Think about the people you know personally who are successful. How many of them do you look at and think “How the heck did he/she get there?”
Over the years, as I have helped various businesses grow and develop, I have been fortunate enough to meet and work with small businesses and entrepreneurs who started from scratch and now are successful. It’s inspiring to see them grow, and it has taught me a lot about success, failure, and everything in between. Additionally, like many entrepreneurs, I’ve read countless books on how to become successful, how to manifest dreams, and how to reach goals and achieve great things. Personally, I’ve tried many of their suggestions, picking and choosing the ones that seem to apply most to my own journey. But, it gets frustrating when you “do everything right” and are still struggling.
Lately, it seems like I have been meeting many people who are very envious of the success achieved by people they know. They want that success for themselves. They feel they know more, are more experienced, and/or are simply better equipped to attain the level of achievement of their “friend.” And, I must admit that I, too, have felt jealousy when someone who seems less deserving accomplishes so much more. But, those feelings no longer shadow me. Now, after years of watching, reading, and helping others, I understand how success generally works for the “average” person.
When you look around, you’ll find there are countless individuals who have created successful lives in spite of their mental/physical/educational/personality/or other challenges. What do they have that you and I don’t? Why are they successful when you’re not?
The REAL Secret To Success
Regardless of what some books may say, success isn’t necessarily about what you know, or even who you know. It isn’t how many years you have in your career. It isn’t how smart you are or how nice, organized, educated, or deserving. Success isn’t necessarily having the coolest product, or the best service (although, great service is more important now more than ever.) So, what is the key difference between you and that successful person you secretly begrudge? The difference is, they followed Nike’s advice and just did it.
They didn’t sit back and worry about what you were doing. They didn’t let their weaknesses stop them. They didn’t make excuses for why they hadn’t achieved their goals. (Top excuses I hear or have used myself: No time, no money, not educated enough, not experienced enough, and too much competition out there.) They just took life by the horns and went after their dream. Plain and simple.
Some of these successful people did no planning for their success, they simply went after it. They didn’t worry about whether or not they could achieve their goals, and they may not have even realized they could fail. After all, ignorance is bliss when it comes to success and failure – if you don’t think and worry about failure, you are more likely to do what needs to be done.
So, why aren’t you as successful as you desire?
Because you haven’t done all you can to achieve what you want. (read that again, please)
What’s stopping you now? What excuse are you coming up with in your head? Are you saying, “You’re wrong, I’ve done everything and I’m still not successful?” Well, ok. If that’s what you want to tell yourself. But, I know from my own personal experience that’s a copout.
Success For You
I’m not here to make you feel bad, in fact, my goal is the opposite. Whether I know you or not, I can guarantee you have what you need to create a successful life for yourself. Seriously. You can do it.
If it’s what you want, you must go after it. No one can do it for you.
So, stop feeling jealous, stop making excuses, and START putting energy into your own ambitions and success will be yours.