“Successful people aren’t born that way. They become successful by establishing the habit of doing things unsuccessful people don’t like to do. The successful people don’t always like doing these things themselves; they just get on and do them.”
– Don Marquis
Hal Elrod in his widely acclaimed book – ‘The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8 AM)Edit‘ mentions this quote before deep diving into how we can acquire new healthy habits and get used to them.
In this quote, Don Marquis has pointed out the significant difference between successful people and unsuccessful people. The successful people acquire new habits by regularly performing them again and again, every day, without interruptions until they start liking and enjoying them. Even for the successful people, the initial period is always painful and unbearable. But as they become used to the new rules/routine, these habits form an integral part of their life. In fact, such habits and the perseverance to acquire them make the successful people who they are. (Read more on how to get used to new habits here.)
On the similar note, Scott Jurek (renowned ultra-marathon runner and author of the book ‘Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon GreatnessEdit‘) quotes “Sometimes you just do things” – the words of his father often told to the little Scott whenever he asked ‘why’ questions. Scott Jurek later says these five words are behind the success he has got.
So are you ready to start a new habit?
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