The Success Mindset – What It Takes to Become a Super Affiliate

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We all want to be successful at what we do, right?

But not all of us achieve success. In fact, most people live a life full of fear, shame, anxiety, paranoia and doubt.

And nobody gets anything done, because we're constantly distracted. Or distract ourselves.

But how can we change that?

How can be break free of our own thought prison and become the person we need to be to achieve success?

Over the years, I've read hundrets of books and spoken with many successful people, super-achievers and super affiliate marketers.

I'm a big fan of the 80/20 (pareto) principle, so let's cut the crap and get directly to the most important principles.

Mindset Elements and Behaviours of the Super Achievers

Goal Setting

  • set yearly, monthly and daily goals
  • smart: specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, time-bound
  • identify what it needs to achieve those goals, make a plan of the path
  • identify the 80/20 strategies, tasks and routines
  • what do you really care about? what truly fulfills you?
  • get crystal clear on what you want to achieve


  • single-minded, deep work
  • this is your secret weapon
  • laser-like focus on your goals
  • in a world full of constant distractions, this is your super power


  • get rid of as many distractions and bad habits / routines as possible
  • take a look at all areas of your life, offline and online
  • eliminate as many distractions as possible (social media, subscriptions, useless possessions, apps, email accounts, notifications, devices, but also distructive behaviours, bad habits, constantly negative people, bad environments, ...)
  • become highly productive by eliminating distractions

Daily Routine

  • simple, healthy and productive
  • routine leads to consistency
  • consistency is needed to be productive every day
  • reduce stress and leave room for healthy recreational activities
  • plan your recharging / recovery time as well
  • consistently move towards your goals, consistenly make progress towards your goals, every day
  • work on your goals every day
  • plan your day: sleep, alarm clock, hygiene, clothes, diet, exercise, most important goals, relaxation and recovery


  • develop the powerful habit of doing the uncomfortable but necessary
  • become comfortable being uncomfortable
  • every pain or uncomfortable feeling, physically and emotionally, will finally disappear
  • grow and evolve into the person who can achieve your goals with ease
  • you are not "your character", you are not "your person" - see the constant struggle, the constant battle / fight of the ego, see how it effects everyone around you, understand their suffering, see how you are effected by it
  • understand you're only playing a character / role here, and choose to play a successful one
  • implement these behaviours every day, let your person become that (successful) character

Expect Resistance

  • your mind is your enemy
  • how to control yourself vs. your ego controlling you
  • expect the fear, feel it, go through it / do the work anyway
  • you are not your fear, you are not your emotions
  • be ok with being uncomfortable, it's the right way to go
  • if it scares you, you're on track


  • again: your mind is your enemy
  • keep pushing, keep going
  • don't expect short-term results
  • start to enjoy the suck, that's why most are not successful
  • good things take time, it's worth it
  • forget everyone else, do YOUR thing


  • understand what it takes to achieve your goals
  • consumer vs producer mindset

Model what works

  • If you're part of a training/coaching program: Follow the script!
  • See how other people are successful in your area of focus, then model it

Take Action, Execute, Do The Work!

  • Now!


Success loves speed of implementation and ruthless execution.

Go and do the work. And then: Do the work every day from now. Consistently.

See you at the top!

Hope this is helpful and stay awesome,

Your Online Business Dude

PS: If you want to know what the most important, 80/20 income producing actions of super affiliates are, check out this article.

Tim Ikels

Hi - I'm Tim, the founder of Online Business Dude. I run a couple of websites, but here I openly share what works for me when it comes to starting and growing online businesses. I believe everyone of us should run their own online business so that we can live an independent and fulfilling life, making a living doing work we love. I specialize in content marketing, SEO and PPC - value first and performance focused. Stay awesome!

Click Here to Leave a Comment Below 18 comments
Nate MC - May 26, 2019

There is a lot of good advice here. People need to have laser-like focus on their goals if they want to achieve them. And eliminating distractions is important too. This is especially the case with social media and apps, as well as television. Too many people spend a few minutes here and there all day long, and it all adds up in the long run, if that makes sense?

    Tim Ikels - May 26, 2019

    100% agree, Nate. Thanks for your comment!

Faheem - May 26, 2019

Nice general tips towards becoming a truly productive person. Really, even though your article is summarized I feel like it contains the main essence of what being a productive person is all about.  “Either do or don’t. There is no maybe”, find your goal and do your utmost. Take a calculated risk. Not everyone will become big and get the jackpot, but if you do nothing you’re not going to have anything at all. Time is going to go on and before you know it you’re old and didn’t take advantage of the opportunity to be special when you still had it.

    Tim Ikels - May 27, 2019

    Well said, Faheem! 🙂 Thanks for your comment.

RoDarrick - May 27, 2019

Hi Tim, interesting post you have up here. Seriously we all need tips like this to keep on going in life in order to attain success. Discipline to fight back the urge to stop has been my greatest enemy. I know of what I could engage in that would fetch me cool cash yet, my body kept on resisting my diligence to work. Very nice advises you have given here. Thanks

    Tim Ikels - May 27, 2019

    Thanks a lot for your comment, Darrick!

    Mindset clearly is the distinguishing factor between success and failure at this discipline.

    Stay awesome,


Queen - May 27, 2019

Sometimes in life, when we encounter difficulties along our path to success, it then feels like everything is falling apart, as fear and frustration kicks in.

But like you said, one needs to stay really focused, having that mindset that whatever the goal is, and no matter what stands in the way, that success can be achieved.

And most importantly being consistent and trying to accomplish one goal at a time, can really help.

Thanks for reminding me again what I really need to focus on to become super affiliate.


    Tim Ikels - May 28, 2019

    Thank you so much for your comment, Queen! :))



Seth - May 27, 2019

Hi, that’s an insightful post packed with practical advice. Goals give direction in life. It is one thing to set a goal but quite another to stick to it and realize it. Distractions are many, (notorious example is social media) and they steal valuable time which should be used for productive activity. As you stated, self discipline is needed to achieve one’s goal. Yeah one must be prepared to leave his comfort zone so as to achieve his goal. I appreciate your post.

    Tim Ikels - May 28, 2019

    And I appreciate your comment, Seth! Thanks a lot!

    Stay awesome,

    Online Business Dude

Xaric - July 17, 2019

I’ve come to realize that one of the most important factors to success is being empathetic. If you cannot put yourself in the position of your ideal customer you will never be able to completely fulfill their needs and offer the right solutions to their problems.

Of course, I am talking about monetary success here.

    Tim Ikels - July 17, 2019

    Hey Xaric,

    thanks for your comment.

    You’re spot on, it’s all about value first!

AmDetermined - July 17, 2019

Yes your post is really helpful because it really emphasize about challenges every success achiever use to face and am grateful for helping by sharing solutions in your post because am one of them. I will continue to check on your post because you understand challenges of every success mindsets

    Tim Ikels - July 18, 2019

    Focus on your goals and stay persistent, then you’ll make it! 🙂

Charles Fisk - July 17, 2019

I agree with you that goal setting is vitally important. You can’t accomplish success and greatness apart from them. You lost  me in the discipline section on the playing the character part of your suggestions.  I believe discipline in achieving your goals hinges on hard work and determination.  But , overall the article was very good and food for thought. 

    Tim Ikels - July 18, 2019

    Thanks a lot for your comment and feedback, Charles!

    When it comes to discipline, I think we have to “play the role of the character that can easily accomplish our goals”. By that I mean that we have to become or in the beginning imitate the actions of the succesful person that we have to become in order to achieve our goals.

    Understanding The Execution Loop is critical.

Stella - July 17, 2019

Well said Tim. All this guide are pure way to achieve success in any ramifications. They are easier to say but very difficult to execute. There has been many times when I set a focus for myself on how my days should go and what I should achieve at the end of that day. For each time, I strive hard to achieve my plan, distraction will want to bump in. The moment I give distraction a chance, it will ruin my day and make my day unproductive. But  when I try hard to stand on my guidelines (planning), it will look like a discipline and I will not want to ruin myself by joking with discipline because I respect it alot, with that, I will be able to achieve a very productive day. This is a very important guide that can be of help for anyone that is so lucky to come across this review.


    Tim Ikels - July 18, 2019

    Thanks a lot, Stella!

    The moment we enter The Execution Loop, we’re already on the way to Results Island! 🙂


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