4 Tips to Adapt The Right Mentality for Success

By Michael Chapman

October 12, 2016   •   Fact checked by Dumb Little Man


As a young freelancer who has had the opportunity to run my own business, I’ve had numerous experiences. Some of them were really good while others were extremely challenging. Without them, I wouldn’t have the right mentality for success as I do now.

If you are still struggling with your business or just want to know how you can be successful, here are a few essential tips you can use.

Challenging Conclusions

The first thing I had to do to get the right mentality for success was to alter how I looked at my problems. In the past, I didn’t push myself hard enough whenever I got stuck. Instead, I made myself believe that there was nothing I could do to change the situation.

However, I found out that challenging myself during such times was what made me a better person. For me to succeed, I needed to challenge my own conclusions about myself and my capabilities.

Frankly, the only person who can stop you is yourself.

See Also: 10 Habits of Successful People

Understanding Limitations


I used to torture myself by spending a good amount of time admiring more successful and wealthier people. Whenever I looked at them, the idea that I could never be like them got instilled in my head.

It took me some time before I realized that this was not the right mentality for success. If I want to succeed, I have to help myself.

The first thing I did was to accept my limitations. I am still growing as a person and as a professional. It’s totally fine if I’m still not within their level. The more important thing is that I am making progress.

Limiting Reactions

The most powerful skill I gained was controlling my reaction. Before, I tend to take a tit-for-tat approach whenever someone criticized my personality or my business.

If a client returned a work I did for revision, I’d look for faults in his original instructions. I lacked the capability to accept mistakes and admit that I messed up. I used to look for opportunities to criticize the other person.

This is a childish reaction and one that would get me, or anyone, nowhere. So I worked really hard to change it. Instead of finding a way to flip the situation, I learned to take all the criticisms and act accordingly.

I learned that when I’m calmer, I tend to find the solutions to my problems easier. I also realized that criticisms aren’t all bad for you. They actually give you the opportunity to grow and be a better person.

See Also: 10 Productivity Musts for Freelancers 

Listing Strengths


I started listing down my five best skills within my personal and professional life. Before long, I could actually look and say “These are my skills!”

By listing my strengths, I realized that I wasn’t the failure I made myself believe. I also learned that the level of improvement I needed was far smaller than the achievements I have already made.

The path to success is shorter than the road to failure. All it takes is the right mentality for success.


Michael Chapman

My name is Michael Chapman. Writer for PersonalityDevelopmentMastery.com, the site where people are encouraged to live actively and take charge of their lives.

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