What people see and hear is often what they become. That is a famous phrase that has been said over and over again like a gazillion times. And while very few people have understood what it means, the meaning of this phrase has been deeply rooted in people's lives and what they are now.
If you think about it, the phrase carries a really deep meaning and explanation of why the rich keep getting richer and why the poor fall into even deeper poverty ad the age. We have to admit that a good deal of people have gotten out of poverty but the explanation to this is in the brain chemistry of the person.
A good example of the billionaires who are famous all over the world is Mark Zackerburg. Yes, the leading tech CEO of Facebook and Instagram among a few other tech companies.
If you deeply examine his life, you will come to learn that he was not born rich. He was the son of doctor and was pretty passionate about programming. He didn't have high hopes of becoming a billionaire one day nor did he actually chase the good life by waking up at 4:30am and sleeping at 12:30am like other billionaires, when he was at home with his parents.
In university, he led the typical college student life of studies and sleeping and a bit of interaction (keeping in mind he was an introvert).
So before he became a billionaire, he thought like a poor person, lived like a poor person and vouched for ways he saw and heard through the years he was living with his parents.
Although the history of Mark before becoming rich is not as accurate as in the movie "The social network" or the numerous biographies online, you will come to note that there are high chances his thought process changed when he got to Harvard.
That is when he got to know other people and heard how they thought and valued becoming rich. And the fact that they were actually working towards that direction.
Nature was somehow in his favor and he was able to build fortunes from his passion, programming.
But taking an in-depth look at the way he did things, you will see that his success has been mainly due to his simple style of living. Mark has same gray plain t-shirts on his wardrobe. Hundreds of them.
He also wears simple hoodies and jeans. So he does not have to spend much compared to a person who likes wearing designer clothes and shoes.
He had one of the simplest weddings ever known, in his backyard and it came as a surprise to everyone who was invited as they came to his house knowing it was just a party.
These are the ways to success.
Mark may have practiced then without knowing but he sure did it the right way.
If you are a person who looks to succeed and you are still among people who believe becoming wealthy is not really important in life, then you will want to leave that company of friends as soon as you can.
You want to stay with people who have the same values as yourself. That's how you are going to grow.
The second lesson we learn from Mark's story is the power of living a simple life. If you are making a fair amount of money that you feel can be better, you want to be careful with what you already have.
Just because you are making a few tens of thousands of dollars a month doesn't mean you have to wear all the designer clothes that the money can afford. Train yourself to live like a minimalist. It will save you huge amounts that you can save up and invest.
Think about this, Mark has a $30,000 car being the billionaire he is. Doesn't mean that he needs to live the frugal life to save up for anything (because he can still afford what he so desires).
Those are just his habits.
You can make a habit of spending little, saving up more and investing to become the person you want to be.
Don't spend money on things you know are unnecessary. As Warren Buffet said, "If you spend money buying things you don't need, you will soon be selling things you need."
And this is as practical as it gets. Feel free to try it yourself.
So this was some of the few essential traits that we can learn from people who have succeeded. Keep looking and investigating their lives and you will learn more.