2. Teach Yourself the Skills You Never Thought You Could Learn
“Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success.” -Scott Adams
Most people don’t know how to:
- Self-publish an eBook
- Start a blog
- Create their own podcast
- Design their own online course
- Consistently wake up at 5AM
I didn’t believe I could do any of these things. But I’ve taught myself each of these skills — and evolved into a much better version of myself in the process.
I have a degree in English. I’ve been writing for 5 years; I blog, I create content. “I’m only a writer,” I would tell myself. “I don’t do tech stuff, I’m not a business guy.”
But after a mind-numbing week of going back-and-forth with perplexing tech support, I realized I had recoded my entire website and created my first online course from scratch. It was like looking up from the hood of your car and realizing you, a complete amateur, had just replaced the transmission by yourself.
Most people have an extremely limiting mindset of themselves. Some even wear these limitations as a backwards badge of honor:
- “Oh, I have no idea how to write a book.”
- “I’m awful at all that creative stuff.”
- “I can’t start a podcast, I wouldn’t know where to start.”
- “I couldn’t start my own business, I’d be a terrible businessman.”
This disbelief is negative power. As Joseph Murphy wrote in The Power of Your Subconscious Mind, “Your subconscious mind will accept any suggestions, however false, and responds according to the nature of the suggestion given.”
What you tell yourself becomes true.
Want to automatically attract enormous success? Teach yourself some new tricks. You increase your scope of influence, your ability to converse with experts in different fields, and most importantly, your self-belief.
Learning the skills you always thought you couldn’t learn destroys the self-doubt and fear that prevents so many people from ever achieving greatness.
“If you want enormous success, you must become more.” -Jim Rohn