Published by Matthew Gustin
2 years ago
1. Be persistent
Walt Disney, the father of Disney World and Mickey Mouse was a man of a strong and tenacious will. His first attempt on a cartoon company didn’t go well and he had to file for bankruptcy. Next he started working for a news editor that later fired him for lacking imagination. Despite all the negative events, he remained loyal to his dream. To found Disney World, he first got rejected incredible 302 times by investors who didn’t acknowledge his idea. Today everybody knows the Disney empire, but nobody thinks about how persistent Walt Disney had to be to get there. Think about it, if he had stopped at the 302nd investor, we wouldn’t have any Disney movie or cartoon today.
2. Believe in yourself even if nobody else does
In grade school Les Brown gets declared as educable mentally retarded. Even having his classmates laughing at him, self esteem issues and not the best grades at school, Les Brown managed to turn his life around. Les says that a teacher told him once, that he should never let somebody’s opinion about him become his reality and ever since he believes in himself no matter what. On his way to success he got countless times told that he couldn’t become a successful motivational speaker. In spite not having a college degree and being labelled as educable mentally retarded, he didn’t listen to the negative voices and kept believing in himself and his dream. Later he became a morning DJ and rose to a broadcast manager, from community activist to community leader, from political commentator to three-term state legislator in Ohio and from a banquet and nightclub MC to premier keynote speaker and CEO of Les Brown Enterprises, for audiences as big as 80’000 people, including Fortune 500 CEO’s.
3. Be humble and Ask for help
You are weak if you keep asking for help every time, it’s a common belief nowadays that isn’t true and even can be destructive sometimes. We should and need to accept guidance and assistance of other people to succeed on our journey. Thereby overusing and abusing the help of others should not be an option. So how are we supposed to use foreign assistance?
We should try to experience as much as possible so that we can learn things we otherwise wouldn’t understand or see. But it happens sometimes, that by trying something alone we don’t reach the goal we set up to achieve. Even after countless times of trying, we keep feeling like hitting an iron wall. After giving everything we have got but not reaching anything, we should start thinking about getting some help. Einstein said that trying the same thing again and again and always getting the same result is insanity. At this point we are supposed to ask someone for help, not because we are weak but because we want to stay strong. By not asking for help, you won’t go a step further and will start to lose courage and eventually fail to reach your goal. Seek for guidance and assistance to learn and become even stronger.
4. Don’t use age as an excuse
There is no such thing as being to old or too young to be successful. If you don’t believe it Noa Mintz and Harland Sander will make you think differently.
Noa Mintz founded Nannies by Noa in 2012 with an investment of her father. The 15-year-old now employs over 150 sitters and nannies attending more than 200 clients. Noa hired Allison Johnson as CEO of Nannies by Noa so that she could keep going to school, without failing to serve her clients. After being extremely successful in New York City her next goal is to become the nation’s leading child care agency.
Harland Sanders didn’t found his well known company Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) until the age of 65. Sanders, also known as “The Colonel”, had a fairly modest restaurant when Interstate opened a restaurant near him and his business began to crumble. Sanders didn’t file for bankruptcy, he started to work on his spice blend and cooking technique for making fried chicken in 1952. Next he began selling KFC franchises. When he sold his business for $2 million in 1964, there were already over 900 KFC stores across the country.
5. Learn to see the world from the right angle of view
Some people seem to always be positive no matter in what kind of circumstances they are in. While others with the same kind of struggle always keep defending their shortcomings. How is it possible that two people encounter the same problem but react differently to it? The answer lies in how we perceive the world and ourselves.
A man was once given away for adoption just some weeks after his birth. Although he was later adopted, he grew up with anger and resentment, asking himself why his biological parents didn’t love him and gave him away. But then one day a lady, who also was adopted as a child, heard about his story and told him, that what the man was saying wasn’t true! She said, that the man wasn’t hated, but he was chosen with love by his adoptive parents.
Even though both of them were right in what they were saying, what differed them was just the way they interpreted the situation they were in. Successful people never identify themselves with negative things.