177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class

The masses chase success, and often find it elusive as a result of their limited belief system. The few that break through typically make to it the upper-class level of consciousness, where they remain for the rest of their lives. The upper class is driven by ego and power. While some of them build financial fortunes, they often suffer from a lack of meaning and fulfillment in their lives. This is evident by the number of broken relationships many of them experience. In an attempt to gain greater fulfillment, this group is famous for throwing money at their relationship problems and attempting to use their power to coerce their friends and loved ones to their point of view. When this eventually fails, as it must, the upper class doesn’t understand how they can be so successful professionally, but not personally.

Their egocentric addiction renders them blind to the simple truth that fulfillment and happiness cannot be coerced or purchased. The few that make this discovery are propelled to the world class almost overnight, where they trade in their ego-based thoughts for a spirit-filled consciousness. The upper class focuses on success; the world class focuses on significance. The great ones discover what fulfills them first and end up with success as a byproduct. Their secret to a fulfilling life is often through servant leadership to a large group of people who need their help. There is a direct correlation between their level of fulfillment and the magnitude of impact they have on the people they serve.

In other words, the more significant the champions become in the lives of others, the more fulfillment they experience, and the more fulfillment they experience, the more energy and effort they invest in other people. The success formula is similar, but requires that the performer help large numbers of people in order to reap large rewards. The irony is that many great performers become successful without ever chasing success. Their journey to fulfillment through helping other people creates success by natural law. By focusing on becoming a significant person in the lives of others, they automatically gain the success that the masses so desperately seek. Their world-class success and fulfillment creates world-class happiness. That’s why we call them the great ones.


Ask this critical thinking question: “Am I focusing my energy on becoming successful or significant?”

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Quotes from: Steve Siebold, 177 Mental Toughness Secrets of the World Class (Hong Kong: London House, 2005), page 185.​


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