There is a popular saying that “behind every success story lies an embarrassing first effort, a setback or a radical change of direction.” Seriously speaking, it’s not a gimmick that successful people have tales to tell the world about the very tiny moment(s) they almost gave up the push. This precious moment is like the darkest of them all. Nothing inspires at this very grave time-frame. In fact, what you see appearing as a ghost is a failure laughing at you, stamping its feet on the tiled ground. Frustration is no longer a distant enemy. Seth Fiegerman once explained thus:
“When you see someone who’s very successful, you almost imagine that it was a foregone conclusion, that they’re a genius, that they were destined for great things. I think the big takeaway is failure and setbacks, far from being uncommon, are in many ways essential.”
The excerpt (Seth Fiegerman) is dug from a blog post titled: why the best success stories often begin with failure.
Further reading: As a Man Thinketh, by James Allen
It is auspicious to hit you with the fact that success begins with a dream. This is the pillar to all that you see today. It started from the days of creation and is still in trend this day. For every daunting creation, you see that marvel you to speechlessness started from the bedrock of dream.
DARE TO DREAM
For me to hint you more on this episodic diary that is centred on what John Maxwell wrote in his book titled: DARE TO DREAM…THEN DO IT (WHAT SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE KNOW AND DO), I would want you to take a time out to think about what you have been thinking and dreaming about. What is it all about? If you could do anything, at all, what would it be?
Thank God we are in a fresh year (2018). I know that a couple of you must have drawn your resolution for the year. Take it from me – if you are still carrying that same metal you had around your neck last year, there are chances that you will remain stagnant no matter how beautiful your resolution could have been. However, this complete success digest is only meant for people who are ready, not only willing, to take a bold step of faith to attain what seems impossible.
Further reading: Funny But True: Love Tales
Maxwell quoted Theologian Frederick Henry Hedge thus,
“Dreaming is an act of pure imagination, attesting to all men a creative power, which if it were available in waking, would make every man a Dante or a Shakespeare.”
And Maxwell added that you have the potential to be a Shakespeare or an Edison or a Churchill or a Curie or a King. Only two things stand in your way: dreaming it…and then doing it. He further said that if something is in your apparent reach, it isn’t a dream. If you wouldn’t have to stretch beyond what you think is possible, then it isn’t a dream. The bold dream changes you as they change the world around you.
Yes, it is okay to have build-up fear about dreaming big, but hear what U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt said:
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.
Don’t let yourself be pressured into thinking that your dreams or your talents aren’t prudent. They were never meant to be prudent. They were meant to bring joy and fulfilment to your life. Whatever you think would (have) happen(ed) if you pursue your dream and either achieve or did not achieve it, the best feeling is that you could find yourself in a new territory on the threshold of a new dream.
For real, you will come across different dream killers along the path to success. These people are meant to shake you, to try you and to make you see less what brings you joy pursuing your big story. People like Joseph in the Bible (Genesis 37:19, 20), Jesus Christ, Steve Jobs, and others have something inspiring to say about this roadblocks. I faced a similar situation that I would be sharing in the course of this write-up. It was not funny as cited above about Seth Fiegerman.
Runways.com.ng was not a day job. It took more than I thought just to get to this phase of publishing, which became visible on the first day of this month (January 2018). More than a month of sleepless night designing the website (as a beginner). Even, some of my friends thought I was a stupid, jobless man with no vision – just because they are enjoying their prime at the moment when I was busy praying and fasting for the sole purpose of discovering my Ikigai.
The fact is that successful people know how to do things differently than unsuccessful people. Just before we end it end for the real business, you should always have it at the back of your mind that overtaking is allowed in the journey to success. Success starts with the way you think and dream, and it continues with how you live. This is the crux of this blog – promoting healthy lifestyles, and helping lives.
Therefore, in this episodic series which centres on the book written by John Maxwell, I would want us to share thoughts and ideas on how to better our lots in our chosen career, callings or set dream or ambition. It is a compacted book of about nine chapters, with great stories and words that will inspire you to take a quantum leap to achieve your dream in life.
THE SUCCESS STORY
Before you take a break, let’s take a look at what was said of Seth Fiegerman (why the best success stories often begin with failure). I believe it will get you on the starter line of what this episodic story is all about.
After Fiegerman, now 26, graduated from New York University in 2008, he landed a coveted first job as a research editor at Playboy magazine. But he had worked there for just half a year when management announced that most of the staff would soon be laid off.
As unemployment loomed, Fiegerman felt adrift. He began to explore the Playboy archives, discovering a trove of interviews with celebrities ranging from Marlon Brando to Malcolm X. Many of these successful people shared tales of their less promising early days, and Fiegerman quickly became obsessed with these origin stories.
“It kind of paired well with this feeling that I had of, ‘Oh my God, what do I do?’” Fiegerman says. “And I found solace, in some ways, reading about the obstacles that famous figures had to overcome.”
He began devouring biographies and soliciting interviews with writers and musicians he admired, using the blog to document the fits and starts that began the careers of the famous and the infamous. Success, he learned, was less a matter of innate talent and more the product of perseverance, a willingness to stumble and stand up again and again.
“You kind of assume that great geniuses [are] like Mozart,” Fiegerman says. But few successful people were child prodigies, and prodigies don’t necessarily find success. “Most people don’t stick to it.”
Further reading: Power of Love
Author Jennifer Egan stuck with it. She told Fiegerman that her first novel was so bad even her mother hated it. But Egan kept writing, and her writing got better—in 2011, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her novel about growing old in the digital age, A Visit From the Goon Squad. Knowing about a hero’s early flops and foibles might disillusion some fans, but Fiegerman finds comfort in rough beginnings. “The only thing that would have disappointed me is if I’d researched all these guys and women and found out that they got it right on the first try, because, OK, I did not,” Fiegerman says with a laugh.
Like his subjects, Fiegerman found that his own early setback wasn’t permanent. He landed a new job in journalism, and today he works at the tech news website Mashable, covering, appropriately enough, start-up businesses. While he has less time for the blog, he hopes his collection of origin stories will help other young people realize it’s OK to fail.
Further Reading: How To Take The Right Risks
“I hope some of them benefit from it,” he says. “But if nothing else, I feel like I benefited from it a little bit.”
Next in the series will focus on the chapter one of the book as written by John Maxwell. subscribe now to get latest episodes sent directly to your email. Shalom!