You have to be hungry to succeed.
Success is not an easy thing to achieve in this life. Even those gifted with extraordinary talents, like professional athletes, still have to possess the drive to spend countless hours and years practicing and honing their skills if they are to achieve any notable level of success.
The odds, frankly, are against you. Let’s face it – 90% of the world’s population either lives in poverty or just barely above it. As Thoreau observed, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation”. Yet it remains possible to attain success beyond even your wildest dreams. Miracles happen, and they can just as well happen in your life as anyplace else.
One very important thing that will make them happen is having a compelling reason to succeed.
It can’t just be money. Money is not an end, it’s always just a means to an end. A stack of bills doesn’t do one any good – it’s only what you can do with the bills that’s important.
So what’s your compelling reason to succeed? You need to know it – because that reason is what will drive you to keep going even on those days when you don’t even feel like getting out of bed. And success only comes through persistence.
“Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Calvin Coolidge
So again, think about, “What is your compelling reason to succeed?” Mine is to be able to take care of and help my friends and loved ones, and, well, also a number of people I don’t even really know. I’ve been poor; I know what it’s like to be living right on the edge, physically hungry, homeless, and despairing. And that’s why nothing gives me more pleasure than helping other people escape poverty, and knowing that I have the necessary resources to take care of those close to me. That drives me – I have to make money so that I have the ability to help others, not just with money, but also with knowledge and hopefully helpful guidance (after all, it takes money just to keep this computer turned on and connected to the internet).
That’s mine – now what’s yours? What is it that’s truly important to you? What is it that you get emotional about, really care about? What’s your purpose in life? Figure that out and you’ll have found your compelling reason to succeed.
“Don’t try to figure out what the world needs. Just do what you dream of doing – because what the world really needs is more dreamers.”
Find your reason for being…and run with it, all the way to the top of the mountain.
I wish you all success, and happiness, and all good things.
(Meanwhile, if you need money, skip on over to one of my articles on forex trading – https://jbmaverick.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/no-risk-sure-profit-forex-trading-strategy/ )
Peace of Christ,