The Top 47 Best Travel Blogs to Follow
The list of “Top Blogs” is back baby!
You may have seen our previous lists where we feature what we believe to be the best blogs to follow within a certain category.
Here’s a few of our past lists:
In this list, we’ve researched the best travel blogs of this year! These are all blogs where the owners spend the majority of their time travelling around the world, and documenting the process.
This allows other travel enthusiasts to find out where’s best to go, what’s best to do, and how to save some money in the process!
Top 47 Best Travel Blogs to Follow
So, without further ado, here’s the best travel blogs to be following. We’ve actually listed these by Alexa rank, but since it’s not really a very accurate measure, we haven’t put the actual rank number below.
What I’m saying here is that all these blogs are worth following, and don’t take the order into account too much.
Founded by – Matthew Kepnes
Each month over 1,000,000 people use Matt’s advice to travel better, cheaper, and longer. Matt’s I’ve traveled to over 80 countries and territories, flown hundreds of thousands of miles, slept in all sorts of places, tried weird food (including fried maggots), made life long friends, learned multiple languages, and learned that you don’t need to be rich to travel.
Founded by – Matthew Karsten
Matt is a full-time adventure travel blogger & photographer who’s been exploring the world for over 5 years. Matt shares entertaining stories, useful travel tips, fun videos, amazing photography, and crazy adventures from his non-stop travels around the world.
The Planet D
Founded by – Dave & Deb
Dave & Deb live by the motto “Adventure is for Everyone” because we believe that you don’t have to be an uber-athlete, adrenaline junkie or a part of the ultra rich to be an adventurer! All you need is the desire to achieve something more.
Y Travel Blog
Founded by – Caz & Craig Makepeace
The people behind Y Travel Blog caught the travel bug 16 years ago, and have been travelling on-and-off ever since. It’s their absolute passion to help others follow the same bliss. And they’ve been changing people’s lives on the blog since 2010.
The Blonde Abroad
Founded by – Kiersten Rich
When I first caught the travel bug, I started following ‘The Blonde Abroad’. Kiersten has travelled to over 50 countries and has knocked some big adventures off her bucket-list. She hopes to inspire you to live a life you love and settle for nothing less than extraordinary.
The Savvy Backpacker
Founded by – James & Sue…
James & Sue think travelling through Europe is possible on any budget. That’s why they created The Savvy Backpacker – an independent resource to help give you the skills and knowledge to travel through Europe on a backpacker’s budget.
Founded by – Mark Wiens
Migrationology is where people who travel for food learn about authentic local food from around the world (or at least from the destinations Mark’s personally visited – He keeps the blog very personal).
Founded by – Kate McCulley
Kate’s been shipwrecked in Indonesia, taken a boob to the face in Istanbul. She’s hit on Jon Stewart in New York City, which got her subsequently mocked on The Daily Show, and she’s also been an extra in a really, really bad German movie. Kate’s travel blog is amazing!
Two Monkey’s Travel Group
Founded by – Kach Medina Umandap & Jonathan Howe
Two Monkey’s Travel Group quickly grew into a valuable source of inspiring travel stories, advice, itineraries and travel guides, with the aim of demonstrating how to live a sustainable life of travel, whilst living your own definition of success.
A Luxury Travel Blog
Founded by – Dr. Paul Johnson
This blog focuses on the finer aspects of travel and serves as a gateway for the discerning traveller, providing information on the most luxurious hotels and resorts, the finest restaurants and news from within the luxury travel industry, to name just a few.
Founded by – Liz Carlson
Liz got her first taste for travelling when she was 16 years old. 10 years and 40 something countries later, her wanderlust has grown, along with the list of countries she wants to visit. After living in Spain for the past few years and returning home for a stint, I then quit my job and moved to New Zealand.
Founded by – Scott Mackenzie
Scott created Travel Codex in 2012 to explain the complex loyalty schemes of the travel industry. He has a Ph.D. in neuroscience and travels over 150,000 miles every year. This is definitely one of the best travel blogs to be following!
Out of Town Blog
Founded by – Melo Villareal
Out of Town Blog is a travel, food and lifestyle online magazine. This travel blog started as a site where the publisher shares his personal travel experiences, photographs and travel tips to his friends, relatives and online readers.
Founded by – Johnny Jet
Johnny Jet is the place where travel experts share their tips and expertise to make you the expert. It’s also a place to have fun, explore, learn, and just kick back.
I Am Aileen
Founded by – Aileen Adalid
At 21, Aileen quit her corporate job in the Philippines to follow her dreams of travelling the world. Today, she is a digital nomad (entrepreneur & travel writer) living a sustainable travel lifestyle!
Founded by – João Leitão
This website was created to help and inspire you to travel around the world. João is a travel expert, photography enthusiast, blogger and World explorer. He love to make other people inspired and motivated to travel, discover new things and live great experiences.
The Poor Traveler
Founded by – Yoshke Dimen
When Yoshke & Vins started this blog, they were struggling to make ends meet. They were both at the very bottom of the corporate ladder, working an 8-5 job. They shared a dodgy apartment with four other friends, and every payday they would always watch their wages vanish into thin air.
Founded by – Melvin Böcher
Travel Dudes is a community of travellers whose aim is to assist fellow travellers on their adventures around the world and help enhance their travel experience. Follow Dudes or specific niches (keywords) to get quality travel content listed in your own profile timeline!
One Step 4Ward
Founded by – Johnny Ward
Johnny left Ireland in 2006 broke, taught English in Thailand and Korea, travelled A LOT, worked in Australia, started his blog, monetized, started more blogs, made $1m+ from his laptop, visiting every country in the world…
Points With A Crew
Founded by – Dan Miller
Dan started blogging because most of the travel blogs out there seemed to be about single people or others with no kids travelling in first class cabins and 5 star hotels. And while that is fun to read about, it’s not an accurate representation of how his family travel. Dan wanted to give another perspective.
Just One Way Ticket
Founded by – Sabrina…
Sabrina used to work as a screen designer, but quit her job to travel the world. After that, things were never the same, and off she went again! She’s now a full time travel blogger, and loves it!
Chasing The Donkey
Founded by – Sarah-Jane & Mate Begonja
If you’re looking for a blog that’s honest (sometimes too honest) and written by real people who love Croatia – you’re in the right place. Chasing The Donkey blogs about a variety of things, all Croatian.
Founded by – Sharon…
This site started as a place where Sharon detailed her Big Trip in 2005/6 to keep friends and family informed, and she hasn’t been able to stop travel blogging since.
Goats on the Road
Founded by – Nick & Dariece
Nick and Dariece are a nomadic couple who created this website after realizing that every day can be an adventure. They’ve found many ways to be free & travel forever and they share their secrets, stories & ideas on this blog!
Founded by – Marek…
On Indie Traveller, Marek hopes to encourage others to travel more and travel independently, by sharing real stories and honest advice. Be sure to check out his travel tips, read about some of his adventures, or use his destination guides.
Alex in Wonderland
Founded by – Alex…
Alex is a New York native who left her home to explore the world slowly and thoroughly. Alex is just a little obsessed with photography, scuba diving, and reading guidebooks to countries she has no immediate plans to visit.
Be My Travel Muse
Founded by – Kristen…
This is a travel blog for those who want an adventure, who like to feel challenged, who want to see things differently, who want to learn more, engage more, and experience more during their travels and vacations.
Founded by – Erica Ho
Map Happy is all about practical travelling – in other words, travelling like how the pros do it – because your trip should be about experiencing the destination. Travelling is inherently stressful, and like anything else, there is a good and bad way to deal with it.
Founded by – Christy Woodrow & Scott Calafiore
Ordinary Traveler’s focus is to provide trip ideas for people with limited vacation time and to introduce off-the-beaten-path destinations that you may not find on other travel blogs.
Solo Traveler Blog
Founded by – Janice & Tracey
Solo Traveler is a blog and more – it’s a community where people who share a passion for travelling alone exchange tips, suggestions and encouragement.
Founded by – Mervz
Pinoy Adventurista is a travel blog that aims to chronicle an adventure junkie’s backpacking and adventure trips, his mountaineering and foodie ventures and to provide an online source of travel guides, climbing tips, and more!
Travel With Bender
Founded by – Erin Bender
Erin started this blog with the help of her talented husband, Josh, after they left Australia in May 2012 to start a life of nomadic travel. They’ve been travelling since then, non-stop, around the world. They have visited over 60+ countries with their two children, Mia & Caius, since they were 2 and 3.
Keep Calm & Travel
Founded by – Clelia Mattana
This is what Clelia really wants from her blog: To convince you that you have the right to live your dreams, and to make you smile over her latest clumsy adventures!
Founded by – Clint Johnston
Triphackr is a popular adventure travel blog that aims to introduce and inspire readers to visit unique destinations around the world. Clint shares his stories through photography, videos, and in-depth guides along the way.
Never Ending Voyage
Founded by – Simon Fairbairn & Erin McNeaney
Simon & Erin left the UK on 1st March 2010 with just a carry-on sized backpack each and a one-way ticket to Rio. They spent the first year in South America and since then have visited parts of Central and North America, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Founded by – Amanda
Since her first big adventure abroad in 2005, Amanda has been to more than 45 countries on 6 continents, and is always on the lookout for her next big adventure.
Founded by – Esther & Jacob
Local Adventurer is a travel lifestyle blog that has been moving us to a new city each year. They picked one year because one year is long enough to find the hidden gems but also temporary enough to push us to go out and explore often.
Our Awesome Planet
Founded by – Anton Diaz
Our Awesome Planet (OAP for short) is a top lifestyle blog that documents the food and travel adventures of our family in real time. It showcases the best of food and travel destinations in the Philippines, ASEAN and the world.
Founded by – David Lee
Go Backpacking is your online guide to independent travel. Here you’ll find: Practical, budget-oriented travel advice for planning your own adventures. Original destination and how-to instructional stories. Beautiful photos from around the world to keep you inspired between trips.
Cheapest Destinations Blog
Founded by – Tim Leffel
Welcome to the award-winning Cheapest Destinations Blog, up since the dawn of the blogosphere and written by an expert on where and how to travel well for less money.
Travels of Adam
Founded by – Adam…
Travels of Adam is a personal way to share his travel tips. You’ll find gay travel stories, nightlife tips, photos and all-too-personal stories from my travel adventures around the world.
Founded by – Colleen Lanin
Travel Mamas provides travel tips, giveaways, packing lists, and stories for parents and caregivers of children of all ages. While the focus here is on travelling with kids, we also cover grown-up getaways like romantic vacations and girlfriend retreats, because sometimes parents need a break too!
Bucket List Journey
Founded by – Annette White
Annette is the author of the book Bucket List Adventures, owner of the restaurant Sugo Trattoria in Northern California, a serial adventurer and creator of this award winning travel blog, Bucket List Journey.
Twenty Something Travel
Founded by – Stephanie Yoder
Stephanie is a full-time freelance travel writer. For the past 5+ years she’s been semi-nomadic: roaming from continent to continent and writing about her adventures and philosophy on Twenty-Something Travel.
Founded by – Max Hartshorne
Go Nomad isn’t a travel agency, they don’t sell tours, book flights or reserve hotel rooms. Instead, they publish great travel writing… and they started their own cozy community cafe that brought the best people in their Pioneer Valley village together over coffee, good food, and conversation. Today, they’re the place where your next trip is born!
To Europe & Beyond
Founded by – Marie-Eve Vallieres
Travel is the greatest gift anyone can get. Marie truly believes in travel as an education in and out of itself, on a variety of topics: general knowledge, self-empowerment, organisational and social skills, acceptance and open-mindedness.
Will Fly For Food
Founded by – JB & Renée
JB & Renée live for travel and adventure. they’re neither budget nor luxury travellers. Instead, they consider themselves “middle of the road travellers” who look for the best balance between value and comfort. And of course, they LOVE food, so much so that it plays a huge role in their travel decisions.
There’s a tonne of amazing blogs on this list of the best travel blogs to follow! If you’re a travel fanatic, then save this article to your bookmarks, and bring it back up every time you want more awesome travel gossip!
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If your blog was included on this list of the best travel blogs, then congratulations! And thank you so much for all the hard work you’ve put in!
Do you have any other favorite travel blogs? Leave a comment below.
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The 30 Major Causes of Failure By Napoleon Hill
Have you ever read the book ‘Think & Grow Rich’?
If you’re a regular visitor to Wealthy Gorilla, then you definitely should have read the book by now!
Think & Grow Rich was written by Napoleon Hill and is considered to be one of the best self-development books of all time.
The book teaches the 13 principles of turning your desires into riches and contains hundreds of golden nuggets you can use to transform your life…
The 30 Major Causes of Failure
Within one of the chapters of Think & Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill lists the 30 major causes of failure. These are the reasons why 99% of people are failing in their lives.
The purpose of featuring and explaining these ‘major causes of failure’ within this article, is to show you why people fail, and how you can avoid doing the same thing in your own life.
Here are the 30 major causes of failure as described by Napoleon Hill:
1. Unfavourable Hereditary Background
The reason why this was put first on the list, was because Hill says it’s one of the toughest issues for people to overcome.
This basically means that someone is perhaps not naturally intelligent, and lack’s certain brainpower. They can take all the measures needed to improve their knowledge and become smarter, but they are still at a disadvantage.
2. Lack of a Well Defined Purpose in Life
If you don’t have a definitive goal that you’re setting out to achieve, a purpose that you’re trying to fill, you won’t become successful. You have nothing to hit, nothing to aim at. And therefore your direction is unidentified.
3. Lack of Ambition to Aim Above Mediocrity
There are many reasons why people might not have the ambition to aim above mediocrity. Whether it’s that they’re too lazy, too comfortable, too spoilt, or have no belief in “success”.
If you never have the ambition the aim higher, you never will aim higher than average. This means, you guessed it, you will never achieve more than average.
4. Insufficient Education
Another one of the major causes of failure is insufficient education. Don’t get this wrong. This does not solely mean a lack of formal education leading up to adulthood.
In many cases, and especially in various parts of the world, formal education is an issue. However, another big issue is that many individuals leave school and decide that they’ve done all the learning they needed to do.
When it comes to your career, specialized knowledge is a must, and it can only be learnt through experience on the job, and studying outside of working hours. Just turning up to work every day isn’t enough education.
5. Lack of Self-Discipline
Becoming successful isn’t easy. It takes a lot of discipline to consistently work hard at something until you finally start to achieve success from it.
There’s a lot of productive habits that need to be adopted in order to get the most out of your day, and therefore your week, month, and year.
6. Ill Health
Nobody can enjoy their success without good health, and in fact poor health can still hold you back from achieving it in the first place.
Here’s what causes ill health:
- Lack of exercise
- Over-eating junk foods
- Poor daily habits
- Over-indulgence in sex
7. Unfavourable Environmental Influences During Childhood
This essentially means that many people fail due to the environment they grew up in. Poor parenting, bad neighbourhoods, born into poor families etc.
It’s not a death sentence, but more people than not let these circumstances dictate their future. Something can be done, no matter what.
Everybody has a dream, but when it comes to taking action, most procrastinate. They wait until they’re ‘ready’, or until the ‘perfect time’.
Time goes by, but they’ve gone nowhere. Truth is, that they’ll never be a perfect time to start working on your dreams. You have to stop procrastinating and create a sense of urgency within your life.
9. Lack of Persistence
You won’t get anywhere without persistence. And persistence can be tough when you’re not seeing immediate results from all the hard work you’re putting in.
The truth is. Persistence is the key to everything. Every successful individual has had their own failures during their lifetime, but persistence meant that they got back up, and didn’t have to remain a failure.
10. Negative Personality
You know those people that always seem to complain about things, but never change them? How about the people who always tell you that they can’t do something?
Thinking negatively will only ever bring you a negative life. This is one of the biggest causes of failure, and changing your mindset from negative to positive should be a very high priority.
11. Lack of Controlled Sexual Urge
Most people will deny that this one affects them, but it does. The sexual stimulus has the power to influence people into action more than any other type of energy.
This means you’re likely to be spending a lot of your time chasing this, becoming distracted, and losing sight of your goals.
12. Uncontrolled Desire for ‘Something for Nothing’
Ever come across people who want something for nothing?
They believe that they can try and get what they want without helping anyone else get what they want. And that’s a big mistake.
You see, you only start to get the things you want in life when you’re able to help other people. Every business that succeeds, does so because it is helping enough people to be profitable.
13. Lack of a Well Defined Power of Decision
Napoleon talks about how good decision-makers are able to make quick decisions and then change them slowly, as opposed to the other way around. The ability to make quick decisions is incredibly important for success.
After all, if you’re unable to make decisions, then you’re not going to be able to build a business, that’s for sure. We make thousands of decisions every day, so this ability is key.
14. One or More of the Six Basic Fears
In Think & Grow Rich, Hill also describes the basic fears that all humans have in life. The basic fears are:
- Fear of poverty
- Fear of criticism
- Fear of ill health
- Fear of loss of love
- Fear of old age
- Fear of death
Possessing one of these six basic fears may also be one of the major causes of failure. It’s important to remember in this circumstance, that we all eventually die. Therefore we have nothing to lose, and the fear above should not keep us from living our dream life.
15. Wrong Selection of a Mate in Marriage
Your marriage is going to affect your career. That’s a given. If you’re in a marriage where your partner supports you, and you are both happy, then it’ll be beneficial to your career.
If however, you’re always arguing, then it’s going to affect your performance during work. Choose your life partner wisely.
In order to get far in life, you have to take risks. You’ll only get so far by playing it safe. Risks are often necessary, and they don’t always work out. But eventually, they do.
Those who are too cautious, and afraid to venture into the unknown, will often fail.
17. Wrong Selection of Associates in Business
Who you choose to do business with can often be another huge cause of failure. Choosing someone who lacks the right qualities can often end up in them making the wrong decisions, and ruining all your hard work in business.
Another choice you need to make wisely.
18. Superstition & Prejudice
Superstition is a big issue people face with their mindset. In fact, if you follow Tai Lopez, you’ll know that he likes to give away free cars every so often.
Many of the people who have won the free cars, did not believe they’d really won. They thought it was fake. So guess what? Tai gave the car to someone else.
19. Wrong Selection of a Vocation
So many people make this common error. Picking the wrong line of work. Unless it’s something you can’t go a day without thinking about, then you shouldn’t be doing it.
However, 95% of people hate waking up on Monday because they have to travel to jobs they do not like. They are only there to get that paycheck. Why?
I’ll never understand. Find something you love.
20. Lack of Concentration of Effort
Do you know how long the human attention span is?
It’s not very long at all. This means concentrating on something for a long period of time is ridiculously hard. And it’s even harder if you’re trying to concentrate on something you don’t like.
21. The Habit of Indiscriminate Spending
Do you often buy things you don’t really need?
How much money has that new T.V made you recently? $0? That’s strange…
Wasting money instead of investing it in yourself, is what separates the rich from the poor. Think about that the next time you want to buy a whole new wardrobe.
22. Lack of Enthusiasm
Enthusiasm is a key to achieving success with anything you do. Without enthusiasm or a real passion for your work, you will be unable to go the distance.
This is the same reason why people who chase money will never find it. When money is a driving force, instead of passion, you will give up on the activity long before you become successful at it.
Passion for something means you want to do it every single day, regardless of how much money you’re earning, or the number of setbacks you’re experiencing.
Being open-minded is something every good businessman should be. Open to new ideas, new ways of thinking, new types of people.
Intolerance of others, and their ideas, is going to hurt your reputation. Especially when the people you’re intolerant of are people you work with or do business with.
Intemperance, similar to intolerance in many ways, is another one of the major causes of failure. If you’re someone who has a tendency to get angry, you’re going to end up annoying a lot of people. You’re also going to end up ruining your productivity.
25. Inability to Cooperate With Others
Collaboration with others is inevitable. After all, every business is in the business of people. If you are unable to cooperate with other people, then you won’t get very far at all.
The only way to get what you want is to help other people get what they want; and that won’t happen for anybody who refuses to cooperate with others.
26. Possession of Power Not Acquired Through Self-Effort
People who have been given power, and not earned it themselves, are destined to fail.
They are destined to fail because in most cases they will not have adopted and mastered the essential habits and skills required to earn this power in the first place.
They also most likely lack the experience and knowledge required to use their power properly.
People who acquire power without this effort will not be able to control it, use it efficiently, nor should they be trusted with it.
27. Intentional Dishonesty
It doesn’t matter whether you’re lying to yourself or to other people. A lack of honesty will come back to haunt you in the end. People won’t want to work with you. They won’t trust you. You won’t be true to yourself.
The whole thing’s a house of cards.
28. Egotism & Vanity
Ego often gets in the way of people improving their knowledge and education. It also gets in the way of collaboration.
I’ve come across many people who are either too stubborn to understand why they’re wrong or collaborate with other people because they think they’re bigger than everyone else.
29. Guessing Instead of Thinking
If you’re guilty of this, you’re just asking for failure. Guessing instead of thinking? Come on.
There are a lot of people who start arguments because they have this type of mindset. They just assume, and then forget to actually do the research before forming their opinion.
Don’t be one of these people.
30. Lack of Capital
Lastly, lack of capital is 30th on the list of major causes of failure. Money is obviously an issue for many people who have dreams and ideas, in most cases to build the business they desire.
Often, if their business plan is good enough, they’ll be able to seek investors or be able to start smaller with lower costs.
Here’s a recap on the 30 major causes of failure from Think & Grow Rich:
- Unfavourable Hereditary Background
- Lack of a Well Defined Purpose in Life
- Lack of Ambition to Aim Above Mediocrity
- Insufficient Education
- Lack of Self-Discipline
- Ill Health
- Unfavourable Environmental Influences During Childhood
- Lack of Persistence
- Negative Personality
- Lack of Controlled Sexual Urge
- Uncontrolled Desire for ‘Something for Nothing’
- Lack of a Well Defined Power of Decision
- One or More of the Six Basic Fears
- Wrong Selection of a Mate in Marriage
- Wrong Selection of Associates in Business
- Superstition & Prejudice
- Wrong Selection of a Vocation
- Lack of Concentration of Effort
- The Habit of Indiscriminate Spending
- Lack of Enthusiasm
- Inability to Cooperate With Others
- Possession of Power Not Acquired Through Self-Effort
- Intentional Dishonesty
- Egotism & Vanity
- Guessing Instead of Thinking
- Lack of Capital
How many major causes of failure have you been guilty of? Leave a comment below.
Famous Success Lessons
10 Success Lessons From Lionel Messi
Want to hear some of Lionel Messi’s success lessons?
One of my favorite inspirations is Lionel Messi, the world famous professional football player.
Messi is considered one of the best football players of all time. He’s won a lot of awards in the past proving just how good he is, including number #1 football player in the world.
Lionel Messi’s Success Lessons
Like most extraordinary people, Lionel Messi’s remarkable success did not come from pure luck or accident. In fact, he worked extremely hard and trained almost every single day to become who he is today.
Here’s 10 of Lionel Messi‘s success lessons:
1. Fight For What You Believe In
If you have a dream, you have to work hard to achieve it. Success will not come easy. There’s a price to pay and you must be willing to pay it.
Most people are not successful because they are not willing to do what it takes to produce the extraordinary results.
The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is the little ‘extra’. Extra means you must do more; go the extra mile, put in more effort, wake up earlier and stay later to produce more for what you truly desire to achieve in life.
“You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.” – Lionel Messi
2. Success Takes Time
This is one of my favorite quotes from Messi. It reminds me that success is a long-term process and it is not something that you can achieve overnight. So stop looking for shortcuts or get-rich-quick schemes.
Rome was not built in a day and Steve Jobs did not start Apple in just one night. It is going to take a lot of effort and consistency to produce amazing results.
Therefore, commit to working hard on your dream and never give up. The journey may not be easy, but the reward will be well worth it.
“It took me 17 years and 114 days to become an overnight success.” – Lionel Messi
3. Just Do What You Love
Does this ring a bell to you? Great people are able to produce great results because they love what they do.
And when you love what you do, you will do great work. Michael Jordan would never have excelled in basketball if he didn’t have love for the sport. Warren Buffett made billions through investing because he has an intense passion for doing just that.
Jack Ma can’t stop himself from thinking and talking about his business because it is in his blood. He sleeps, drinks, talks, walks and dreams his business at all times.
You have to be the same if you want to create something amazing in life. Love what you do and live your life with passion.
“What I do is play soccer, which is what I like.” – Lionel Messi
4. Improvement is Always Possible
You have to focus on improvement every day. If you are in business, you need to improve your business knowledge and skills. If you are a writer, you need to improve your writing skills every day.
As Tony Robbins, one of the best life coaches worldwide has coined it, commit to CANI or Constant-And-Never-Ending-Improvement.
The only way to become better in what you do is to commit to improvement every day.
So do something that will make you better every day. Read a book to improve your knowledge, level up your skills, write more, seek help from a mentor, etc.
“The day you think there are no improvements to be made is a sad one for any player.” – Lionel Messis
5. Give Your Team the Credit they Deserve
No one can succeed alone in this world. In fact, there’s no such thing as a real ‘self-made’ millionaire or billionaire. You need your clients and customers to support you. You need your staff and your partners to help you.
Walt Disney had Roy Disney, and Steve Jobs had Steve Wozniak, to help build their business empires. What about you?
“I’m lucky to be part of a team who helps to make me look good, and they deserve as much of the credit for my success as I do for the hard work we have all put in on the training ground.” – Lionel Messi
6. Don’t Ever Chase the Money
Stop chasing the money. Money is just the score from living your dream. It is a byproduct from your achievements.
The real winning comes from your progress. As long as you are moving forward every day, you will eventually reach your goals.
And stop chasing for the next shiny object. You do not have to compare yourself with others. Just be yourself and do what you are supposed to do.
“Money is not a motivating factor. Money doesn’t thrill me or make me play better because there are benefits to being wealthy. I’m just happy with a ball at my feet. My motivation comes from playing the game I love. If I wasn’t paid to be a professional footballer I would willingly play for nothing.” – Lionel Messi
7. Don’t Forget What’s Most Important to You
Sometimes we over obsess with something, and we neglect other more important things in life. I have seen people who chase money and they start to completely ignore their family members.
Never let this happen to you. Yes, winning is important, but you cannot win all the time and winning is not the only thing you have in life.
Always be grateful for what you have and appreciate those who are around you.
“There are more important things in life than winning or losing a game.” – Lionel Messi
8. Remember That It’s Not All About You
Always focus on winning as a team, instead of it being a one man show. Elon Musk, the guy behind Tesla, said this, “I don’t create companies for the sake of creating companies, but to get things done.”
You are in a team, regardless of whether you are in business or in sports, so work as a team.
Put your main priority on your team’s objectives rather than your own personal mission. This is how your team can grow and move forward.
“When the year starts the objective is to win it all with the team, personal records are secondary.” – Lionel Messi
9. Always Give Everything You’ve Got
You have to trust yourself and believe in your dream. When you have doubts, you will never put in your 100%.
People who truly believe in their dreams are willing to do whatever it takes because they know that their dreams will come true somehow. And this makes them pour in their 100% and give it their best effort.
Are you putting in 100% and do you believe in yourself and your dreams?
“There’s no doubt. It’s certain that I will be 100 percent.” – Lionel Messi
10. Learn to Accept Your Failures
Nobody can win all the time. Sometimes you make more progress and learn more from losing and experiencing failure.
You don’t have to feel frustrated or upset when you fail. It is just part of the cycle. You cannot have the sunshine every day.
Sometimes it will rain, sometimes it will be cloudy and sometimes the sun will shine up high. Things will come and go. So appreciate what you have right now and enjoy every moment, whether you are winning or losing.
When you win, work hard and continue to move forward. When you lose, work even harder and learn from your mistakes.
“Sometimes you have to accept you can’t win all the time.” – Lionel Messi
Here’s a quick recap on Lionel Messi’s success lessons:
- Fight for what you believe in
- Success takes time
- Just do what you love
- Improvement is always possible
- Give your team the credit they deserve
- Don’t ever chase the money
- Don’t forget what’s most important to you
- Remember that it’s not all about you
- Always give everything you’ve got
- Learn to accept your failures
These are my favorite lessons from Lionel Messi that inspired me to go further in life.
How many of Lionel Messi’s success lessons do you resonate with? Leave a comment below.
Famous Success Lessons
5 Success Lessons from Kobe Bryant
Want to hear some of Kobe Bryant’s success lessons?
Kobe Bryant is a beast;
I remember reading a story where he was called up his trainer at 4am to come and help him practice, and 20 minutes later when his trainer arrived, Kobe was already drenched in sweat.
They trained for a few hours on court and in the weight room, until his trainer went back to get some practice before the team practice at 11am.
When he came back, Kobe was on the other side of court practicing jump shots. He’d only just finished his morning training, right before team practice. Kobe had been there for at least 7 hours before the team training had even begun.
Kobe Bryant’s Success Lessons
There are many success lessons we can learn from Kobe Bryant and his sickening work ethic. And I’m not just talking about within basketball, but within life itself. Here are 5 of Kobe Bryant’s success lessons.
1. Reach Out to People in Different Areas
Besides the obvious ritual of reaching out and connecting with people in the same industry as you, something we can learn from Kobe Bryant is reaching out to those in different areas.
It would be foolish to narrow down the people you listen and learn from to just those on the same career path as you. Whether you’re an athlete, entrepreneur etc.
Since Kobe’s NBA career may be coming to an end within the next couple of years, he’s been reaching out to the likes of Oprah Winfrey and Arianna Huffington. In order to find out more about what they do, why they do it and how they became successful in their fields.
Kobe Bryant’s continuing his learning process and planning his future after the NBA by reaching out to others for great inspiration. Which brings me onto my next point, after his official quotes on the subject.
“I cold call people and pick their brain about stuff. Some of the questions I ask seem really really simple and some of them seem stupid, quite honestly, for them. But if I don’t know, I don’t know. I have to ask. I’ll just do that and ask questions. I want to learn more about how they build their business and how they run their companies and how they see the world.” – Kobe Bryant
2. You Can Always Learn More
It doesn’t matter how good you become at your chosen skill or craft, there is always potential for more learning and development. Many successful people might let their achievements go to their head, and make them think there’s nothing they can improve upon.
This really isn’t true; there’s always room for people to improve and learn more, which is exactly why Kobe Bryant and many other people have continued to grow year by year. It’s all about being hungry to learn more, always.
“It’s really about wanting to learn and feeling like your cup is always empty, because there’s always more that you can fill it with. That’s really the important thing and just continuing to learn, learn, learn.” – Kobe Bryant
3. Respect People Close to You
Earlier on in Kobe’s career, he was very aggressive towards his team mates, and would often give them plenty of orders that they didn’t seem to happy about, because he knew the game and knew what had to be done.
However, as he progressed through his career and got older, he realized it was more about respecting his team mates and communicating better. Not only to produce better results, but also to have happy relationships with everyone else.
“Oh, God. I was barking orders left and right. And these grown men are looking at me, like “Who the hell are you?” But I had studied the game so much. As I got older, I started understanding it’s not just about the game. People carry emotions with them. They have lives off the court. That helped me communicate better.” – Kobe Bryant
4. Where There’s Challenge, There’s Opportunity
A challenge is your opportunity to show the world what you can do, and that you can overcome any obstacles in your way. Where there’s a challenge, there’s a chance to prove people wrong.
Not only that, but it means your constantly bettering yourself and giving yourself more opportunities in the future. When you overcome challenges you grow stronger as a person, and that can only be a good thing.
In Kobe’s case, the strongest example of this was when he came back from his Achilles tendon injury, proving everybody wrong. Kobe had the confidence and belief that he could come back from the injury, and he did just that.
The fact that the chances of coming back after such an injury were low, made the challenge even more exciting, said Kobe.
“I have moments and I have days where I doubt myself. But to me, that’s the exciting part of the challenge.That’s when I realize this is a great opportunity to come out and show everybody this is how you bounce back. This is how you respond to a challenge.” – Kobe Bryant
5. Break Your Problems Down Into Smaller Pieces
If you have an incredibly big problem that looks too large to be solved, chop it down into smaller pieces. This way, it allows you to focus on specific issues individually which gives you a better chance of fixing them.
As Kobe explains below, this is what he did back in 2003, after all the endorsements he had dropped him and told him the situation couldn’t be fixed.
And this problem also relates back to the “where there’s challenge, there’s opportunity” success lesson. This was a big challenge for Kobe to overcome, but he did it and proved people wrong.
“In 2003, I was going through the Colorado situation, and it was very tough. I had to ask myself what I wanted to accomplish. I want to keep my family together. Have to focus on that. I’m a good basketball player: I want more championships. Focus on that. Every endorsement I had, they dropped me. Every marketing person said, “You can’t be fixed.” So I start chopping the problem into smaller pieces, and I focus on them. What else are you going to do?” – Kobe Bryant
Here’s a quick recap of Kobe Bryant’s success lessons:
- Reach out to people in different areas
- You can always learn more
- Respect people that are close to you
- Where there’s challenge, there’s opportunity
- Break your problems down into smaller pieces
How many of Kobe Bryant’s success lessons do you agree with? Leave a comment below.
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Feb 11, 2018 at 4:17 am
Excellent list of people to aspire to some day!!!