Secrets of a Super Achiever

Ben Wann
8 min readApr 9, 2022


Can I be honest with you? I know how to achieve personal goals. Over the last 10 years, I’ve learned how to achieve every milestone that I’ve set my eyes on.

I’ve achieved my way to the life I want. Credential/education-wise, I’ve out-achieved 99% of folks in my field by earning my CMA (Certified Management Accountant), MBA (Master of Business Administration), CSCA (Certified in Strategy & Competitive Analysis), PMP (Project Management Professional), CPA (Certified Public Accountant).

When I take up new interests, I’ve become pretty good at setting and meeting those goals. I officially became an author last June with my first book published, and since then, I’ve written 10 books in total and have at least two more in development.

I’ll never be done. I will earn a doctorate and build a successful business in my lifetime.

I’m not lucky; I don’t have any special advantages; I’m not in Mensa.

But I have one advantage: I know how to set goals and achieve them. I don’t say that I’d like to, aspire to, wish I could, make something happen. I grit my teeth, lock on focus, and don’t let go until I’m finished.

I know, I know, you were probably wishing for some hack, trick, or secret tip that would help you shortcut the process. But there isn’t one.

Super achievement comes down to super ambition, and super ambitious people are never satisfied with the mundane and underachieving their potential.

One of the primary misconceptions about achievement is that you need to be born with a superhuman level of intellect. This is false. Sure, being intelligent helps, but that is such a minor factor in the overall puzzle.

To achieve, here’s what you actually need to do:

  1. Identify an attainable goal
  2. Identify tradeoffs
  3. Build-in accountability
  4. Make a plan
  5. Break that plan down into achievable milestones
  6. Build your habits around the plan
  7. When you study, focus intently and remove distractions

It’s really as easy as this. However, lots of people still fail to live up to…

Ben Wann

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