In my last blog post I shared 3 of my personal breakthrough moments that shaped who I am today and helped me to find my unique path in life.

But those were still just the breakthroughs of one person.

What I wanted is to see if there’s a pattern of defining moments and learnings people made in their lifetime, that had the power to take them to the next level.

If we understand which breakthroughs have the biggest impact to create a successful life, maybe we can accelerate reaching them.

So I thought: Why not ask people I know are the most successful people in their field about their breakthroughs in life?

So I did a little case-study and talked to people who are thought leaders in their field. May it be personal development, online marketing or even relationship experts.

Here are 4 of the results to asking:

What was your critical personal breakthrough on your path to where you are today?

1. “Everything is Learnable”

Brian Tracy, who had also a decisive impact on my life, is extraordinarily successful in personal and business development for decades now. Brian Tracy has consulted for more than 1,000 companies and addressed more than 5,000,000 people in 5,000 talks and seminars. He is the top selling author of over 45 books and has written and produced more than 300 audio and video learning programs.

He told me:

Brian Tracy“Myrko,

It was when I learned that all business, personal and success skills are learnable through hard work and diligent application, over and over.

Good luck!
Brian”

Learning is the key to changing yourself. You can basically learn everything you want. And you can also relearn and change what you don’t want (for instance bad habits, limiting beliefs).

The message is this: Dream about what you want to become, believe that it’s possible… and then just learn the skills that will get you there.

2. “Start Now, Even If You Don’t Know”

Chris Brogan, who successfully blends business strategy with powerful personal development, is a sought-after keynote speaker who has addressed crowds of thousands and has consulted with companies like Disney, Microsoft, Coke, Google. He is the New York Times Bestselling author of seven books.

He said to me:

Chris Brogan“Hello Myrko,

I worked. I simply accepted that I didn’t know what I was doing, but just started in somewhere and built from there.

If you’re not afraid of not knowing, you can accomplish a lot more than other people.

That plus being helpful are the only formula I’ve ever needed.

–Chris”

Too many are afraid of feeling incompetent and exploring the unknown. But what do you really have to lose?

The key for you is to get started and take one baby step forward. You’ll be amazed by what you can accomplish by diving into what you don’t know (yet) and consistently going small steps forward.

3. “Seize Your Opportunities”

Neil Strauss, is a multiple best selling author of books as writes also for Rolling Stone and The New York Times. He is famously known as the pick-up artist ‘Style’. After going undercover in a secret society of pickup artists, he finally started leaving the house, then wrote a book about it called The Game that became a New York Times bestseller.

Neil said:

Neil 'Style' Strauss“Myrko,

my biggest breakthrough came when I realized that I should just say “yes” to all opportunities.

It has made all the difference.”

It’s not so often that real opportunities present themselves, but if they do, you got to seize them.

When you’re facing a crossroads in your life, say “Yes!” and choose walking down the path that lets you grow the most.

4. “I Am Responsible”

Steve Pavlina, is one of the first and most recognized personal development bloggers, who has written the powerful book Personal Development for Smart People.

His response:

Steve Pavlina“Hi Myrko…

I realized, finally, that I was the one who put myself in that cell — that no one else had done it to me. Not the security guard who caught me. Not the officer who arrested me. Not society at large. I wasn’t even a victim of my own bad habits. I did it to myself.

And that sense of responsibility finally came crashing down on me. No one was coming to save me. If anything in my life was going to change, the impetus for that change would have to come from me.”

You’re the creator of your world. But to use this power you have to claim it.

By accepting full responsibility for yourself, you’ll be empowered and take control of your life.

What’s Your Breakthrough?

These were the 4 most critical breakthrough moments successful people experienced in their lifetime.

  1. I Am Responsible
  2. Everything Is Learnable
  3. Seize Your Opportunities
  4. Start Now, Even If You Don’t Know

So I’m very curious. What about your defining moments?

Please share what shaped you in the comments.

Or,

let me know about your current goals. Where would you like to break through to?