While that may be true, I think a far more productive way is to say, “How did that guy or girl do it? What were their habits? What was their thought process? Maybe I can discover something, strip away the conceit and make things happen for myself?” I won’t lie, not everyone can bench their ego for a few minutes, but you should. There are a lot of successful people who have been in your shoes. You might as well learn from them and be willing to make mistakes.
Your desire to achieve has to be stronger than your fear of failure. It is as simple as that. You have to be willing to be the lanky kid who was always picked last in gym class. You have to be willing to pitifully stand on that line every single day until you succeed. Along the way it’s essential that you seek out, find and listen to others who have tried, failed, tried, failed and then tried again. That guidance and advice could come from anyone at anytime in a variety of ways. A personal mentor, audio books, magazines, interviews, online outlets and any number of places will provide some great insights.
I don’t know about you but when I hear interviews from people who have experienced similar struggles, loss of confidence and tough times and some how made it, it gives me hope! That’s why I say “Hey, they did it! Why not me?” Recently, in an interview with Jennifer Taylor who plays Chelsea on CBS’ Two and a Half Men she talked about her two-decade struggle to make it in the business. She said something to the affect that she asked herself “Is it worth doing this to my family all for a few guest appearances? The answer was no.” So she decided to pack up her family and move back to Florida and become a teacher. And then 7 days after her house went on the market she got the call from CBS! Are you kidding me? That’s what I’m talking about! It’s possible!
That type of story makes me think, what could be right around the corner for any of us? One phone call or email could change your life! But you have to stay in the game in order to play. Open your mind to new ideas, new thoughts and new ways of doing things. Every time you see someone doing something that you want to do try to find out how they made it happen.
The best feeling in the world is when you hear a story that re-enforces something you are already doing. When you find that you are thinking the same thoughts as someone who’s been in your shoes and achieved their goals, it is exhilarating. It affirms you’re on the right track. It shows you that anything is possible. It makes you say, “Yeah that’s true, why not me!” So I ask you. What are you dreams? What do you want to accomplish? Why Not You?