Let’s start with a simple question like a 6 year old child: What is the meaning of hunger ?
Hunger is the sensation that our bodies need food and that we have to eat. It also goes hand in hand with the feeling of emptiness like something is missing. So when our body needs energy it requires food. That is the definition on a physiological basis. Of course there is also a spiritual state of hunger. Whenever our soul is feeling down, searching for love, seeking towards God the Almighty but this is a different topic and I will write a seperate article on it.
So, now that we know what hunger actually is we can move on to the main issue: How to become hungry for success ?
Be hungry for success, hungry to make your mark, hungry to be seen and to be heard and to have an effect. And as you move up and become successful, make sure also to be hungry for helping others–
1. Goals & Vision board
In life you need your own goals. Goals that clearify your WHYs in Life ?! You need your reasons ! Why do I want to earn this or that ? You need to have a gallon full of fuel! Maybe it is pain, motivation, problems, believes, circumstances or passion! You need your own DREAMS. Dreams that you can convert into goals. Without Goals and Dreams we are just living day by day without an aim and without focus.
So first of all write down every dream you have. Even if your dreams are crazy and reminds you about a crazy professor who wants to change the world with his science and crazy ideas. Remember the movie back to the future ?
The next step is to define your dreams as clear as possible into goals.
Then put those goals into smaller ones, because thats how you will be able to work on them every day. Day by day you will come closer to your Dream-Goals !
After you made a game-plan it will be easy to visualize your upcoming success.
One way is to create a vision board. Be creative and write, draw or sing to create your personal board of dreams, goals & visualizations.
Your vision board is so important for you, because it will remind you every single day about your mission and how you want to achieve your goals to become successful. It will also provide you with power & motivation.
Whenever you are feeling overwhelmed by negativity and problems you can just take out your vision board and feel empowerd to move back on track and do what your way of success requires you to do.
Think about death.- One day we will die. People who believe in life after death and people who believe not know one thing for sure: We will take nothing with us when we die. The only things that will matter are our deeds, our behaviour toward mankind, our connection with God.
1. We will die
2. We don’t know when
3. Only our actions will matter
Everytime you want to feel hungry think about the day you die and ask yourself several questions: What did I accomplish? What is my success? How did I serve humanity? What is it that I will be rememberd for? What will I answer God when he asks me about my actions?
To Allah will you all return; then will He disclose to you what you used to do.
The holy Quran: [5:106]
3. Stay in good company
We all know the rule: You’re The Average Of The Five People You Spend The Most Time With (by Jim Rohn). Actually, it is not a new rule ! It had just spread out through all channels of media and social media as a quote that it became a rule for the mainstream.
Keeping yourself in good company is a sure way to improve yourself and getting hungry for success. If you stay with people who are driven by their dreams and goals than you will start to feel the need of hunger.
Get the taste of a bite so you need to earn the banquet!
The holy Quran already blessed humanity with his law of keeping good company 1400 years ago:
“O ye who believe! fear Allah and be with the truthful.’’ (The holy Quran chapter 9, verse 119)
1400 years ago the holy Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) provided us with the beauty of his teachings in a comparison as follows:
“The example of a good companion and a bad companion is like that of the seller of musk (a perfume), and the one who blows the blacksmith’s bellows. So as for the seller of musk then, either he will grant you some, or you buy some from him, or at least you enjoy a pleasant smell from him. As for the one who blows the blacksmith’s bellows then either he will burn your clothes or you will get an offensive smell from him.” (Narrated by: Musnad Ahmad ibn Hanbal)
Keep in mind to keep good company.
Finally, if you made it until this step all you need is action my friend.
Do everyday something for your GOAL-DREAMS so it becomes a habit for you to take action.
The actions you take have to put you in a state of Drive, where you forget to sleep, forget to eat as much as you are breathing uncosciously.
Your actions will become habits and will lead you to productivity. Habits forces us to do what we have to do even if we don’t feel so. Because if you take action you are starting to taking responsibilty for yourself and for your environment !
Motivation is just like the starting of a car engine, but habits will provide you the patience you need for the process to get where you want to be.
If you only take action again and again the time will come where you accomplish your goal. When this happens than you will move forward to achieve your next big goal and your next big success. Thats how and when hunger develops ! This is the time when you will get hungry again and again after filling your stomach with success !
Stay hungry, stay foolish.