When I first started at SUCCESS in 2012, we had a motto for every story: “The how, the how, the how.” Whereas news reporting traditionally revolves around answering who, what, when, where and why, our goal was to provide something more actionable.
We didn’t just want to share the factors that made people successful. We wanted to add another dimension—the ways you could take those details and apply them to your life and work to reach new heights of your own. We wanted to show how to see the future like Jeff Bezos. How to think big like Richard Branson. How to achieve the likability and charm of Jimmy Kimmel. And I think we were pretty good at it. If you repeat that process enough times, you notice a lot of similarities in high achievers. But it’s hard to label the “it” factor. Trying to do so would take years. It would take intense research of millions of high achievers all over the world. It would take someone with the means and the determination to analyze all the data and paint a clear picture. Who could ever do that?
This month, we share the ways you can apply the research-backed secrets of superior performance in all aspects of your life.
Well, Brendon Burchard did it. Taking a research approach to the subject of all-encompassing high performance that no one has before—including data points on 2 million people all across the world—he has authored what may be the definitive how-to guide on achieving and sustaining success while loving the process. To celebrate the release of his new book, High Performance Habits: How Extraordinary People Become That Way, and share the personal story that led him to seek these answers (plus how you can get inspired to begin your own search), we knew Burchard was the perfect person to front this, The Performance Issue of SUCCESS. This month, we share the ways you can apply the research-backed secrets of superior performance in all aspects of your life.
Michael Graff’s essay “Just Hope You’re Sure” is an example of the joy that can come when we seek clarity in what we want and who we are. “Unstained” is a story about how people seeking reinvention are harnessing the energy from their desire to do and be more. And web producer Lydia Sweatt raises the necessity of her actions by finding more time to apply herself to personal growth in this month’s edition of The Challenge. Also this month, you’ll find ways to increase your productivity while multiplying your happiness, amplify your influence on others by perfecting personal consistency and increase your courage to make bold decisions.
Over time, “the how, the how, the how” has faded from the top of our minds here. There is no color-by-numbers approach to success, and every person’s journey is unique. But we still believe anyone can achieve it if they are willing to learn from others and put in the work on themselves. The fact that you’re reading this suggests you have what it takes. So let’s get started. There’s never been a better time to become the high performer you are meant to be.
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This article originally appeared in the October 2017 issue of SUCCESS magazine.