6 Powerful Words That Entirely Changed My Outlook on Success

by | BiggerPockets.com

“We become what we think about.”

This is a simple yet highly inspirational quote from The Strangest Secret by Earl Nightingale. From what is classified as one of the most important motivational recordings of all time, this insightful saying certainly carries a deep message.

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Your Mindset Creates Your Reality

The main idea of this quote is that what you set your mind on will be what you will achieve in real life. Hence, if a person focuses solely on success, this is exactly what they will attract, and if someone always looks towards the negative side of things, the opposite happens.

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This is simply because what our minds concentrate on will often reflect into our actions. So if you consistently think about failing, naturally your first instinct won’t be on how to succeed, but in thinking that it is normal to fail. Confucius once said, “The man who says he can and the man who says he cannot are both correct.”

Smart guy.


Envision Your Goals

This is exactly the reason why it is so crucial to carry your goals around with you at all times. From literally taping them onto the visor of your car to making a beautifully aesthetic rendition for your wall to keeping them in your wallet (which is my favorite to do) or even just adding it as a simple reminder on your device, it is a good idea to keep your goals in mind on a daily basis.

Make sure you know what you want to achieve and ensure that your mindset is always pointing toward the road of success. So even if you are faced with a tough day ahead, by always keeping your goals firmly ingrained in your mind, you will be able to overcome any obstacle in your path and find even the slightest ray of sunlight in an otherwise seemingly dark day.

Counteract Negativity

Don’t ever feel down if you aren’t in the best of places. There is no doubt that everyone faces some difficult situations at times, and everyone is bound to have negative thoughts.


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However, keep in mind the first point covered in this article and counteract these tendencies by ensuring that you maintain a positive mindset. Even if this sounds difficult to achieve, still try to just take some time off and do what you love doing best. Whether it is by getting into a dreamy trance listening to inspirational podcasts or cozying up by the fireplace reading your favorite book, don’t ever forget to take time to look after yourself. After all, the most important factor to success is you. Without you, there is no positive mindset, and with no positive mindset, there is no success.

Now Go And Be Great, because you deserve it!

About Author

Sterling White

Sterling White is an investor and business owner on a mission to make the world a better place through principled and efficient real estate investment.

Even before co-founding Holdfolio, Sterling and his partner Jacob Blackett had been involved with the purchasing and selling of over 100 SFRs. Today, Holdfolio is a prominent platform for investing in income producing multifamily apartments. The firm has been featured in national publications such as US News and was ranked as one of the best real estate crowdfunding sites in 2018 by Fit Small Business.

The success of Holdfolio’s technology gave birth to SyndicationPro, a fast growing all in one software solution empowering investors to efficiently and easily raise capital online.


  1. Brad Lohnes

    Thanks for that, Sterling. This is also one of my favourite quotes, which I only discovered in the last year or so. I am seeing it fully in my life, too. Over the past 3 years I have taken on personal finance as my number one “hobby”, and this has lead to a complete transformation. Not only of our personal finances, but also of my outlook on life and success, and what I am capable of. My immersion and willingness to give up my free time to study this area and share it with those who are interested has lead to a point where co-workers and friends already recognize that I have valuable knowledge to share. This in turn is leading to more open and fruitful ideas around new ways to increase income and I can see a future in which I am helping others with this stuff for a living. At that point, I will have actually become what I am thinking about. 🙂

  2. Counteract negativity. I love this point. You have the power to recognize negative feelings and thoughts, only to take control. These situations are unavoidable. They happen. You can attack them head-on and take the necessary steps for properly dealing with them.

  3. Douglas Skipworth

    Sterling, I always enjoy your perspective. I think it’s so right on the money!

    I saw this quote the other day from Grant Cardone (the 10x guy). “My biggest mistake in life was that I thought too small for too long.” Like a lot of other people, I feel the same way.

    Your article is a great reminder for us to nourish a bigger, more positive and productive mindset. Thanks so much.

      • Douglas Skipworth

        One thing I’ve been thinking about lately is, “what do I want to have accomplished personally, professionally, physically, spiritually, financially, etc. if I live to be 100?”. It’s been a great exercise and really has me thinking more broadly and more deeply than ever before. At 42, having reached a lot of my original goals, now I feel like I’m just getting started and that the best is yet to come!

        • Sterling White

          I am so excited to hear your perspective. I very much agree with this question “what do I want to have accomplished personally, professionally, physically, spiritually, financially, etc. if I live to be 100?” makes you really think long and hard about things. Thank you so much for this piece of insight

  4. Caleb Friberg

    Awesome article! I read a book years ago (don’t recall the name or author) but he said that “Thoughts lead to feelings, feelings lead to action, action leads to results”this has stuck with me all this time. If you obsess, think about and visualize your goals on a daily basis, your far more likely to push yourself and achieve it is that you want. Stay positive and don’t let anyone or anything stand in your way. Thanks for sharing and keep it up! Caleb

  5. Naeem Kapasi

    Well said @sterling! I really enjoyed the uplifting spirit in this post. I love this kind of thinking as it goes hand in hand with personal finance and success. I also like this quote “Your thoughts can either empower you or bring you down. What thoughts are you choosing?”.

    Ohh btw, I just wanted to point out that this part of the paragraph is a little confusing, the way it is written. I had to re-read it a few times to get it. If it happened to me, I am sure it happened to others 😛

    “if someone always looks towards the negative side of things, the opposite happens.”

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