23 Rules To Follow To Become Successful (Newly Updated) by Michael “MJ The Terrible” Johnson

I am so glad I didn’t listen to all of the negative people in my life who said following my dreams was a stupid idea. Most of the time when I would try to share my hopes and dreams with someone, I would hear things like- “Michael’s just visiting Fantasy Land again”. I am happy to report that “Fantasy Land” is a great place to live, and it is way better than I could have ever imaged it to be!  

Masters of Money took me 7 years, going through several different company name changes, a divorce, all of the real life “MJ The Terrible” events and issues, and more, to finally get the company off the ground. In February Masters of Money celebrated its 10 year anniversary!

The haters in my life had all of the reasons in the world why my business idea to share the making and saving money strategies I have learned over the years from the millionaires and billionaires that I have been around, with people who are looking for ways to make and save money, called “Masters of Money”, wouldn’t work.

Dreams can and do come true, but they don’t just happen. You are going to have to earn it, but it is so incredibly worth it!  

Here are Michael “MJ The Terrible” Johnson’s 23 Rules To Follow To Become Successful (Newly Updated):

1. Limit mistakes.

Instead of saying or doing the wrong thing, think first and then execute.

When you do the right things consistently, over a long enough period of time, you are positioning yourself to be in the right place, at the right time, when opportunity strikes.

2. Make success a must.

If you must do something, then you will think of a way to do it, no matter what.

You know when things happen? When you have worked for something for so long and you want it so badly, and you just won’t take no for an answer. That’s when it finally happens. That’s when game-changing things happen  

3. Refuse to be outworked.

Go early and stay late when you need to.

Don’t wish for it. Work for it. Don’t hope for it. Hustle for it. Don’t complain about it. Fix it. Don’t stop until you get what you want……End of story!

4. Use proven strategies for success.

Proven strategies come with proven odds for success.

One of the fastest and most effective ways to succeed in life and in business, is to duplicate, not innovate.

If there is a proven/high odds for success strategy that you can follow to get started or improve your results, to achieve success quicker and easier then what you are currently doing, do it!

Proven formulas are called proven for a reason- They work! One of my favorite sayings is- “You can either be right or you can get paid.” Being right can be very expensive. Getting paid is very enjoyable.

By working smarter, not harder, you are more likely to achieve the success you want, and you are also more likely to achieve the success you want faster.

5. Learn from the people that are at where you want to be at in the future.

Know what you know. Know what you don’t know. And always be open to learning new things.  

6. Master the basics.

Many of life’s and businesses most important moments come down to the basic fundamentals. By mastering the fundamentals, you are building a solid foundation for all future growth.

7. Improve your skill level whenever possible.

Practice CANEI: Constant and never ending improvement

The next time someone asks you about something that you don’t know about, or you are faced with a situation where there is something that you don’t know about, make it your goal to find out about it, so that the next time someone asks you about it, or the next time you are faced with a situation about it, you do know about it, and you are prepared.  

8. Learn from your mistakes.

We all make mistakes, but if we can learn from our mistakes, then we are turning negatives into positives.

That is how we learn things. We learn by guessing, trying new things, asking questions, and things like that. Never stop doing those things, and you’ll never stop learning.

9. Focus.

Having a single-minded focus. Focusing on what you want day in and day out, keeps you moving in the direction of what you want. Anything worth doing, is worth focusing the majority of your time on.

When you throw yourself completely into what you are doing, you are much more likely to experience a positive outcome.

10. Communicate effectively.

Try to keep all of your communication simple and to the point. Clear and concise communication is more effective communication.

Simple clear straightforward communication is the most effective way to communicate.

11. Be open to change.

Change is coming whether we like it or not, so get used to it, and see the possibilities, versus resisting it, and only seeing the negatives.

To fulfill your true potential, you have to leave your comfort zone. The trade off to leaving your comfort zone, is you have to deal with more “stuff”, than if you stayed inside of your comfort zone.

12. Always be professional.

Looking and acting in a professional manner, builds trust, respect credibility, and greatly improves your odds of success.

13. Read every agreement, contract and document, before you sign it.

Every agreement, contract and document are important. Read every word before you sign anything. If you don’t fully understand the words, terms, phrases and language of an agreement, contract or document, DO NOT SIGN IT UNTIL YOU DO! You cannot un-sign an agreement, contract or document, and signing the wrong agreement, contract or document can cause all sorts of problems, up to and including all of the time, effort, money, resources, and work that you have spent on a project, business, idea, etc.

14. Don’t be ultra-sensitive.

No one likes having to walk around on eggshells, as they say. You may not agree with what someone says, and you may not like what someone says, but as long as the person isn’t threatening you, or being inappropriately out of line, let it go. Because you don’t want to be the person everyone thinks is a problem. Nobody likes problems.

15. Don’t criticize others.

Criticizing other people makes you look petty and intolerant.

The difference between constructive criticism and complaining, is constructive criticism is actually helpful.

16. Drop the labels.

Get past black, white, republican, democrat, etc. Being able to work with people of varying backgrounds, is major strength.

Treat people the way that you would like to be treated, regardless of their age, race, political beliefs, or socioeconomic background.

17. Don’t run your mouth.

It doesn’t pay to run your mouth. You can only get hurt by what you say if you put yourself out there as #1 best of all time at whatever. If you say you are the best and don’t prove it, you will lose credibility instantly!

As they say- “Loose lips sink ships.” Don’t sink your ship and/or your teams/companies ship, by running your mouth about something that you shouldn’t be talking about/saying.

18. Don’t talk behind people’s backs.

This can only lead to trouble. I don’t care if it even feels right to talk about someone behind there back.

19. Think before you speak.

A lot of people don’t listen while the other person is talking. They are waiting for the other person to finish what they are saying, so that they can talk again, or even worse, they interrupt the other person, so that they can talk again.

You have 2 ears and 1 mouth. Use them accordingly. Don’t blurt words out. Think it. Process it. Then speak it. This 3-step process will save you from putting your foot in your mouth.

20. Don’t carry around past negative thoughts and experiences.

Take the lessons from your past experiences, and leave the rest where it belongs, in the past.

Enjoy the good times. Push through the bad/hard times. Take the memories with you from the good times and take the lessons with you from the bad/hard times.  

21. Mindset matters!

We are all human beings. We are not robots. We all experience ups and downs from time to time. That said, if you stay focused on positive things, you will find more positive things in your life.

When you need to accomplish something, remember the name “Will Resourceful”. Have the “Will” to see it through and be “Resourceful” enough to get the job done.  

22. Judge people by their actions.

Don’t judge people by what other people say about them.

Anyone can say anything about anybody, but actions speak louder than words, especially the words of haters!

23. Don’t fight a battle you can’t win/isn’t worth winning.

Fighting losing battles/battles you can’t win, even if you can/actually do win, is a waste of your time, energy and resources. Save your time, energy and resources for more important things.

No matter what people tell you; you can make a comeback from anything. I am living proof of that. I am a just a regular guy, who almost died, had to learn how to walk and talk again after the subdural hematoma ruptured in my head, and during that same time, I had to deal with the fact that many of the people in my life that I thought cared about me, abandoned me, I had to battle my wife(now ex-wife), that was trying to take my kid away from me, the company I worked for was under investigation for securities violations, and more. It sucked, but I knew the only choices I had were to let everything bury me, or make a comeback, get my life back, and most importantly, be the Dad that my son deserved to have.

If you want something, make the decision to do it. Then go make it happen!

Yours in success,

Michael “MJ The Terrible” Johnson
Founder & Owner of Masters of Money, LLC.

P.S. BELIEVE IN YOURSELF!!!

P.P.S. Game Changer by Michael “MJ The Terrible” Johnson – https://www.mastersofmoney.com/gamechanger/

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