstaining from hisraf.

”And We certainly tried Solomon and placed on his throne a body; then he returned.

He said, “My Lord, forgive me and grant me a kingdom such as will not belong to anyone after me. Indeed, You are the Bestower.”

 So We subjected to him the wind blowing by his command, gently, wherever he directed,

And [also] the devils [of jinn] – every builder and diver

And others bound together in shackles.

We said], “This is Our gift, so grant or withhold without account.”

And indeed, for him is nearness to Us and a good place of return.”

Surat Sad 38: 34-40

 The wealthiest man that has ever lived is the Prophet Solomon (peace and blessings be upon him). This is to show that being rich isn’t evil and it is not an excuse to neglect Islam or forget Allah rather it should be a reason for much gratitude and humility.

“But seek, through that which Allah has given you, the home of the Hereafter; and [yet], do not forget your share of the world. And do good as Allah has done good to you. And desire not corruption in the land. Indeed, Allah does not like corrupters.”

Surat Al-Qasas 28:77

        As usual very direct and simple to understand. You are meant to seek a balance between this world and the next, you have not been asked to sacrifice this life for the next nor sacrifice the next for this one, but rather to find the middle course. So your job now is to find a way to incorporate Islam or your concerns of the Akhira in your ambitions and dreams in order to please Allah. This is the part where you start to fool around with your idea and explore more options. Good luck and GO NUTS!

“O you who have believed, fear Allah and seek the means [of nearness] to Him and strive in His cause that you may succeed.”

Surat Al-Maidah 5:35

“O mankind, indeed the promise of Allah is truth, so let not the worldly life delude you and be not deceived about Allah by the Deceiver.”

Surat Fatir 35: 5

And this is obvious but incase it slipped your mind, pray pray pray pray pray pray pray pray pray ( I could go on like this for weeks) Pray pray pray pray pray…Pray like maddddd constantly. Every time for everything. Allah loves to be nagged by his servants.

At ease, soldier.

Thank you for your Time.

-Abd

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