Almost everyone wants to succeed. However, only a few individuals succeed since most people including hard workers, disciplined folks, and big dreamers give up because of one thing. It takes long to succeed.
Recently, I wondered why it was taking long for my blog to attract a large audience. For this reason, I decided to study how long it took for most successful people to succeed, and I realized that it took a freakin long time. For example, it took around 13 years of hard work for Eminem to blow up. Eminem started rapping when he was 14, and he released his first successful and popular album, The Slim Shady LP, in 1999 when he was around 27.
Besides Eminem, it also took around 8 to 11 years of programming for Bill Gates to succeed. Bill Gates gained an interest in programming when he was around 13, and he launched Microsoft in 1975 when he was almost 20. Remember, Microsoft did not blow up immediately after its launching. It took a few more years for it to become successful.
I can give you millions of examples that prove success is a long journey. For example, Naturi Naughton started singing when she was 5, and she joined 3LW, a girl band when she was 14, and the band released an album which went platinum when Naturi was 16. Therefore, it took almost 11 years of singing for Naturi Naughton to become a successful singer
With this in mind, it’s clear that success is a long journey, and if you want to be successful, you must be willing to dedicate 5 to 15 years to hard work, consistency, discipline, anxiety, sacrifice, and perseverance. Many people give up when they realize that their success is taking too long to appear. The one thing they don’t know is that this shit takes long, and only those who are willing to persevere will succeed.
You might think 5 to 15 years of working towards your dream is a short period of time. But remember if it was a short period, everyone could have achieved their dreams. Many people give up because they can’t stand working hard, and persevering for this long. The good thing is that you and I are not ‘many people.’ We were destined for greatness, and for this reason, we will persist until we succeed.
I did not write this article to discourage you. I just wanted to be real with you. I have studied many successful people and this is what I realized. I wanted you to know that if you want to succeed, you must be in for the long haul. The good thing is that you will definitely win if you don’t give up.
That being said, are you a big dreamer, who’s in for the long haul? Are you ready to stay with me till we win? Are you ready to fight until the end? If you are ready, type YES in the comment box below, and know that you will win if you fight till the end.
No one has ever failed to succeed after working hard without giving up. SEE YOU AT THE TOP folks.
‘Life’s greatest rewards are reserved for those who can demonstrate a never-ending commitment to act until they succeed.’ – Peter Guber, Entrepreneur, & Author
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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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