What makes one person a great success and another less successful or even a failure? There is the theory that some are just born with the ability to be successful and others are not. There is also the theory that success if born out of the substance of a person. It can be learned, but the seed of success is already there waiting to be watered.
The first option gives the masses an excuse to avoid success or to explain away their inability to be successful, but it is farcical in realty. Many of the greatest men and women who ever lived were not well educated, from rich families or exceptionally brilliant. What they did have was desire. When they coupled their dreams with their desire they became a formidable force for success.
When failure loomed, though their emotions were tested, their backbone was strengthened. Many of the great business successes in our country paid themselves last, took no time off and slept little on the march to their goal. That’s uncomfortable to most people. It’s a level of sacrifice that many, if not most, are incapable of conceiving, or willing to submit to. Without a time-line of accomplishment and a set of parameters to determine what success looks like when achieved, success alludes many.
With great sacrifice comes great reward. I would venture to guess that if you asked some of the most successful men and women of our time they would say, “There is so much more to do,” rather than say, “I’ve succeeded. Now, I can sit back and relax.”
It is rarely money that motivates the successful. Anybody can make money. No, it’s about achieving a dream that is in the constant state of evolution. When a goal is reached, it’s viewed as a mile marker and not an end. Each success empowers an entrepreneur to see things in a new light, in a bigger way with a bolder goal.
For the person who says, “I could never do that,” to just about any feat of success, I say, “You’re right.” But, to the person who says, “Why can’t I do that?” I ask, “I don’t know, why can’t you?” Success is yours to choose, but you must water the seed that is born in you. God planted it there, how you water it is up to you.