Not long ago I was listening to a guy talk about his business. He said "over the years I have quit this business a 1000 times." I was shocked to hear this. This particular man has reached a an admirable level of success in his profession. He’s someone I look up to.
He went on to say: "I also started this business a 1001 times."
I get three important lessons from this.
One is that when you see someone who has accomplished great success, don’t assume it’s been a walk in the park for them. Their journey may have been more bumpy than we could ever imagine. What we see today is the result of many years of hard work, persistence and sacrifice. It’s easy to miss that and focus just on the glory of the moment that we see today.
The second lesson is that successful people are imperfect, like me. They don’t always hit the ball out of the park. They don’t turn everything to gold with a single touch.
They get up each day and work at it, just like the rest of us.
They are subject to the same frustrations as all of us. They need to apply the same persistence as the rest of us. And they feel the same feelings we all do.
Finally, this guy gives us a real-life example of the key to success. Every time you get knocked down, you need to get up, dust yourself off and keep trying.
I like what Babe Ruth said about this:
‘It’s hard to beat a person who never gives up.’
Successful people don’t give up. They may quit a 1000 times. But they start a 1001 times.
Have a great day!