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10 Ways to Succeed in Life and Work

John is a long-time poet, short fiction, and article writer. He loves story-telling and also has a Certificate in Permaculture Design.


What is Your Passion?

What is your passion? Mine is firstly for the love and welfare of my wife and family, but next is writing. Isn't it wonderful if what we are passionate about is also the thing that brings us an income? That isn't always possible but it is the goal we should aim for.

Let's use writing as an example. For instance, say you are a freelance writer. You can't just copy and paste a few paragraphs of content from across the Internet, rearrange them, and sell them to your client as being by you. Then feel you have done a successful days work. That's crap, dishonest, and just overall bad business practice. It needs to be in your own original words and you need to inject everything you write with a little bit of yourself so it comes over as believable and honest to your readers.

But, whatever you do, professionally or otherwise, if you want to be successful you need to be truthful, and throw your drive and passion into it.

The following are ten tips to help you be successful:


10 Ways to Succeed

  1. Study intensively and learn everything you can about your area of interest.
  2. Have passion for what you choose to do and try to always keep that alive.
  3. If you do lose your desire try to find something else to redirect your passion to.
  4. Be unique! Do your thing better than everyone else, or find a different slant.
  5. Listen to criticism and learn from it. No matter what you do or say, someone will disagree. Never let it discourage you.
  6. Keep striving to be better, and ultimately to be the best.
  7. When you feel like giving up, GO HARDER!
  8. Always be honest with yourself. Don't pretend to be what you are not.
  9. Be confident in your ability and your product, and be willing to promote both. Be loud, be proud!
  10. If and when you realise your success/fame, be humble. You owe it to your readers/audience/customers. Always treat them with gratitude and respect.

Always Keep It Humble

No matter what you do in life

Strive to do it well.

Be passionate and seek your dream,

Don't be stuck within your shell.

Never be discouraged

When things don't go to plan.

Just pull up your big boy pants,

And realise that you can.

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Be strong and persevering,

Believe you are the best.

Promote yourself at every chance,

Stand out from all the rest.

When you make it to the top,

Don't forget from where you came.

Always keep it humble,

Or short-lived will be your fame.



We all enjoy receiving praise and encouragement for a job well done, but, always be prepared for criticism.

Remember, there are people out there who hate puppies and kittens, even Bambi. So there are bound to be people who hate what you do as well. You need to learn how to accept this (often unfounded) criticism and let it go like water off a duck's back.

No one is immune, but if you always do your ultimate best and are confident in your abilities, these occasional barbs will have no effect other than make you stronger and more determined.

How Can I Not Be Motivated?

Two of my sons, Jared and Trent, are personal fitness trainers and ex Muay Thai fighters. Trent is also part owner of a gym and Jared is also a motivational speaker through his business Fight4Life.

How can I not be motivated in everything I do in my life? Even though I am a writer, not a fighter.



John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 12, 2018:

Thank you, Shaloo. I am glad you find this piece inspiring. That was my aim. Thank you for reading and I greatly appreciate that comment.

Shaloo Walia from India on February 12, 2018:

So inspiring!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 03, 2017:

Hi Anita. I am glad this was helpful to you. I think I write for the same reasons as you, on subjects or topics that interest me, not for the money. My sons thank you too :)

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on December 02, 2017:

Thank you for this hub Jodah. Just what I needed. I have recently had a few of my hubs marked for not having enough views. will rewrite them and change their titles. Must admit that I enjoy writing articles that I find interesting and do not always consider their monetary value. But then just as I prefer certain articles I believe there are thousands of readers with the same preference in articles as I have. They just have not discovered my articles yet. Love the image of your very attractive sons.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 01, 2017:

Thanks for reading and sharing from your own experience PS. Yes, I agree that you can't abide your voice being changed to suit an agenda. Much appreciated.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on December 01, 2017:

Being critiqued by others was difficult for me but as I listened and grew I found that they message was often thoughtfully given and most of the time I took it to heart. However when the critics were challenging my voice if you will then I held fast to know. well said Jodah Many Angels are on the way ps

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 15, 2017:

Paul, thank you for such a positive comment. I am glad you follow a similar philosophy. I knew you would. Much appreciated.

Suzie from Carson City on September 15, 2017:

Jodah......You're such a busy, versatile guy. It's easy to see you follow your own great advice. "Practice what you preach," makes it all so realistic. I agree with you 100% that we must believe in ourselves. I learned long ago, to be my own motivator and biggest critic so that being "true to myself," will result in satisfaction and peace of mind.

Another wonderful work, Jodah. Keep on doing what you do so well! Paula

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 10, 2017:

What can I say, John. I always treasure your comments, and yes, we are and should be our major competition. If anyone gets a lesson or something positive from my writing I am proud and humbled. Thanks again.

Faith-Hope-Love on September 10, 2017:

Once again you have taught me a strong Lesson. I would also add that "We ourselves are our Competition". Thank you for the great teaching. I always enjoy your work and Lessons though I may not comment on all of them. You are Fantastic, John, Amazing and Wise. From an old ..... God Bless. John

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 10, 2017:

Dream On, thank you for such an in-depth and wonderful comment. It's never too late to read and comment on someone's work...mine anyway.

I appreciate everything you said, and I don't get a chance to read everything you write either, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy and get something meaningful from every one I do. Thanks again.

DREAM ON on September 09, 2017:

John Hansen Two months after your poem was written I found time to read it. There was a few reasons for this. One there were so many people reading your work the internet was busy. Then of course I like to read your work and all the comments following it. Each hubber telling how your hub moved them. I can't begin to tell you how long that takes. I saved the best for last.There is a wonderful writer that finds time to read my hubs before everyone else. I can easily get mesmerized by so many interesting stories that move me. All that really matters is that I made it. The best tip to follow is there is someone out there who doesn't like Bambi so why should we be any different. Thank you so much for your support and all your great advice.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 14, 2017:

Glad you enjoyed this, Sha. Sometimes the passion wears off after too many years. Hopefully you can retire soon and spend more time creative writing.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 14, 2017:

I enjoyed this, John. We all need a kick in the pants from time to time. I'm in the field of construction accounting. After 30 plus years in the biz, I find it hard to be passionate. I'm basically only biding my time until my mortgage is paid off and I can retire. Then maybe I can get passionate about writing again!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 18, 2017:

Great job, Anita. I hope those books are a big help to you in promoting your own books..

Anita Hasch from Port Elizabeth on July 18, 2017:

You are so right. I have been fortunate in finding and downloading some super inspiring ebooks from Smashwords.

The most recent one I downloaded, that I am excited about is 'KDP 6Figures Exposed by Muhammad Sikandar. I am sure that this ebook is going to help me with my marketing. And it is free.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 30, 2017:

I am glad to hear that, Devika. Thanks.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on June 30, 2017:

I enjoy what I do and your ideas true.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 24, 2017:

Thank you, Tamara. I feel better already. *hugs*

Tamara Moore on June 24, 2017:

I understand, John, because sometimes others have disagreements with me, too, and then I feel very down, too. But, it will be okay, because now you know that we all experience this in life, and you are not alone in any way, shape, or form. It'll be okay. Please smile, again, because you write lovely and wonderfully inspiring material.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 24, 2017:

Thank you so much Tamara. I needed that sort of comment right now as I have had a disagreement with someone at another site and feeling a little down. Your comment has lifted my spirits and has also added great value to my article. I am so glad you can relate to my ten ways to succeed.

Tamara Moore on June 24, 2017:

This is a technically breathtaking article in which you have so skillfully published, here. (As you might be able to tell from my word usage, I am in another one of my crazy moods, but my words are true, even if overly dramatic, concerning your lovely post, here).

Passion is something that I often write about, myself, and how to keep it alive.

I love your "10 Ways to Suceed", especially.

#2. A resounding "Yes!", on trying to keep the passion ALIVE.

#3. Indeed! It is okay for me to change my passion for something else!

#5). Very encouraging! Yes, we will never please everyone.

#7). Right! Perseverance!

#8). If nothing else, being honest with myself has always been a first, and foremost, value to me... (I just have to remember not to beat myself up over it, either).

#9) + #10). Truth. Be confident; believe in myself, but stay humble no matter how incredibly incredible my work is...(I am sooooo kidding! LOL...Made myself laugh, again...ha ha)..

YAY! for your splendid article.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2017:

So good to see you back at HubPages, ps. .glad you saw the importance in these points. All is good here, and hope all is well with you and yours also.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 23, 2017: nailed it... four and five are so important...and each other element of this hub gives food for thought. Giving voice to our thoughts, our passion, allows us ideas, thoughts, beliefs, and imagination to shine wonderful that is. Hope all is well with you and yours....Angels are headed your way this morning. ps

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 22, 2017:

Happy to provide some inspiration to start your day Chitrangada. Thank you for your kind words once again.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 22, 2017:

There is no better way to start a day than by reading some inspirational words! Thanks for the inspiration this morning ! And I would keep on referring to it.

Nice to read about your sons! I believe if our children inspire us in the later years of our lives, we have lived an accomplished life and we should feel satisfied that we did our jobs well as parents .

Great hub and your poems are always excellent! Thanks for sharing !

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 22, 2017:

Shaloo, it is good to see you back active on HP. Thank you for reading and I am glad you enjoyed this and found it a positive message.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 22, 2017:

Thank you, Nadine. Yes, I am proud of all my kids, and hope this gives a good message.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 22, 2017:

Thank you, Nadine. Yes, I am proud of all my kids, and hope this gives a good message.

Shaloo Walia from India on June 22, 2017:

Excellent tips and a very motivating poem. Loved it!

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on June 22, 2017:

What a nice post from a proud father who is giving excellent advice through poetry and bullet points.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 21, 2017:

Thank you, Linda. I am glad you found this interesting and inspirational. Your comments are always greatly appreciated.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 21, 2017:

You've shared some good advice and an interesting article, John. Your poem is inspirational.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 21, 2017:

I agree, Larry. It isn't easy to accept being criticised but as you say you really need to be able to take on board anything you find constructive and helpful and discard the rest.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 21, 2017:

Haha Blossom...maybe "big girl" pants would be more appropriate in some cases. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 21, 2017:

Hi Bob, yes the C.S. Lewis quote is a good motto to live by. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 21, 2017:

Thank you, Mike. I always hope what I write is helpful to people in some way. It is whether those who need the message read it.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on June 21, 2017:

It took me a long time to develop the ability to listen to criticism. Look at it this way: critics are just people like you. Discard that which means nothing to you and incorporate that which does, but always try to listen.

Interesting article.

Bronwen Scott-Branagan from Victoria, Australia on June 21, 2017:

Great advice! Although not sure about how those 'big boy pants' would fit! You spent quite some time, I imagine, with the illustrations and the poem - great hub!

Bob Craypoe from New Jersey on June 21, 2017:

I love that C.S. Lewis Quite. I have even used it myself. Actually, I kind of live by it too.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 21, 2017:

Hello John - What a nice piece of writing. Motivation, advice, and guidance are found here. I hope many see this. Never give up is a good motto.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 20, 2017:

John, I feel we are directed to read or see certain things whenever the time is right or we need a lesson. I am glad you were directed to this piece at an appropriate time. thank you for reading. Blessings.

John Ward from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. on June 20, 2017:

I have, from this piece, been handed a good lesson. Thank you for your wisdom and caring that is shown in this work. Many many thanks My Friend. God Bless you with much SUCCESS,

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 20, 2017:

Good for you Aristotle. Best of luck.

Aristotle Wilson from Vancouver on June 20, 2017:

Humility is a great point, it's a virtue I've worked hard to establish within myself. :)

Well, time for me to really dedicate myself to writing and other passions.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 20, 2017:

Thank you for reading this Evamatu, much appreciated.

Evamatu k on June 19, 2017:

I Like it. ❤

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 19, 2017:

Hey, Galaxy. Thank you very much. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 19, 2017:

Thank you for reading and sharing all that bro (Manatita). Let the upstairs boss guide you but seize every opportunity he presents.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 19, 2017:

Aw, thank you, Linda. I am a better writer than speaker I think :) and yeah, marketing myself is what I find most difficult. I am pretty sure I could never lose my humility though. That is what I treasure most.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 19, 2017:

MizB, thank you for the great comment. Yes, I am sure an editor needs a very thick skin...mare's rear you say? :) I am sure lawyers can be difficult to work with but I have never heard the term "ding fod." I like it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 19, 2017:

Louise, thank you so much for reading and for the generous comment. I am glad you think it will help people succeed.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 19, 2017:

You said it, Mark. Stay humble at all times, successful or not.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 19, 2017:

Thanks for reading Fullerman, and I am glad you will be able to apply these tips to your writing. Let the passion grow.

GalaxyRat on June 19, 2017:

Nice Hub, and useful tips. Thanks John!

manatita44 from london on June 19, 2017:

I'm heading to this website, Bro ... I mean, sh's making the first move, right?

Note: I'm like that in life. I think that humour is so critical!

Anyway, this is Guruji's take on your first two poetic lines:

“Wherever you go, go with inspiration and aspiration.

Whatever you do, do with love and concern.

Whomever you see, see with purity's beauty

And responsibility's glory.”-Sri Chinmoy.

Keeping it humble is awesome and yes, passion and belief are necessary. My passion, which we call Aspiration when turned towards the Godhead, is always constant, praise be! I apply it in nursing, poetry, walking the streets, on buses and trains ... I really see the 'Upstairs Boss' doing it all. I'm simply an instrument of His/hers.

A holistic Hub though, and some quality advice. Thanks Bro.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 19, 2017:

John, I think YOU could be a movivational speaker too. Everything you say here is spot-on (although it pains me to acknowledge that there are people who hate puppies and kitties).

Great thoughts, great poem, and a great hub, especially timely for Fathers Day. Thank you.

P.S. - I wonder, however, how fine is the line between being able to successfully market yourself, and holding onto humility.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on June 19, 2017:

John, I loved your poem. Truer words were never spoken, much less said so poetically. You gave some great pointers to us.

You wrote: “ So there are bound to be people who hate what you do as well.”

I think everybody hates editors. I know that the people whom I try to make look good don’t like us. Most of them are not lawyers and don’t know a ding fod about legal writing. They want to have their country corn and eat it too. We are the bad guys, so we have to develop thick skins. As a writer, I can be humble but as an editor, I’m a blatant mare’s rear and that’s how I earn my keep. LOL

Louise Barraco from Ontario on June 19, 2017:

This is a great hub very informative and helpful for people who are trying to be success in anything it was a great read

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on June 19, 2017:

Even when you don't make it, be humble. I met a lot non successful people who are condescending. Humility for us all!

Ryan from Louisiana, USA on June 19, 2017:

All these are great tips. I can definitely apply these items listed to my writing again. I am becoming more passionate about writing and want to excel in it as well.

Great poem too. I always tell people to live life in your shell. Do new things, be who you want to really be. Don't worry about what people think.

Thanks for sharing this. This is an awesome hub.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 19, 2017:

All we can do is try, Bill. Thanks for stopping by.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 19, 2017:

Success and humility.....twin bookends as we seek the pinnacle and our goals....I'm trying, buddy...I'm trying! Great lesson this morning. Thank you!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2017:

Harish, thank you for that insightful comment. Yes, constructive criticism can help us improve greatly.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on June 18, 2017:

John, pursuing one's true passions is really very entertaining and soothing to the mind and soul. I especially like a line of the poem of this hub : " Don't be stuck within your shell."

About criticism, you have rightly termed it as water on the back of a duck. Nonetheless, constructive criticism is a boon and can open newer vistas before our eyes. Loved going through this inspirational hub. Thanks for sharing it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2017:

Thank you, Mary. I am glad this helped change your mindset.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 18, 2017:

I like the encouraging bit of when you feel like giving up, try harder. Changing my mindset to success also helped me a lot.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2017:

Wow, Eric, that is the ultimate compliment.. Having my poem and enjoyed by Gabriel. I really want young kids to enjoy reading poetry again.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 18, 2017:

News alert on that poem. My seven year old Gabriel, just finished reading, learning new words. Reading again and then reading it real fast to get the rhythm.

That is a home run perfecta friend. Thank you for enriching.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2017:

So glad you found it uplifting, Flourish. Have a great week.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2017:

Thank you, pen promulgates.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2017:

Thanks as always Eric. Sometimes you make me feel like I am teaching the teacher/preacher :) Your comments always motivate me even more.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2017:

Glad you found this inspirational, whonu. Thanks and blessings back.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2017:

Thank you, ThreeKeys. I had to use that line.

threekeys on June 18, 2017:

I love the line "pull up you big boy pants"...

Nice, Jodah.

whonunuwho from United States on June 18, 2017:

Most inspirational my friend. Well done. Blessings to all. whonu

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 18, 2017:

Print the ten out and put them on your wall is what say!

The poem is just great. Copy that to word and my son and I will read and discuss.

In short; This is awesome.

pen promulgates on June 18, 2017:

Good pointers.

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 18, 2017:

This was an uplifting hub, and I enjoyed your poem as well as the personal notes ably your sons. Happy Father's Day!

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