Success Favors the Brave

Its really important to do the things that scare you. You can’t be a wimp and be successful, it’s just not going to happen. Success comes from being able to stick it out, even when things look bleak. When things are the hardest, and the most distressing, that’s when you have the breakthrough. Most people quit before they get to the good part. Why quit when you’re “3 feet from gold”?

I love taking risks. Why? Because, even when I fail: I learn something. The learning curve of failure teaches perseverance and tenacity. Fail fast is what I was told constantly in every business venture that I’ve ever tried. And, now? I’ve learned what not to do. I think it was Edison that said the same thing. No one would ever call him a coward. He proved that failure isn’t fatal, and comes with the territory.

Great things don’t happen overnight, and you have to be willing to look foolish. You also have to risk being embarrassed to be respected. Part of being brave is, letting others put you down while you’re trying to achieve something. Not many people can handle that. These are all a part of risk. Saving face, isn’t part of the deal when just starting out. You have to be able to look your naysayers in the eye with your head held high, and say: You don’t define me.

I challenge anyone to show me a successful person that didn’t fail at some point in their lives. You won’t find one. But, you will find many wannabes. I wannabe a business person, if I don’t have to sell. I wannabe be married, as long as I can get my way all the time. I wannabe a parent, as long as I can still do what I want to. I wannabe be successful, as long as someone else does it all for me. See a pattern here? Wannabes are people that are too afraid to: change, take responsibility or be held accountable, give up something, or compromise. In other words: unsuccessful people are just wannabes.

Risk also involves dealing with jealous and envious people trying to get in your way. That’s just par for the course. They really can’t do much to a steadfast determined person. Determination and grit will outlast these types of people. Why? Because it’s just another challenge to overcome. And, overcoming is what successful people do. They will run out of steam long before you do. Once you make up your mind, and take the risk? It’s all over for anyone that stands in your way. Making up your mind is powerful, and will take you far.

Risk also helps you leave your comfort zone. Nothing happens there. If you want to achieve something amazing? You’ll have to leave it often. I’ve found that negative circumstances can go one of  2 ways: you either choose to grow stronger, or get squashed. Choosing the latter, you can’t go wrong. Growth and change are scary, but not as scary as being stuck. Being stuck will keep you from achieving, and living up to your potential. Positive people help you to keep it moving, negative people keep you standing still.

When it comes to risk, I leave you with Dale Carnegie’s Solution:

  1. Ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can possibly happen?”
  2. Be prepared to accept the worst.
  3. Try to improve on the worst.
  4. Don’t fuss about the trifles ( don’t sweat the small stuff )
  5. Cooperate with the inevitable

Sound advice, wouldn’t you say.


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