Great men and women of all times like Abraham Lincoln, Opera Winfrey , Nelson Mandela, etc had one thing in common. They never gave up on their dreams. This leads me to introduce another success strategy
Don’t give up
If you find something you love to do, do it with passion and zeal. Don’t allow anyone to talk you out of it. You may face opposition and criticism from your friends, loved ones or even family members but don’t allow these to get to you. They might say, ‘it’s impossible, you are not good enough for this’. Don’t allow these voices to shut off the inner voice inside you. God who has placed these dreams and passion in your heart has already equipped you with everything you need to fulfill it and actualise your greatest potentials.
Everything may not go so smoothly. There will be setbacks, bumps and shortcomings on the road to success. Your partners may betray you, they might vote you out and replace you with someone else, just like they did to Steve Jobs, the founder of Apple Inc. Some will advice you to quit but you shouldn’t allow these setbacks to drain your enthusiasm and motivation. Learn how to bounce back when you fail. Learn how to strive in the midst of adversities. That’s what makes you tougher and stronger.
Always see the Setback as a set up of something greater in your life. Shortly after Steve resigned from the Apple company due to the trauma , he went on to start a new company called NeXT. It went on to flourish from 1988 to 1990. During that time, he and several coworkers produced computers and running with NeXT software. They became a threat to other software and PC companies including Apple Inc. In 1997, Apple Inc was forced to employ him as a consultant and later reinstated him as the CEO. The most interesting part was that they bought the NeXT company for 426million USD. Steve went on to say that he thanked everyone who voted him out from being the CEO of Apple because if they didn’t, he wouldn’t have discovered a new software which was the backbone of internet development software of the 21st century .So what if Steve Jobs decided to quit out of frustration, will he invent the NeXT software that was worth millions?
Learn to get back up when you get pushed down. The ability to bounce back is the key of success. Learn from your failures and allow it to teach you how to succeed. Thomas Edison, after his 999 failed attempts to produce a light bulb before he finally succeeded, said that he didn’t see the failed attempts as failure rather he learnt 999 experiments that cannot produce a bulb. That’s the mindset of successful people. Get your self Confidence back. Don’t allow a small mistake or a loss stop you from moving forward.
Learn from your failures and allow it to teach you how to succeed
Don’t hurry, be patient
Mr. Bill Gates, the former CEO of Microsoft Corporation (also the official richest man in the whole world with net worth of over 86 million Dollars) said that it took him 26 years when he had a dream, to place a computer on every desk in every home. He further went on to say that the road had been rough and many times, he felt like switching jobs. But today every home in developed countries can boast of a personal computer. No matter how long it takes for you to fulfill your dreams, please be patient and wait. Don’t rush because you saw that your friend or your contemporaries are looking more successful than you. If the richest man in the world said he waited for over 25 years, how long can you wait? It’s not wisdom to compare yourself with anyone. God created you in his own image and not in anyone’s image.
If the richest man in the world said he waited for over 25 years, how long can you wait?
Never make the mistake of comparing yourself with people that are ahead of you rather learn from them. This is the only way to defeat Jealousy, strife and heart aches. Someone earning millions every month bought a Mercedes G Wagon and you, earning 5zeros, putting it in your monthly budget to acquire it so that you will not feel left out, is just stupidity. It’s unwise. You need to calm down. Don’t allow their flashy cars, designer accessories, mighty mansions and luxurious lifestyle to make you hurry into making bad decisions just to be named among successful people. You need to sit down and gradually build your way up the ladder of success. It may take months and even years but always remember that there are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going. It takes persistent effort and patience.
Someone said that the haste of a fool is the slowest thing in the world. Haste slows down every dream and opens the door to failure and shame. Hurry is the greatest killer of dreams.I want to tell you about a bamboo called the Chinese bamboo. This bamboo is regarded as the tallest bamboo. When its planted, for the first 3-4 years, it barely sprouts from the soil. But at the fifth year, this bamboo will grow into a mighty bamboo tree. Just within a few months. So what was happening during those periods when nothing was seen on the surface of the soil?
the haste of a fool is the slowest thing in the world
Plant biologists say that it has been extending it’s root downward, trying to strengthen its foundation. In other words it was getting prepared to launch itself by strengthening it’s foundation. Imagine a maize farmer is discussing with a Chinese bamboo farmer. During the first and second year, he may say, ” Are you sure you planted something in this farm cos all i see is weeds”. He may come back the following year to say, ” it’s better you stop this madness and plant something in your farm, I’m not ready to help you when you start begging me for money or food”. But the Bamboo farmer instead of having a second thought, would say, ” i am not planting something that will last for two years like your maize plant, i am planting a tree that will last for years. I am planting something that will be as high as 40ft and not a few centimeters above the soil“.
So don’t hurry. Take your time to build a solid foundation towards anything in life including marriage and relationships.Take time to go through a course, read books and learn of people who have achieved success in your field.
Take your time to build a solid foundation towards anything in life including marriage and relationships.
Don’t allow the pressure from friends make you to jump into something that will tarnish your future. Have a great week and God bless you