Believe. Grow. Succeed. Repeat.
You will only ever achieve as much as you believe you can.
I have a spent so much time over the last year gathering knowledge from some of the most fascinating minds and my goal is to inspire you to join me on this journey. I have spent hours driving and listening to audio books, grasped each quiet moment alone to hungrily read a few more pages of my many books, I’ve watched hundreds of inspirational YouTube videos and I’ve listened to countless podcasts. Some mornings I even wake up at 4:30am, just so I can learn something new before going to the gym – before I even get to work.
I am obsessed.
To many people, it’s crazy but to me it’s a part of feeling alive. There is so much to learn and so much potential in life; there is a limitless amount to experience and I would love to inspire more people to get obsessed with what life could be.
There is such a wealth of knowledge out there from people who have spent years of their lives figuring it out and making countless mistakes. You can download some incredible key learnings from multiple lives in just 360 pages. What isn’t appealing about that?
What has been engrained within me over the last few months is that human potential is nearly limitless. Tom Bilyeu, amongst other successful entrepreneurs, has managed to drill this into my core belief system and the more I learn, the more I realise that your reality and your success is limited only by what you believe you can achieve, and ultimately, by what you believe you are worth.
I read a brilliant quote yesterday: “The person who keeps going can never be defeated”. This really stuck with me – I don’t ever want to be defeated; not by some boring old man who thinks he is more intelligent than me because my interest doesn’t lie in the ordinary, not by someone who tells me I am doing too much and need to slow down, and definitely not by someone who doesn’t believe I can achieve everything I know I can. I know what I want from this life and I know how I am going to get there – do you?
Understand that whatever you want in life is yours, if only you reach out and take it. I desperately want you to stop just thinking about your dreams and start your journey to success. If you really want something, nothing will stand in your way. As Randy Pausch said in ‘The Last Lecture’: Brick walls are there for a reason. They let us show our dedication. They’re not there to stop us, they’re there to separate us from the people who don’t really want it. They’re there to stop the other people.
So who are you going to be? How badly do you want to achieve your dreams and how hard are you willing to work towards your goals? When that wall presents itself – will you find your own way around it or will you stop and retreat?
Don’t ever forget – the person who keeps going can never be defeated; if there is not a path already laid out before you – make your own. Make it happen.
I’ll leave you with a little story from a speech by Eric Thomas that taught me the importance of awakening your passion in order to succeed:
The Story of the Young Man and the Guru
There was a young man who wanted to make a lot of money, and so he went to a guru. He told the guru: “I want to be on the same level that you’re on.”
The guru replied: “If you want be my level, I’ll meet you at the beach tomorrow at 4am.”
The man was confused: The beach, he thought. I said I wanted to make money, I don’t want to swim. Nevertheless, the young man arrived at 4am all ready to rock and roll.
The old guru grabbed his head: “How bad do you want to be successful?”
“Real bad”, the man replied.
The guru nodded: “Walk on out into the water with me.”
The young man walked into the water, stopping about waist deep. He said to himself: this man’s crazy. I want to make money, he’s got me out here swimming.
The guru motioned towards him: “Come out a little further”. The young man was about to turn around and go back in when the guru shouted: “I thought you wanted to be successful?!”
“I do!”, the young man bellowed back.
“Walk a little further then…”
He walked further; the guru then took the mans head and pushed his face under the water. He held him down as the man scratched, clawed and fought to get up.
Just before the young man was about to pass out, the guru raised him up and said: “I’ve got a question for you. When you were under water, what was the only thing you wanted to do? More than anything?”
Gasping for breath, the young man said: “I wanted to breathe.”
The guru smiled: “When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
Most of you want to be successful but you don’t want it bad enough. You don’t want it as bad as you want to party. You don’t want it as bad as you want to sleep in. You don’t want it as bad as you want to be accepted. Only those who risk going too far can possibly find out how far they can go.
(Story adapted from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAjEKZ1MzFY)