5 Essential Keys
5 Essential Keys you MUST Have to be Successful | Written By: Chrystal Rose
People ask me all the time what it takes to be successful—to which I usually respond with, “Whatever it takes.” Which is true of course, but I do believe there are 5 essential elements a person must have in order to be successful.
The first thing you need to have is self-belief. This seems really simple, but a lot of the times I see people trying to accomplish something or start a new business and they don’t have it. Self-belief is absolutely crucial to success. If you don’t believe in yourself how can you expect to build something others will believe in?
For me, I have believed in myself since I was a little girl. It could just be natural born stubbornness or that I just never “unlearned” it, but I have always seen challenges as possible.
While I had the self-belief early on, I didn’t have another crucial element– Self-confidence. I didn’t really know what that meant. I would try out for plays, but I wouldn’t sing a solo. I would sing with the group tryouts and then when I didn’t get the part I wanted I’d be upset and ask myself, “Why didn’t I get the lead role? I know I can do it.”
So, I had that self-belief. I knew I could do it but I didn’t have the confidence to go for it. It wasn’t until I was 16 years old that I was just like, “You know what? I am going to try out. I’m going to sing and we’ll see what happens.” So, I did it. After that moment, I was able to do it again and again and again. So, I believed in myself and then I gained the confidence to back up my beliefs. There’s a small leap between believing you can do something and having the confidence to actually do it.
A lot of people ask me, “Chrystal, where do you get your drive?” or, “Why are you so driven?” For the longest time, I’d just reply, “Oh, I don’t know, it’s just in me.” Well, I think leaving my boarding school, I was very determined to make something of myself. From that point on, any job I had, it didn’t matter if I was waiting tables or if I was working for someone else, I worked so hard.
There was one point in my early 20s where I had three jobs. I would get up at eight o’clock in the morning and I would run off to the first job and then I would zip home at four, get ready, and drive down to my second job. I would do that until about 9/10 o’clock and then I would head over to my 3rd job. I wouldn’t get home until around four o’clock in the morning. Then I’d get up and do it all over again. I possessed drive but I didn’t know what to do with it.
So, I had this self-confidence, the self-belief and this drive. But really, what is drive without passion? It’s an endless hamster wheel of work. Having a passion gives all that work meaning. When I found my passion it was like a lightening bolt to the face and everything from that point on changed. For me, it was marketing. I got a tiny taste of it and fell in love. I wanted to learn more. It created a beautiful purpose to channel my efforts.
When you are passionate about your work, you’ll attract more customers, clients and fans. People can feel your genuine love for what you do and they’ll want to be around it.
Right after I found my passion, I created my vision. I decided I wanted to start my own marketing company. Creating a vision is more than just your end game; it’s laying out the steps to get there. Like tiny puzzle pieces you have to fit together to make the one giant picture.
When you have a vision, you have to know that it can’t just come to fruition overnight. From point A where I realized I found my passion, and I created my vision — up until I started my company, there were a lot of steps to take. I had to learn to be patient as pieces of my vision unfolded and also learn that progress is not linear. There are ups. There are downs. There are, ‘Oh no’s!!’ And there are a lot of, ‘What am I doings??’
The Road to Accomplishment
Self-belief, self-confidence, drive, passion and vision. Those are the key elements in order to reach accomplishments and smash your goals. You’re not going to succeed if you don’t believe in yourself. You are not going to succeed if you don’t have confidence in yourself. If you don’t have the drive, if you don’t have that passion burning behind it, and if you don’t have the focus to line up your vision.
Once you get all these elements down it’s simple to replicate for new goals, over and over again. Just adjust your vision, create new steps and you’ll be well on your way to success.