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We are living in a time unlike any other time in history. We have seen incredible advancements and remarkable innovations over the years. Technology is a powerful tool that gives us access to unprecedented amounts of information. With the click of a button we can be transported into another world and discover insights that we never imagined possible. We’ve come into the era of self-proclaimed experts and gurus. While I am not questioning the validity of these titles, I am troubled that the title expert has become so common in our culture today. I know that expertise and mastery is not as easy as most people think. Also, I know that success without a cost is counterfeit. Let’s explore what it really takes to achieve a life of uncommon success.
You need to unlearn everything that you think you know about success. Years ago I had a very different view of success. I thought success was about making it to the top and living a fabulous life. However, as I matured I realized that my definition of success was all wrong. Success is not about making it to the top. Success is about transformation and becoming the best version of yourself. Stop defining success by what you drive, what you wear and where you live. Success is a lifelong work that requires constant improvement, unending development and self awareness. Change your definition of success and you will change the direction of your life. We have seen success as simply a vehicle to afford us all of the things that we have always wanted. We have failed to see success as a calling that presents us with the opportunity to create a platform that impacts and enriches the world.
The one thing that separates most people from success is a lack of development. In this age of so many experts and gurus I find myself frustrated. Too many people are recycling and regurgitating content and information that we have heard before. If you are in fact an expert then present new ideas, provoke humanity to reflect and realign their lives and produce work that is meaningful and priceless. When I look around the world today I see a lot of people with information but we are lacking transformation. As an award-winning entrepreneur that has received numerous honors I am proud to be celebrated for my uniqueness. I did not enter my industry to duplicate what everyone else was doing. I made a decision that I was going to dominate my industry. I sit and watch many of these experts struggle to succeed because they never took the time to develop. The danger in duplication is that it never forces you to develop as a person. The lessons and wisdom I share come from my soul. My experiences did not come out of books or a quick Google search. I have shared openly from my life and journey and people around the world have been empowered in the process. Success is not a formula. Success is something that has to be forged on the inside of you. If you will cooperate with development I guarantee you that you will collide with your prophetic destiny. There are no shortcuts to a life of significance.
You have to be hungry for greatness. I have been asked many questions over the years. However, the one question that I have been asked repeatedly is the question of what does it really take to be successful. It is a question that I never get tired of answering. Your success in life hinges upon your hunger. The problem with most people today is that they are not hungry enough. Hunger means an extreme investment of time and energy to the pursuit of a goal that is much greater than you. Hunger is a tenacity that does not accept the possibility of defeat. Hunger is an unrelenting quest and pursuit to be world-class in everything that you do. Hunger pushes you beyond comfort, convenience and complacency and compels you to give your all to everything that you do. People come to me all the time and say that they are ready for success. Sadly, I know that 95% of the people that say that to me are not ready. I learned years ago that your hunger level is revealed by how you live. Notice I did not say it was about your affirmations. Nor did I say that it was about inspiration or motivation. Success is the product of hunger. Show me a hungry person and I will show you a person of passion that is committed to reaching their full potential.
You have to cultivate the mentality of a champion. I believe that inspiration and motivation is great. However, what I know is that empowerment is the bridge to greatness. Empowerment is not about a good feeling or emotion. Empowerment is not even about positivity. Empowerment is an indestructible belief system that that can not be shaken. We spend too much time developing our presentations and not enough time developing our paradigms. It does not matter how great you can talk if you have faulty thinking. The real reason that more people are not succeeding is because they do not have the bulletproof mindset that it so essential to manifesting success. We are trying to persuade everyone how successful we are but our psychology tells a very different story. In fact, we have coaches and experts selling a message that they have not mastered. We want people to apply principles that are not producing in our own lives. You can mask a lot of things but you cannot mask what is in the mind. Your mind reveals everything I would ever want to know about you. You are simply a manifestation of the content that has taken up residence in your mind. If you do not like what you are producing you need to stop polluting the environment of your mind. Inspiration and motivation is not enough to undo years of neglecting your mind. Empowerment is about training your mind for success. After all, you cannot produce uncommon success without empowerment.
Jamelle Sanders is the CEO of Jamelle Sanders International. Jamelle is committed to empowering entrepreneurs and leaders around the world to live up to their true potential and to profit wildly in their businesses. Jamelle is a life coach, business strategist, author, leading empowerment specialist and highly respected thought leader. Jamelle serves as a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, Inspiyr and various other platforms. Jamelle has been featured on NBC, HuffPost Live, Young Upstarts, Addicted 2 Success and numerous other media outlets. Jamelle has successfully empowered leaders and entrepreneurs around the world to succeed in life and business.