I love it when people deconstruct high-performers so we can learn from them.

We learn the habits, practices and routines of successful people we want to emulate and we think, If I just do exactly what they do then I’ll get the same results.

I don’t want to knock that because there is some truth to it.

Especially if you’re talking about things that are constant in life. For example, if you want to be debt free and start building wealth you could easily follow Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps to do so.

These steps will help you, regardless of personality, gifting or learning style.

Same with quitting drinking. Anyone can follow A.A.’s 12 steps to get clean and sober. No matter your race, age, religion or upbringing, “It works if you work it.”

But what are the proven steps to business success?

If you’re paying yourself a $7,000/month salary is there a reliable formula that would allow you to double that while still working less than 40 hours a week?

A lot of people would say there is.

These people usually also have a course, book or product they would gladly sell you that teaches you how in just 90 days (or your money back of course).

But I’m skeptical a formula like this exists. Maybe I’m wrong.

However, I do believe there are success principles that have stood the test of time that anyone could benefit from.

Things like:

  • Pursue excellence in your work.
  • Treat others the way you would want to be treated.
  • Find or create work that fits your unique ability.

These ideas have been around for a long time. In fact, the Book of Proverbs touches on each of those ideas listed above. It was written over 2,300 years ago. I’d say it has stood the test of time.

So while there may not be a paint-by-numbers success blueprint available to you there is wisdom to be gleaned.

We may as well sink our teeth into these proven principles instead of gambling with the latest success formula.