My entire life, I had been in awe of people who managed to truly be happy by doing what they love best and thriving at it! Just as described by David Ogilvy’s, “Find something you truly love doing and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Question was, how do you find that something that you love and that you’re good at? You’re definitely not born with it and how is it that some have uncovered that secret… how did the Richard Bransons and the Steve Jobs of the world do it? Please don’t mistake this with a wish for wealth… If anything, the beauty of this quest is that money is not the focus at all and just happens to come by default…
Great thing about this is that none of these people who “made it” are employed… they are entrepreneurs, freelancers: they are INDEPENDENT!
I made it my mission to find out how they did it… If there was a recipe, I wanted to know what it was… and here is what I found out… These people have all come up with a great idea to begin with… Sound familiar? Heck how many great ideas have you come up with in your lifetime? Thing is, they then set a plan for the idea and started to work towards achieving it. Then came the challenges and pitfalls, all of which were taken on full frontal with persistence and resilience until they reached their target. From that point on, it was just a matter of setting new goals and moving from one success to the next.
Although it sounds fairly simple, it is much harder to realize than one can imagine. Reason being, there is another component at play here and a common denominator these successful individuals share: SELF-CONFIDENCE! People who have acquired it are pretty much geared for success in anything they set their minds to and believe in themselves and their ideas enough to go after them. I say acquired because the reality is that self-confidence is not a vaccine your parents give you as a child, it is the reward that stems from a series of achievements – big and small.
Call it what you will; gutsy, brave, courageous, fearless… Abraham Mazlo would call it self-actualization and he believes that less than 1% of adults actually reach it, but the bottom line is it is to fulfill one’s highest potential.
There is a multibillion dollar industry of self-help books out there all carrying the magic recipe, the key to unlocking our full potential however; we could spend our lifetime rotating between therapy and self-help books and it would still not be enough because unfortunately, there is not a single magic tip in the world that can speed up this process.
Truth is, we build our confidence layer by layer as we learn to handle life better and become more positive with our outlook irrespective of what people might think of us. Mostly, we learn to finish what we start.
It starts with truly taking charge of our lives and stop playing victims of circumstances and the lack of opportunities. No matter who we are or what kind of lifestyle we lead, mistakes and failures do happen and the only way to evolve and overcome is to review every situation – briefly to avoid dwelling – learn the lesson at hand and derive positive strength from it before the final step of moving on.
Successful people dare to dream and pursue their dreams with passion believing they CAN reach them. What are your dreams? This blog was one of mine 🙂