The Wright Brothers, Orville (1871-1948), and Wilbur (1867 -1912) are famous for inventing, creating, and flying the first plane. Before studying them, I believed they were extraordinary folks. However, after conducting an extensive study on the two brothers, I realized they were ordinary people who appeared different because they possessed the following features.
The Wright Brothers: –
- Were Voracious Readers
The Wright brothers loved reading books. They read all sorts of books including engineering books, ancient books, and autobiographies of great inventors. Historians reveal that the Wright brothers had no electricity, telephones or light in their house, but they had lots of books: their house looked like a library.
Reading seemed to have contributed to them inventing the plane because reading boosts imagination and creativity. Reading also enabled the Wright brothers to know where other people who tried to invent the airplane failed.
Therefore, encourage yourself to read everyday keeping in mind that Readers are Leaders.
- Were Passionate About the Concept of Flying
History reveals that the Wright brothers were obsessed with flight. They read every book about flight, and most of their conversations were about flight.
- Never Gave Up
The Wright brothers never gave up even though most of their attempts to fly failed. People don’t know that they built many planes that crashed before they finally created the plane that flew successfully in 1903.
- Were Risk-Takers
The Wright brothers risked death while trying to create the first flying plane. They often crash-landed when they went up in the air. One of the Wright brothers sustained injuries while testing a plane but these injuries did not stop them.
Besides this, the Wright brothers still attempted to fly despite knowing that many previous inventors had died trying to fly a plane. The Wright Brothers didn’t care: they were bold enough to risk their lives.
- Believed in the Impossible
Though flying appeared to be delusional and wishful thinking during those times, the Wright brothers believed they could fly. Many people had tried to fly for centuries but failed. People had already given up on the idea that human-beings could one day fly. However, the Wright brothers believed in the impossible: they believed that flight was possible, and they eventually flew.
- Ignored the Naysayers
Many people tried to tell the Wright Brothers that they would never fly a plane because it was unrealistic for a heavy metal with a person in it to fly in the air. Even, physicians argued that metal was heavier than air: therefore, it was impossible to build a machine (plane) that would beat this scientific principle. However, the Wright Brothers had mastered the art of ignoring the Naysayers. They believed in the impossible, they believed in their ability, and they believed they could fly, and they did so.
Ignore the Naysayers: Ignore Those Who Say It Can’t Be Done – Arnold Schwarzenegger
I wrote this piece because I wanted you to know that successful people are not extraordinary people as we always believe. The Wright brothers prove that inventors are just like you and me. They just did what many people don’t do: they were persistent, they never gave up, they always read books, believed in the impossible, they were massive risk-takers, and lastly, they did not care about other people’s opinions.
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Top 6 Reasons Most People Can’t Persevere on the Journey to Success
Perseverance refers to the ability to work persistently towards one’s goals despite facing difficulties.
After studying successful people for five years, I realized they all persevered since they never gave up despite facing obstacles. Nothing stopped them from working towards their dreams.
Besides successful folks, we can also persevere, but most people can’t because of the following reasons.
1.People Don’t Study Success
Studying success enlightens you that difficulties, failure, or discouragement are part of the journey hence enabling you to work in spite of their presence. Moreover, studying success shows you that only those who persist succeed hence motivating you to persevere.
2.The Lack of Self-Confidence
Most people can’t persevere because they lack self-confidence. They doubt their abilities and skills and give up easily when they face obstacles.
Successful people persevered because they believed in themselves. They believed they could overcome obstacles and thus continued working towards their goals when obstacles arrived.
3.The Myth of Overnight Success
The myth of overnight success has resulted in the inability to persevere because it makes people think success comes easily. This myth has made aspirers believe success arrives soon after they start working towards it. For this reason, most aspirers give up when they realize that they’ll have to work for a long period and overcome several difficulties before success arrives.
4.People focus on the Outcome
Most individuals can’t persevere because they focus on the outcome. It’s hard to persevere when you focus on the results because it usually takes long before we get the results we expect. People who persevere, focus on the process instead of the results. They know they’ll get the results they want if they forget about them and work on their skills.
5.The Lack of Passion
People who hate their work seldom persevere because they focus on results and misinterpret difficulties. Furthermore, they easily get bored with their work hence making it difficult to work when they face obstacles. Conversely, passionate people persevere because they are obsessed with their work and perceive difficulty as a chance for growth.
6.Focusing on the Possibility of Failure
Focusing on the possibility of failure prevents people from persevering because it discourages them from working towards their goals when they face difficulties.
Most successful people focused on success: they believed they’ll succeed no matter what, and this belief motivated them to continue working in spite of discouragement.
It’s easier for people to work towards their goals when everything is going well. However, most people get discouraged when the going gets tough. The ability to work when it gets tough is what sets successful people apart. We must, therefore, master the art of perseverance.
If you don’t give up you can’t fail.’ – Menna Vaan Praag, Successful Author
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5 Powerful Reasons Why Passion is a Key to Success
I once believed that we don’t need passion to succeed. However, when I started blogging, I realized that passion is a key to success. I noticed that my passion for blogging made me write articles consistently.
Besides this, my research on successful people enlightened me that successful people are passionate about their jobs. They work 24/7 because they enjoy and love their work.
These findings forced me to think deeply about the relationship between passion and success hence making me realize that passion leads to success because it:
1.Makes it Hard for You to Give Up
It will be hard for you to give up on something when you are passionate because you won’t care about the results. You’ll only care about doing your thing, and you’ll do it even when you don’t get the desired results. For instance, if you love singing, you’ll continue singing even when you only have 5 views on Youtube.
2.Makes You a Hard Worker
Passion makes you work more hours because it makes you obsessed with your work. You’ll want to work whenever you find time because you love your work. Besides this, when you are passionate, you’ll work long hours because you won’t be able to tell the difference between work and play. For you, working will be playing.
3.Changes Your Attitudes Towards Difficulties
People who aren’t passionate about their jobs have a negative attitude towards obstacles. They either see them as threats or messages from the universe that they’ll never succeed.
However, passionate people perceive obstacles as an opportunity for growth. They are always eager to overcome them, and they believe they’ll become better at their craft after overcoming obstacles.
4.Prevents You From Wasting Time
If you do what you love, you’ll be obsessed with work because you’ll be excited about it. For this reason, you’ll want to spend most of your time working, and you’ll avoid wasting time on useless activities such as gossiping or liking and commenting on Facebook posts all day.
Passion leads to obsession, which breeds focus. Focus leads to success because it increases the quality of your work as it makes you more skilled and knowledgeable. Besides this, focus prevents you from making mistakes and breeds consistency hence increasing your chances of succeeding.
People who don’t like their jobs seldom succeed because they mostly focus on getting things done. Moreover, they never reach great heights because they usually lack the motivation to improve their skills. However, passionate people have high chances of succeeding because passion increases focus, motivates them to work hard, and changes their attitude towards difficulties. And, lastly, it makes them want to work all the time hence forcing them to avoid time wasting activities.
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