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Michael Yardney Podcast

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Listen and learn from Michael Yardney, Australia’s most trusted property commentator and a group of experts as they discuss Property Investment, Success, Money and Finance to help you multiply your wealth.
While Michael is best known as a property expert, he is also Australia’s leading authority in the psychology of success and wealth creation. You’ll enjoy the way he challenges traditional finance advice with innovative ideas on real estate investing, personal finance and wealth creation. 
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Aug 19, 2020

Do you ever secretly wish that you could achieve more with your time? 

You are not alone. Most people want more from their lives but simply don’t know where to start.

Science says that only 8 percent of people actually achieve their goals.

The good news is that learning to accomplish greatness in your life is totally possible if you learn to study other successful high achievers.

In today’s Build a Business, Not a Job podcast that I record each month with Mark Creedon, the founder of Business Accelerator Mastermind, we are going to discuss the things that high achievers do differently to become successful.

What high achievers do that others don’t

I've found high achievers, be they property investors, businesspeople or entrepreneurs do things in a certain way and think in a certain way.

Recently, I read a number of rules that I read on a blog by Abayomi Jegede. After looking at the lives of certain great men, Jegede was able to come up with 13 rules that he says high achievers never break.

He suggests that if you obey these rules, you will become a high achiever too.

So let's look at them...

  1. Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them; you have no idea what their journey is all about

Be yourself always and become the best version of yourself.

  1. Don’t act the way you are feeling - Instead, act the way you want to feel

High achievers get disappointed a lot because they fail many times, but since they are highly-optimistic people, they see an advantage in adversity and make the best of every situation.

  1. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up your present 

High achievers don’t go around beating themselves up for the mistakes they have made.

Forgiveness is the first step to progress and only those with a strong heart can forgive themselves and those who have hurt them.

  1. Don’t answer ads that promise get-rich-quick schemes because it won’t be you who gets rich quick

Believe me when I say this: apart from bonanzas, lottery, promos, or TV shows, there is nothing you can do in this world that gets you rich in a jiffy.

  1. You can’t do everything yourself, so get help along the way

Make meaningful relationships and help others get what they want. 

  1. Don’t envy what others have; you don’t know how they got it

The truth is that you don’t know how he got what he has or the price he had to pay in exchange for it.

Think about this before you envy somebody.

  1. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say  

High achievers don’t talk just because they have to say something; they talk because they have something to say. Learn to talk less and listen more.

  1. Be comfortable only outside of your comfort zone

Do something every day that scares you, and break your own records each day.

  1. If you are going to jump off a bridge, make sure you know how deep the water is

Many great men today are college dropouts, but they knew what they wanted and the understood the implications, so they went all-out.

So, before you quit your job or quit college, and before you jump off that bridge, ask yourself this very important question: “how deep is the water?”

  1. Change only what you can change and let go of the rest

You can’t change everything you want to change.

No matter how important it may be, sometimes it’s better to do your own part and leave the coming generation to do theirs.

  1. What others think of you is none of your business 

People will always talk about you, and if they don’t, then you are probably not worth much.

Ignore whatever anyone has to say about you and hold firm what you know and what you believe.

  1. Never test the depth of the river with both feet

Spread out your risks in life.

There is no way to succeed without taking risks, but it’s wiser and safer to take calculated risks.

  1. Honesty is a very expensive gift.

Do not expect it from cheap people

The sooner you learn this, the better.

Do not expect too much from people–only a few men have that virtue called integrity.


There is one secret that almost every successful person knows. 

This secret is very important because it’s the reason they are successful in the first place. 

This big secret can be summed up in the words of the mighty Aristotle: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Successful people have gone through the painful process of forming successful people’s habits, and you can become successful financially prosperous as well if you make up your mind to do the same. 

Links and Resources:

Why not join Metropole’s Business Accelerator Mastermind

Learn more about Mark Creedon – Business Coach to some of Australia’s leading entrepreneurs 

Some of our favourite quotes from the show:

“I think with social media, it’s so hard not to do that. Because unfortunately, you see their highlight reel, you don’t see all the bits on the cutting room floor.” – Michael Yardney

“I guess the lesson is to forgive yourself for the mistakes that you’ve made. They got you to where you are now, and now you’ve moved forward and can take advantage of the lessons you’ve learned.” –Michael Yardney

“If you’re not hanging around with the right people, you’d better get a new tribe of people around you.” – Michael Yardney


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