It might seem like a daunting task to go from,"I have nothing," to, "I'm successful." It might even seem impossible.
But I am here to tell you that it is not impossible.
Countless entrepreneurs have gone from literally having nothing and being homeless to finding traditional success and making millions of dollars. Chris Gardner, from the Will Smith movie, The Pursuit of Happiness, is a great example. He was homeless and living on the street with his son but today runs a successful multi-million dollar business.
I have coached and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs that had "nothing" when they came to me, and I've helped them turn their careers and lives around.
These are some of the most important takeaways from those coaching sessions.
1. Your self-perception is extremely relevant.
Your perception of yourself and your situation can be an asset or a liability.
The first thing to realize is that since you are living and breathing here on this planet, you do have something. You have your mind and your body. And no matter what condition those are in, there are ways to improve both.
These two tools, a man or woman with your bare hands, is all that you truly need. Everything else is a luxury. In fact, there are even people becoming successful with no arms or legs, so what's your excuse?
Many of us have faced difficult times in our lives. You may be at a place in your life where you say "I have nothing, how could I be successful?"
Many of the world's most successful people have faced extremely difficult times, financial burdens, failed relationships, failed businesses, homelessness and other hardships.
But learning how to turn these "problems" into benefits has been one of the biggest turning points for many successful people.
2. Reframe your problems.
The most important thing to understand is that a perceived problem--such as not having any money--is actually a benefit in disguise.
When life takes away your money, you are forced to utilize other resources to accomplish what you want to accomplish. You are left with your time, your knowledge (we all know something) and whoever you can get to help you.
In other words, life is eliminating options and helping you choose how you are going to be successful. In the case of not having money, it would be harder to hire an entire staff, so that means it's time to roll up your sleeves and do it yourself. It's time to put in that sweat equity.
This is the universe's way of saying that you are capable of doing it yourself. I do not believe that life throws anything at us that we can't handle.
Daymond John wrote a book called, The Power of Broke: How Empty Pockets, a Tight Budget, and a Hunger for Success Can Become Your Greatest Competitive Advantage. I think he's spot on. The above supposed negatives can be reframed as competitive advantages, rather than as problems.
3. Apply conviction to what you are doing.
The most important "success hack" I have ever learned is shockingly simple yet extremely powerful. Tony Robbins is a huge advocate of this.
It's as simple as truly believing in yourself and applying maximum conviction and dedication to what you are doing.
Don't "try" to build a successful business, do it. Don't half believe in what you are building, fully believe.
By applying this mindset of absolute certainty and belief, it puts you way ahead of the competition.
This applies to your physical body as well. If you are constantly slouched with a frown on your face and arms crossed, that may not serve you well. That kind of posture can come across as defensive, negative or closed minded. A strong, positive, and open posture will make things that much more attainable.
"If you have a heartbeat, there's still time for your dreams." -Sean Stephenson