If a genie were to grant me the three wishes of being rich, successful, and happy, I would gladly accept her generosity. It’s difficult to find all three at once. While I’m currently experiencing success in my career, I’m far from rich, and I'm often stressing over money. As for happiness, it comes and goes depending on the day.
So how can we possibly have all three at the same time? According to Inc. contributing editor Jeff Haden, there are 11 secrets to becoming rich, successful, and happy. Haden admits that it’s not easy to have all three at once, but it is possible.
1. Stop focusing on money
Putting too much attention on how much you make can distract you from doing the things that can grow your wealth. Haden recommends shifting your perspective: “See money not as the primary goal but as a byproduct of doing the right things.”
2. Start tracking how many people you help, if only in a small way
When you help the people you work with to become successful, your success will naturally follow.
3. Stop thinking about money and start thinking about service
The only way you are going to make money is if you have a stellar service or product. So figure out a way to serve more customers better. “Serve a million people—and serve them really well—and the money will follow,” Haden explains.
4. See making money as a way to make more things
Successful people see money as a way of doing more of what they love. They dream of writing another book, producing another movie, decorating another house, and more money is the way to fuel that dream. A Walt Disney quote sums it up nicely: "We don't make movies to make money, we make money to make more movies."
5. Find your happiness in the success of others
According to Haden, “Almost every truly successful entrepreneur feels a major chunk of his or her happiness comes from enjoying the success of employees and customers.” When your team succeeds that means you are succeeding too, so let it bring you joy.
6. Cultivate dignity and respect
Employers can always give raises and more vacation time, but what the best employers give beyond that are dignity and respect. Doing this will make you more successful.
7. Do one thing better
Choose one thing that you’re already good at and become the best at it. Those who are financially successful are doing at least one thing better than all the people that surround them. As Haden puts it, excellence commands “higher pay—and greater respect, greater feelings of self-worth, greater fulfillment, a greater sense of achievement... all of which make you rich in non-monetary terms.”
8. List the best people at that one thing
Study the people who do the best at that one thing and track your progress against them. Don’t just admire the successful. Figure out what makes them successful and apply the same tactics to your life.
9. Then do more of what you do best
Spend less time doing everything else and more time doing what makes the biggest difference to your personal bottom line. If you’re great at sales, why are you spending half of your time doing social media marketing? You should spend all of your time selling.
10. Relentlessly track your progress
Check-in once a week and see where you are at in terms of reaching your goals.
11. Build routines that ensure your success
Wishing and hoping won’t help you achieve financial success, however, doing will, so set up the routines that ensure you will succeed. Haden explains it like this: “Say you want to write a 300-page book. That's your goal. Your system to achieve that goal could be to write four pages a day—that's your routine.” Define your goal, then create the routine that will get you there.