Everyone loves a good underdog story; we see it in sports all the time. The team no one has any faith in, every odds are against them. They manage to pull off the impossible. Now, this is something people cheer, remember, and talk about for years to come.

While I’m a strictly a cat person, I think the word “underdog” best describes me as I’m not a native English speaker which is challenging when your family doesn’t get this “internet” thing.

However, I knew if I had to become successful, I need to change the way I think which helped me built Omnicore.

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Max Planck

1. Don’t Look Back; You’re Not Going That Way

There are people who stay in their past, successful people, on the other hand maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them.

Many of us live our lives stuck somewhere “back when,” fixated on days — or people, or circumstances — gone by. The past is nothing more than a story we tell ourselves.

I used to do the same, think of times when I was stronger than how I am, used to run (I can hardly climb stairs now). But as I’ve grown older, learned the realities of life, and observed people around me with regret.

The Only way to succeed is to look ahead and not back because you are not going that way. Start by doing the following:

  1. Set up your vision board, this will help you think about your goals and what you want to achieve.
  2. Drop the negative people from your life; there should be no space for leeches in your life.
  3. Invest in yourself, train your mind, learn new skills and set out to do bigger and better things.

2. Consistency is the Key, Show Up Every day

After Cal Ripken Jr. had shown up to work for the 2,131st consecutive day — now over 21 years ago — everyone seemed to pause, put down what they were doing and applaud what the man had just accomplished. He had broken Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig’s decades-old consecutive-games played record, and in doing so, struck a chord with millions of people.

On the surface, all Ripken really did was keep showing up to work over and over again for 16 years. The truth is, his value and impact during that time were far greater than just coming to work. He taught us all a valuable lesson: we’ll increase our likelihood of success and happiness by executing each day and performing the tasks in front of us.

“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” — Tony Robbins

If you want to achieve something in life, work for it everyday. Not everyday will be same but as John Wooden said, Perform at your best when your best is required. Your best is required each day.

3. We Only have One Life

This might not be true if you are a cat but for the rest of us, this is it. We have one life and we have to make the most of it.

Either you spend it bitching and complaining or just make the most of what you have and run with it. We have one life, and I believe that you should try everything that life throws at you.

Tupac Shakur is one of the most famous musicians in the world. While he died at the age of 25 he produced more work than any other artist has ever produced.

In a period of five years from 1992–1996 he created a dozen albums, eight feature films, countless commercials, music videos and even two books of poetry.

And this was before the Internet.

He believed in producing work in quantity as he believed, “The more ideas you come up with, the more work you produce, the more successes you’ll have.”

You only have one life so turn up the volume and produce more work.

Einstein: Transformed physics (and basically our understanding of everything) with General and Special Relativity but nearly all of his other 240 publications had minimal impact on science.

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About Salman

Salman Aslam is the CEO of Omnicore where helps healthcare professionals and organizations increase revenue through digital marketing.

His work is featured in Forbes, Entrepreneur, Inc Magazine, Huffington Post, Adweek, USA Today, SalesForce, The Next Web, and Business Insider.

Originally published at medium.com


  • Salman Aslam

    Managing Director


    Salman Aslam is an Entrepreneur and Digital marketing consultant. He currently serves as Managing Director of Omnicore, a digital marketing agency specializing in helping business scale using Digital PR, Content, and SEO. He has helped clients from the healthcare, SaaS, e-commerce, and professional business industry. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge and experience through story-telling and data-driven content. besides marketing, he is passionate about UX & design and shares his thoughts on Business.com, Business2Community, and more.