Simply Successful Secrets

April 8, 2007

I was tagged by my friend Kian Ann at Blogopreneur (a really informative blog focusing on blog marketing) a few weeks ago.. This was part of a meme started at Today is That Day. Haha.. as you can see, I’m long overdue.. Oops.. Hope this wun discourage people from tagging me.. My bad!

Wanted to blog this post long ago, but kept procrastinating. Also partly due to the two marketing test I had in school which just ended today! But this also signals the start of the study break soon in preparation for the final exams for the semester. Just three more weeks and it’ll be over! Thereafter, three months of holidays!

I’m so looking forward to that. Lotsa exciting plans lined up. It’s going to be a massive breakthrough for myself and some of my friends whom I’ve gotten to know recently. Can’t wait for that.

Now that I’ve battled two of my exams and have some time to take a breather, shall go ahead and post my long overdue post.



So the meme asks to state our top success secrets. Hmm.. sounds rather tricky.. firstly, you need to define success. As everyone’s definition of success varies, so there’s no universal indicator. So before I state my habits towards successs, guess I should first explain my definition of success which can be found in my previous post at What Is Your Definition Of Success

Anyway, here are my habits!

Success Habits

1. Communicate with God daily – I constantly pray to God. By this I do not mean I devote huge amount of time to quiet prayers. I try to involve God with my daily activities, making it a point to thank Him for small little things that happened in my life. Most importantly, I constantly remind myself of how merciful and gracious He is. I live my life for Him.

2. Show gratitude – It’s easy to get carried away with all the busy stuffs that I’m involved with. And often I neglect the people around me. Hence, I make it a point to show my appreciation as much as possible. Simple things like saying thank you, smiling.. and saying I love you (for Patricia). Also, it feels good to show gratitude even to people whom you don’t know. Try thanking the person who clears your table when you dine the next time. Few people does it. But from my experience as a waiter before, I know that simple gesture is worth a lot. So I always make it a point to thank people for such simple service.

3. Stay positive always – Highly important. I hate it when people whine and complain, and talk about the worst scenarios possible. Really depressing to hang around with such people. As if the crises facing the world isn’t gloomy enough and you have to add on to that. Cheer up! Many of my peers get so uptight over a small lil proj or test and cannot stop worrying. Worrying will not help! So if that’s the case, why worry? Guess it’s human nature.

But I do know that all successful people are positive people. And they focus on solutions instead of problems.

So stay positive always! When problems arise, do not fret! As Problem + Solution = Opportunity.

Quote from Johnny Wimbrey:

If you hang around with 9 negative people, you’ll be no. 10!

So hang around be positive people as well! Positive people are always happy. So you can count on them to cheer you up too!

I’ve talked more about staying positive in a previous post. Read it at Stay Positive Always

4. Establish a strong driving factor – I’ve managed to establish an extremely strong driving factor for myself and I remind myself constantly about it. This helps to act as a powerful motivation tool and helps to kick procrastination away. I talked about the importance of finding your driving factor at Would You Rather Be Rich (Pt2).

5. Set well-defined goals and remind yourself of them daily

Setting goals not only serve to track your progress and also gives you a direction in life. You should set goals in all areas of your life. Setting stretch goals will also stretch you out of your comfort zone and lead you to achieve things which normal people wouldn’t.

6. Being absolutely committed towards achieving my goals – This means I’ve made it a MUST to achieve my goals. And I’m absolutely passionate about achieving my dreams and goals.

7. Do not be afraid of failure – I talked about this in Success Tip #2 & #3 For 2007 – Overcome the Fear Of Failure & Avoid Procrastination so read it over there!

8. Consistently learning (Being a student for life) – I a strong believer in personal development. Am glad that I was exposed to NLP and motivational resources early. Am also a student of Success University whereby I gain access to courses, audios and videos from 50 of the world’s speakers and trainers. This provides me with the extra knowledge and motivation boost.

I also constantly read books and listen to audio programs in my quest for more knowledge. Learning should be a lifelong process, and no matter how successful you think you are, it’s still vital that you keep striving to upgrade. No man is perfect, and there’s always things that you can learn from others. So never think you know everything!

9. Apply the knowledge I’ve learnt – Knowledge is useless without application. Many people would attend seminars or buy tons of books. But all these will simply translate to money going down to drain if no application follows. Just take an example, I know of at least three friends who have read the book Secrets of Self-Made Millionaires by Adam Khoo. However, none of them have taken action towards the things that were laid out inside the book.

On the other hand, I’ve taken massive action and started out on my internet marketing business. Not saying I’m highly successful now, but I know I’m working towards there. Most importantly, I’ve really pushed myself out of my comfort zone and not contend with living an unmotivated and average life.

Applied Knowledge = Wisdom

10. Visualize Success – I visualize myself being at the position I want to be constantly. Remember the Law of Attraction from the movie ‘The Secret’? I’ve visualized myself speaking in front of an audience in my own workshop way before the idea of holding a workshop surfaced. And it has manifested in reality. Now the Law of Attraction does not advocate you simply sitting down and thinking positively w/o doing anything.

It doesn’t take a genius to realize that this is not going to bring you success.

What it’s trying to convey is

Thought -> Decision -> Action

For every desired end state, it has to start with a thought. Just take a look around you. Everything that was invented started first with a thought. Hence, your thoughts will lead your mind to your decisions that will result in your actions. So if you focus on positive thoughts, it will lead you to take the right decisions in order for you to take the neccessary actions which will culminate in positive results.

On the contrary, flood your mind with negative thoughts and your life will be a replica of your negative thoughts.

So remember, you need to start visualizing yourself achieving the success you desire even before you achieved it!

Now that I’ve shared my habits, what are yours?

I shall pass this on to a few friends

1. Patricia

2. Moonaire

3. JiaYu

4. Rachit

5. Ethan

6. Desmond (upon his pleas)

7. Ivan




14 Responses to “Simply Successful Secrets”

  1. Aaron M. Potts on April 8th, 2007 7:16 am


    Wow, you have got a GREAT attitude! As I was reading through your list, I don’t know if I was more impressed with the success secrets, or the obvious fact that you are excited and confident about the things that you said!

    You have got an amazing list here, and I have no doubt that your successful habits will lead you to every single success that you have envisioned.

    Thank you so much for participating, and keep up that great state of mind! :)

  2. Calvin on April 8th, 2007 5:23 pm

    Hi Aaron,

    great to have you visit my blog!

    and thanks for setting up such an interesting meme and also the compliment. ;)

  3. Desmond Ng on April 8th, 2007 5:35 pm

    Haha I like the 6. Desmond (upon his pleas)
    Thanx for the extra attention =P

    Good Luck for your exams.

  4. Kian Ann on April 8th, 2007 11:47 pm

    Hey Calvin!

    Thanks for continuing the meme! Yeah, you definitely have some wonderful success habits, and they will be sure to take you far! All the best!

  5. Calvin on April 9th, 2007 1:08 am

    Haha no prob desmond!

    Special attention for the special one!

  6. Calvin on April 9th, 2007 1:10 am

    Hi Kian Ann,

    haha no prob! actually feel bad for not continuing sooner. Thanks for the well wishes!

    All the best to you too!

  7. -:-queen_pat-:- on April 10th, 2007 1:12 am

    Heya dear! Thanks for tagging me in the post! Looks like it’s loads of fun continuing the meme :) Check out my blog soon~! ;)

  8. Calvin on April 10th, 2007 2:43 pm

    Hey darling!

    Looking forward to your continuation of the meme!


  9. ethan on April 10th, 2007 4:31 pm

    Hey bro! Thanks a lot for passing them on to me. Not sure what to do with them yet. Heh Good luck for exams!

  10. Calvin on April 10th, 2007 11:24 pm


    hope to see you post your success habits post too bro!

    Good luck for ur exams too!

  11. -:-queen_pat-:- on April 11th, 2007 11:10 pm

    Hi dear!

    Just completed my Simply Successful Secrets meme at haha~! Go take a look ya? Anyway I love your success habits. In fact, a few of my habits were actually learnt from you! Such as no. 10 – visualising success. It’s really a habit worth picking up because you’ll benefit from it greatly!

    And dear, really appreciate your habit #2. Well, I can sense your thankfulness even if you don’t say ‘ilu’ all the time.. it’s just US i guess. :) *muackz*!

  12. Calvin on April 12th, 2007 11:18 pm

    hey darling!

    nice success habits you have developed!

    hee.. more good times are ahead of us!

    feels great eh! ;)

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