That Feeling of "I Made It"

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Everybody has different goals and aspirations in life and therefore success means very different things to each person. For most people, to be "successful" in the broadest sense, a host of different things must be achieved. Perhaps success to you is having children who are grown up to be good people and pursuing philanthropic endeavors like starting a non-profit, and owning a company. Or perhaps success to you simply means owning that Lamborghini you always wanted. Success means different things to different people.


Now this is an exercise somebody had me do a while ago, and it was a million times tougher than I had originally thought. It goes like this...


Imagine yourself in the future. If you were to take a snapshot photo of yourself at a time where you can stand up tall and say "I made it" or "I did it", what would that snapshot photo look like? To the best of your ability, what would the photo of yourself as a "success" look like?

Maybe it's you standing outside at a park teaching your grandson how to fish with your family all smiling in the background. Maybe the best snapshot of success to you is standing outside that building with your name on it...a successful company you built from nothing and turned into a multi-million dollar enterprise in the background.


What does YOUR snapshot look like?


Hope this exercise helps people determine what is REALLY important in life
#feeling #i made it
  • Profile picture of the author jointaldc
    I thought twice before I actually wrote anything down. At first I thought, of course success, I see myself sitting at the top floor of my building, the empire I created. Though, I have a good amount of money, I have my house, my cars.

    Then I thought again, I want happiness. When I feel "I made it", I think it will be when I have the right mindset, my family is growing, love is in the right places, I've made smart choices, and am just satisfied where I am, and not chasing down dreams, but setting in in my own dream.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kenster
      Originally Posted by jointaldc View Post

      I thought twice before I actually wrote anything down. At first I thought, of course success, I see myself sitting at the top floor of my building, the empire I created. Though, I have a good amount of money, I have my house, my cars.

      Then I thought again, I want happiness. When I feel "I made it", I think it will be when I have the right mindset, my family is growing, love is in the right places, I've made smart choices, and am just satisfied where I am, and not chasing down dreams, but setting in in my own dream.

      I was wondering how many people would go the material success route versus the non-material success route and how many people's snapshot would be a hybrid of both.

      Like your response
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        • Profile picture of the author magnates
          I think it is important to see who you are becoming so you can step into it .

          What would that I made it moment be like ? How would you dress?

          Who would you be hanging out with?

          And just reliving that experience in your mind so much so that it naturally happens in the real world

          Or you could create a movie of your ideal life and take pictures of all those things you want to do and be and watch them a video of them everyday

          When you watch the video of the pictures of yourself doing what you only dreamed about it is really powerful

          Watch it everyday with the intention of creating that in that experience again real world
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        • Profile picture of the author andy rodick
          i have to learn more about this..

          Originally Posted by Cataclysm1987 View Post

          Short term: taking down allpennystocks.com for the top authority site in my keyword. EAT IT ALL PENNY STOCKS GUY!

          Mid term: owning 5-10 profitable authority sites each making 50-100 dollars a day

          Long term: My own products, services and lifestyle control.
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      • Profile picture of the author jointaldc
        Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

        I was wondering how many people would go the material success route versus the non-material success route and how many people's snapshot would be a hybrid of both.

        Like your response

        I just want to be happy at the core of my being. Material things vanish so fast, and new things come out everyday. Basically new things to "love" come out everyday.

        I just want to love and be loved, be happy with what I have, and have the one I'm with, happy with what she has. I just want to smile without it having to be an effort
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Ten
    beach, hawaii, traveling lots.. vacation lots... working little... because if you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Excellent technique Ken!

    The emotions you experience when building and *feeling* the picture are what bring success to you. You attract the ideas, feeling, people and move into corresponding actions to make it come true. Wonderful how it works But you must build the picture first, and doing so can be challenging since not many engage in mental aerobics on a consistent basis.

    Thanks for sharing

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    • Profile picture of the author tm2889
      Well, for me the material things have never been too much of a motivation. Not to say that material things are bad or not to be pursued its just their happiness inducing affects are short lived. Also, I believe that we never truly get to the "I finally made it" place because there is always something else that draws us to expand and grow.

      With that said, my ideal that I am currently shooting for is time freedom, location independence, and financial independence through Forex and niche sites online. I imagine not a feeling of relaxation and boredom but of adventure and discovering what life has to offer.

      In my ideal vision I live my life on my own terms and not to satisfy other peoples desires for me. Clarity of mind also comes into play.

      I guess to me its more a state of mind that I will achieve rather than something I can put on display for everyone else, even though that may be a part of it as well.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kenster
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Excellent technique Ken!

      The emotions you experience when building and *feeling* the picture are what bring success to you. You attract the ideas, feeling, people and move into corresponding actions to make it come true. Wonderful how it works But you must build the picture first, and doing so can be challenging since not many engage in mental aerobics on a consistent basis.

      Thanks for sharing

      Ryan

      Ryan, I think you should build a course on mental aerobics! I'd be your first customer!
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      • Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

        Ryan, I think you should build a course on mental aerobics! I'd be your first customer!
        That's right, Kenster! He should definitely cook up a course. I believe that it's very, very important! And Ryan, don't leave some details out. Give us the
        full blow, if you know what I mean. Thanks.
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    • Profile picture of the author ColdFire123
      Originally Posted by ryanbiddulph View Post

      Excellent technique Ken!

      The emotions you experience when building and *feeling* the picture are what bring success to you. You attract the ideas, feeling, people and move into corresponding actions to make it come true. Wonderful how it works But you must build the picture first, and doing so can be challenging since not many engage in mental aerobics on a consistent basis.

      Thanks for sharing

      Ryan
      That really great.! thanks also for sharing!!!
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  • Profile picture of the author Eduard Stinga
    For me, I think it's just a state of complete happiness, being surrounded by my loved ones, having a great financial status and being able to freely do the things I enjoy doing (travel, sports, etc)
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  • Profile picture of the author mankis
    My snapshot will be, having two or three kids, all healthy, me an my husband, holding hands, playing on a beach, free from stress and frustration.
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  • Profile picture of the author sparckyz
    My future snapshot would be the statue of liberty replaced with the oversized rocky statue - with his head cut off and mine put on there and everyone bowing down beneath it
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    • Profile picture of the author Kenster
      Originally Posted by sparckyz View Post

      My future snapshot would be the statue of liberty replaced with the oversized rocky statue - with his head cut off and mine put on there and everyone bowing down beneath it

      It's not something I take pride in or brag about...but on many many many times people come up to me randomly and tell me I look like Rocky.


      No offense to you, but have you seen Rocky lately. I wouldn't want that body attached to my head ever
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      • Profile picture of the author kjfuller1
        I just want to be able to get all my bills paid and help out family and friends.
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        • Originally Posted by kjfuller1 View Post

          I just want to be able to get all my bills paid and help out family and friends.

          I can relate to what you want, kjfuller1. I really do. Good luck!
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      • Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

        It's not something I take pride in or brag about...but on many many many times people come up to me randomly and tell me I look like Rocky.


        No offense to you, but have you seen Rocky lately. I wouldn't want that body attached to my head ever

        When I looked closely at your avatar, you definitely look like Rocky!! Do you still drink egg yolks in the morning? Lol! Peace, man!
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  • Profile picture of the author silverwaterfall
    Great exercise. My goal is to pay off debts and be able to travel. Looking forward to it!
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  • Profile picture of the author storge
    'I can be more loving and tolerance towards others despite their short comings', 'I give my best shot at my internet marketing business'-that's success to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author alexanderthegreat
    Well, I reached my first adsense goal a few weeks ago.
    I am currently making enough money to travel south east Asia with just my netbook and a backpack. I am leaving my home in Europe for 6 months in January, since I got into IM a few months ago this has always been my dream. Complete financial freedom, the ability to work anywhere I want.

    Now all I have to do is scale things up, keep on driving forward. The amount of SEO i have learnt while doing things has made me quite profficient, I hope to start my own SEO company next month.

    I hope at the end of my holiday, after countless hours of building micro niche websites on the shores of Cambodia, I can refresh my adsense account and see 100$ coming in every day
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    • Originally Posted by alexanderthegreat View Post

      Well, I reached my first adsense goal a few weeks ago.
      I am currently making enough money to travel south east Asia with just my netbook and a backpack. I am leaving my home in Europe for 6 months in January, since I got into IM a few months ago this has always been my dream. Complete financial freedom, the ability to work anywhere I want.

      Now all I have to do is scale things up, keep on driving forward. The amount of SEO i have learnt while doing things has made me quite profficient, I hope to start my own SEO company next month.

      I hope at the end of my holiday, after countless hours of building micro niche websites on the shores of Cambodia, I can refresh my adsense account and see 100$ coming in every day

      Wow! Thats great, alexanderthegreat! Good job! Continue on and drive forward, full-throttle! Yeah!
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  • Profile picture of the author maidmarion
    I have heard it say, that if your goal is to get out of debt, then you will always be in debt! But if your goal is to be financially independent, that works much better, focusing on wealth rather than the lack of it.

    But, when I have that 'made it feeling', will be when I have that dream home, money and time to travel and do the things I love to do, and to share with others. I already have peace in my life through meditation, but the material side is lacking as I have never really focused on it. So, just need to balance things off!
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  • Profile picture of the author ormes21
    Great exercise,

    my snapshot, was me dressed in a t-shirt, shorts and my backpack (with laptop) posing for a photo with some native people I meet in japan/china/germany/italy. Big smiles while I travel the world and earn a living online
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    • Profile picture of the author bailey.johnson01
      This can be a difficult question because we often look to others as examples.Success means different things to different people. The reality is, success means whatever you want it to mean for you. Don't compare yourself with others and what they think success means. Believe it or not, you are already successful in many different ways. You just haven't taken the time to realize it yet.
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    • Originally Posted by ormes21 View Post

      Great exercise,

      my snapshot, was me dressed in a t-shirt, shorts and my backpack (with laptop) posing for a photo with some native people I meet in japan/china/germany/italy. Big smiles while I travel the world and earn a living online

      A very noble and down-to-earth snapshot/goal, ormes21. Please hold on to that dream! I believe in you, my friend!
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  • Profile picture of the author PennyManTim
    I've made it... Lost it... made it again... lost it again... might be an idiot...or just a risk junkie...
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    • Profile picture of the author AEC
      I will feel I have made it when my main activity is not centered around making sure the financial needs of my family are met.... in other words the needs are met so well that I can focus on other things first.
      Right now the main focus is make sure the month gets all before the money.
      I guess that is material centered in a way but my goal is to get beyond that way of living. To get beyond that requires income coming from past efforts as apposed to working by the hour.
      The comments in this thread about stuff coming and going and not lasting are exactly right. That "expensive new toy" will only make you feel you have "made it" for a short time. A great life will keep on giving you that feeling if you remember where you started and are grateful.
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    • Profile picture of the author Kenster
      Originally Posted by PennyManTim View Post

      I've made it... Lost it... made it again... lost it again... might be an idiot...or just a risk junkie...

      That looks like the life cycle of most mega-rich entrepreneurs!!
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      • Profile picture of the author Ben_R
        Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

        That looks like the life cycle of most mega-rich entrepreneurs!!

        Hi kenster - I havent made it yet - ive made a few thousand pounds but its nit steady --

        so anwway i had a few questions about cpa - u seem to be a but of a guru {a good one} : )

        im setting up some sites with landing pages - do you use / suggest blogs or a few pgs of info ?
        how many sites do you recomend ? im aiming for 100 -
        how do you host 1000 sites are free places like blogger any good ?

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        • Profile picture of the author Ben Armstrong
          I see myself standing in a room made of solid gold, a huge pile of cocaine in front of me and 50 hookers... Just kidding.

          I see myself and my fiance (my wife by then) and our two children at our beach house at sunset, standing on a balcony overlooking a beautiful view of the ocean. My laptop is inside sitting on the couch waiting for me to quickly check on my auto pilot income before we sit down to a huge seafood dinner.
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      • Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

        That looks like the life cycle of most mega-rich entrepreneurs!!
        Is that so, Kenster? But don't they have savings or something to back them up?
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  • Profile picture of the author signity2
    i thought of the highest position in my lifetime and then i thought that i can achieve more so still not on any position and waiting for future when i will say " I have done it "
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  • Profile picture of the author feiyin85
    I imagined myself standing in front of my own private jet taking picture.Post on my facebook n blog to show them my success.Nothing is comparable to show those who can't conquer their internal resistance that I have made it.Good post.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeWayne411
    Originally Posted by Kenster View Post

    Everybody has different goals and aspirations in life and therefore success means very different things to each person. For most people, to be "successful" in the broadest sense, a host of different things must be achieved. Perhaps success to you is having children who are grown up to be good people and pursuing philanthropic endeavors like starting a non-profit, and owning a company. Or perhaps success to you simply means owning that Lamborghini you always wanted. Success means different things to different people.


    Now this is an exercise somebody had me do a while ago, and it was a million times tougher than I had originally thought. It goes like this...


    Imagine yourself in the future. If you were to take a snapshot photo of yourself at a time where you can stand up tall and say "I made it" or "I did it", what would that snapshot photo look like? To the best of your ability, what would the photo of yourself as a "success" look like?

    Maybe it's you standing outside at a park teaching your grandson how to fish with your family all smiling in the background. Maybe the best snapshot of success to you is standing outside that building with your name on it...a successful company you built from nothing and turned into a multi-million dollar enterprise in the background.


    What does YOUR snapshot look like?


    Hope this exercise helps people determine what is REALLY important in life
    My first thought was on a surf board riding a huge wave! I've never surfed in my life, so that is just part of my snapshot...the other part is being able to spend more "quality" time with friends and family, that would be great to me.
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  • Profile picture of the author alcymart
    My Snapshot, A closer relation with my 15 year old son and my online business. Not that it's not good, but he has always been so distant towards me all his life.

    So My Snapshot is My son taking over the online business I created, and him telling me, "Hey Pa... My first Sale!" with a smile worth more than any Money can buy!

    I'll stop there, I'm an emotional type...

    Take care,

    Bernard St-Pierre
    Marketing Consultant
    Copywriter/Teacher
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    • Originally Posted by alcymart View Post

      My Snapshot, A closer relation with my 15 year old son and my online business. Not that it's not good, but he has always been so distant towards me all his life.

      So My Snapshot is My son taking over the online business I created, and him telling me, "Hey Pa... My first Sale!" with a smile worth more than any Money can buy!

      I'll stop there, I'm an emotional type...

      Take care,

      Bernard St-Pierre
      Marketing Consultant
      Copywriter/Teacher


      Whoah, Bernard. I know and empathize with what you feel. Not that I have a son but your snapshot resonated with me.. deeply. Thanks a lot for sharing! It means a lot. Bless you my friend and keep smiling!
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  • Profile picture of the author rammonster
    Just don't wanna have anything to "worry" about..i guess i did "make it" not IM wise..but yea..i always wanted to be a dj.... Turntable's have always fascinated me..so i bought a pair with my online $$$ which i had earned by writing articles and started learning from another dj in the city ...i play regular gig's at private parties and i make some decent cash.... I have no financial/personal worries....so yea!
    Although "making it" in the IM world would mean a lot to me.... and i am gradually working towards it
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    • Originally Posted by rammonster View Post

      Just don't wanna have anything to "worry" about..i guess i did "make it" not IM wise..but yea..i always wanted to be a dj.... Turntable's have always fascinated me..so i bought a pair with my online $$$ which i had earned by writing articles and started learning from another dj in the city ...i play regular gig's at private parties and i make some decent cash.... I have no financial/personal worries....so yea!
      Although "making it" in the IM world would mean a lot to me.... and i am gradually working towards it
      Bless you my friend for being financially stable. Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author maidmarion
    Being in my beautiful house with white water view, family staying at my place, organizing trip overseas as I have all the money I need to do what I like and to help others.

    I am so happy at this moment, and I have the wisdom and time to help others achieve what I have, even if it is just because I won the lotto!

    It is the mindset, knowing I am abundant right now, that brings it to you!
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