The following is a short version of my core success principles. Follow them and I guarantee you'll live an amazing life:
#1 Relentlessly seek improvement
Not only in your work, but everything in life. Scrutinise the absolute shit out of your actions, habits, thought process, beliefs, and every single area of your existence. Your life will inevitably end up being extraordinary, regardless of where you're at now.
If you're absolutely committed to this, you will inevitably discover principles, such as the rest in this article.
Never compromise. You should be happy now, but you should never be satisfied. The universe is constantly expanding and favours growth. You will inevitably suffer if you're not in alignment with this.
#2 Pursue spiritual growth more than external success
The outer world reflects the inner. This won't merely improve your inner state of being, it will ensure maximum performance through deep flow state, synchronicities, and the like. This is what the greatest minds in history knew, such as Nikola Tesla.
Despite the improvements in performance, it's commonly known in self-help communities success can only bring us happiness to a very limited extent. Many of the richest people on the planet are the least happy, which is a case in point. This is what everyone wants, even if they're unaware of it, and the fact it will dramatically further your success in life (as great as this is by itself) is secondary to this.
Diligently practise advanced meditation. Meditate for at least an hour daily. Read The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa (John Yates), and Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha by Daniel M. Ingram, these are the best two guides I've found to date (most teachings won't get you far).
You might say you don't have time. The truth is you don't have time not to meditate. If your goal is to become a top performer, this is absolutely essential. And it's even more important if you want to be one of the world's best.
The primary reason for this is flow state. A study of the top CEOs proved that flow can improve productivity by up to 500%. That's insane. It means you can work one day a week and still be more productive than your coworkers who work five days a week. It even improves creativity by up to 400% - 700%, and your rate of learning by up to 200%.
And guess what enables you to tap into deep flow state persistently, on demand, without external triggers? Advanced meditation. Read the books I mentioned, because you'll need to specifically follow a practice like this.
Not only this, it of course dramatically reduces stress, which is only one of the many other reasons you should do it. Besides well-being, this lends itself to even more performance because stress inherently limits both your brain and body's potential. Areas of your brain responsible for critical for creative and intelligent thinking are shut down. Bodily processes, such as the parasympathetic nervous system, turn off. You operate from a reactive, instinctual level, which will only ever get you more of the same—not breakthroughs.
Seriously consider doing psychedelics. That is if you thoroughly research and do them responsibly. They're like steroids for expanding consciousness, except most of them are completely non-toxic and non-addictive (and can even cure addiction). Just like any tool, they can obviously be abused. But when used wisely, they are incredibly transformative.
“The billionaires I know, almost without exception, use hallucinogens on a regular basis...” — Tim Ferriss
The stigma around this needs is bullshit and needs to be abolished. These are the most powerful substances in existence that will change not only you for the better, but the world. Science and the law are finally coming on board with this after they were ostracised during the counterculture.
In fact, there are studies of professionals from many disciplines consuming LSD for creative purposes, such as scientists, engineers, and architects. Within even a single session they were able to solve ridiculously difficult problems they were stuck on for months. I can personally attest to such results from my own psychedelic experiences.
If you choose to do this, I recommend psilocybin mushrooms. You may be surprised to know they are statistically the safest substance, with alcohol being the worst. It's ironic the latter is legal and socially acceptable, and the other is not.
Study and align yourself with natural law. There are laws governing your life, such as electromagnetism. These exist everywhere in the universe, just as
1 + 1 = 2. Not doing so is like ignoring gravity and walking off a cliff. Aligning yourself with these laws will ensure the universe has your back.
I recommend the work of Mark Passio to learn this, specifically his natural law seminar, which is a solid overview. Just a heads up this will probably be triggering for a lot of people, but if you're committed to serious personal development (especially principle #1), you'll watch it.
#3 Perfect your thought process
Your thoughts create your entire reality. Not just through your actions, but what you attract. Therefore this is arguably the most important principle of all.
Most people operate on one hemisphere of the brain in dominance, such as being very logical, or very creative. These can be construed as analytical and creative thinking, convergent and divergent thinking, or masculine and feminine.
If your thinking isn't balanced, your brain won't fire on all cylinders. This will always manifest in your life, such as being deceived because you weren't sceptical, or ignoring a valuable idea because you were closed-minded. Countless other examples can be given. The most extraordinary geniuses in history knew this and mastered it.
Reprogram your subconscious mind. 95% of all your thoughts, and therefore actions and what you attract, are the result of subconscious programming. All of this is from society, our shitty education system, and upbringing. And if you're like most people, many of the beliefs you've been programmed with probably suck, even if you're unaware this is the case.
This is why most people change little, and even those who engage in serious personal development still encounter roadblocks. It's why some people achieve extraordinary things and live their dreams, and many don't. However, if you reprogram it, you can craft your reality into anything you want.
“Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.” — Carl Jung
Subconscious programming is the hidden machine determining your success. Literally any habit or practice you wish to adopt involves reprogramming your subconscious mind. And if you learn how to do so most effectively, you can rapidly change your life with minimal friction.
I will be writing extensively on this in the near future, so stay tuned. I've studied the absolute shit out of this for several years now. Most sources I've seen have plenty of good information, although as I'll explain, they're only addressing various pieces of the puzzle and therefore have limited results.
#4 Walk the road no one travels
Be an outcast. Question everything about yourself, others, and the world. Everyone has blind spots, including you. People construct erroneous assumptions about everything, many of which are emotionally held, irrational beliefs. Your job is to obliterate all of them, no matter how uncomfortable it is.
Take radical action very few people have the courage to make. For instance, I quit school in year 11 and didn't go to university to pursue my dreams. People thought I was nuts and ridiculed me. Well, those same people now look up to me and regret blindly following the crowd.
#5 Give more than you receive
If you want to be at the top of your game, go the extra mile. There are no limits, so if you want to be one of the world's best performers in your craft, push yourself 100, or even 1000 miles ahead of that.
Abundance flows freely to people who do this. If you deliver subpar results, however, you'll be in the majority who reap average rewards. Those who are most compensated are guns in their craft.
#6 Prioritise your health
So many people neglect this, not realising its impact on their quality of life and productivity. The amount of money and effort dedicated to this is nothing compared to the results it will yield.
Eat a strict organic, whole foods plant based diet. Despite the controversy, this is proven to be the optimal human diet (with too much evidence to briefly describe here). Eat out only on special occasions at most, the rest of the time cook all your own food to ensure it's optimal quality. If you have gut issues or other health problems (most people today do, even if it's undiagnosed), fix them.
Eliminate toxins. You may be surprised how significantly this can impact not only your health, but cognition and performance. Almost everyone suffers from this to varying degrees. The obvious culprits are things such as air pollution, smoking, and alcohol. Most water, skin care products, cookware, cleaning products, pharmaceutical drugs, and everything else are detrimental. There is a mountain of evidence for this, which is out of scope for this article. It's most certainly not hogwash.
Use the best supplements. Although nutrition is most important, there's no reason why you shouldn't go even further and supplement. Most supplements are honestly shit, the industry is like the wild west. However, there are legitimate, proven things such as:
- Shilajit (I use Mountain Life). This alone is a natural, insanely powerful energy boost, without the side-effects or crash of caffeine.
- Marine phytoplankton (I recommend Plankton for Health). One of the most nutritious superfoods on the planet, which also significantly boosts energy and treats a wide range of ailments.
- Lion's Mane (Oriveda is best). This boosts cognitive performance, makes your imagination more vivid, and more.
- PEMF (I use Swiss Bionics, but there's definitely other good ones even though many aren't). This is the most powerful tool I know to effortlessly activate your body's self-healing potential, reduce inflammation, and boost both energy and general well being.
These are a few of the most powerful, priceless supplements I've found. Just these alone will dramatically improve your health and performance.
The importance of this principle is so strong, that if failed, it can render the rest almost futile. Health is wealth, and in order to operate at peak performance, your body requires the energy and capacity to handle such demands. The investment in time and money won't merely pay itself off infinitely, it's priceless.
If you bought a premium investment like a luxury sports car, you'd take damn good care of it. Our bodies are no different, in fact even more important, because it's the vehicle you're driving your entire life. Health is the most important investment you'll ever make.
#7 Never stop learning
Study every day. Not just things you're familiar with, but a diverse range of topics. Whatever piques your interest works, but primarily stick to non-fiction sources which are applicable to some area of your life. Even 30 minutes a day will develop immense knowledge.
Reading is the best because it's the most packed, condensed medium for digesting information. And if you learn speed reading, it will take far less time with more retention. You can easily hit 55 books a year or more if you do this.
Video tutorials are great in some cases, such as if you're learning how to code. If the book isn't very technical, audio books are also decent, provided you pay close attention.
I also use audiobooks to review technical books I've already read, since it's sufficient to trigger and reinforce the neural connections I developed from intense concentration whilst reading. Another benefit is you can multi-task with them, which is especially great for long books where details aren't too important, such as biographies.