Thrive for Success
Many of us aspire to meet success. Whether it be in business, relationships or careers, success is our ultimate goal. But then again most of us also fear to experience failure. What we fail to realize is even the most successful people had to go through multiple failures to get to where they are.
I was watching The Pursuit of Happyness last night for the nth time. I love this movie and I always watch it every time I need some motivation to lift my spirit up. As we all know, this movie was based on the life of Chris Gardner who went through homelessness and poverty while trying to raise his 5 year-old kid. He eventually got accepted into the brokerage firm he worked as an intern for and later built a similar firm of his own.
In the movie, Chris met one failure after another from not being able to sell his bone density scanners, his wife leaving them, his money being taken by the government for tax evasion, getting jailed for unpaid parking tickets and having to sleep in public places with his son because they were evicted. That was tough. Such ordeal would have broken even the toughest of people and that’s what makes him admirable. For him to endure what they went through is just remarkable and outstanding. But how did he do it? What kept him pushing forward?
The simple answer is his DREAM. Just like what he said, “Don’t ever let someone tell you, you can’t do something. Not even me. You got a dream, you got to protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they want to tell you you can’t do it. You want something, go get it. Period.“
Sometimes, we have to experience failure for us to discover our potential. It brings out the best in us. Our competitive spirits. Most people are usually at their best with their backs against the wall. No amount of failure would stop them from achieving their goal. This is the kind of attitude we all need to have. The attitude of a CHAMPION.
My wife’s family had a neighbor back in their town who used to sell coconuts for a living. He used to live in a small shanty with his family a few houses away from my in-laws’ house. He also sells home-made rice cakes which he sold on foot in the middle of the day. Everyday, he walked two-and-a-half miles under the scorching heat to sell his products. He now owns a gasoline station, several properties, vehicles, and a couple of businesses.
Success is not achieved overnight. If you want to be successful, you must persevere and work hard to get to where you want to be. Failure will come along to test your character and faith. Don’t let it stop you from realizing your dreams. To quote Chris Gardner, “You want something, go get it.”
The heart of a champion is not easily defeated.