“My mother instilled in me that failure was not something to be afraid of, that it was not the opposite of success. It was a steppingstone to success. So I had no fear of failure. Perseverance is everything. I don’t give up. Everybody has failures, but successful people keep on going … She was my life mentor.” This is what Arianna Huffington said during an interview for Success Magazine.
Have you ever wondered how the likes of Elon Musk achieve so much, while still having the time to enjoy a personal life and travel the globe? Money helps, of course, but this isn’t how successful people achieve what they do.
In 2007, Arianna Huffington was at home on the phone when all of a sudden, she collapsed. When she woke up, she lay in a pool of her own blood and had what she would later discover was a broken cheekbone.
I’d like you to close your eyes for a second and picture the most inspirational leader you can think of? Whether they are a renowned business owner, executive, politician, or someone who has personally mentored you, I assure you they have made plenty of mistakes; and they have failed countless times before.
If you’re anything like me, I imagine you would like more: Freedom, Money, and Growth … and you would like to have less: Stress, Pain, and Responsibility.
Former presidential speechwriter, James C. Humes once said, “the art of communication is the language of leadership.”
When Rameet Chawla told me a story about how he once pursued a new employees for over a year, wining-and-dining them in a bid to tempt them away from their current job, and into Fueled’s ever-growing offices, he stopped me in my tracks.
Would you consider selling 500+ million books a success? Of course you would, and it takes a rather creative and smart individual to achieve it. JK Rowling is one of the most successful and celebrated authors of all time, but before her Harry Potter series grew into a global phenomenon, 12 publishers rejected her. Even the world’s most successful people fail. They make mistakes and suffer setbacks.
The rules have changed. You don’t need an office. You don’t need investors. You DO NOT need permission! Today, anyone with a good idea (and an addiction for success) can start their own business. Within a matter of months you can build a six-figure business. It takes dedication and commitment, as you already know, but another vital ingredient many forget about in the beginning (I know I did) is to involve others.
During the summer of 2010, I accidentally left my bag behind a friend’s car. We hopped in, she put it into gear, reversed, and then she said, “that’s weird, it feels like something is under the wheel.” Time froze. My draw dropped.
The American Dream is built around exactly that: a dream.
The life you live offers an array of lessons on a daily basis. Almost about everything you do, experience, see, hear, and feel provides you with lessons. These lessons offer you the means to grow and improve. But it’s easy to forget this as we race through life at an almighty pace.
“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take,” said Wayne Gretzky, one of the most successful Ice Hockey players of all time.
I don’t like a to think I’m bitter person, but the truth is I am. I suppose in a way, most of us are (sometimes). I have people in my life who don’t “get” me. I imagine you have people in your life who don’t “get” you. It frustrates me.
I bet you know someone who’s got an enviable Rolodex of successful entrepreneurs, investors, journalists and more. Makes you wonder, How do they do it? — right?