Almost everyone wants to succeed. However, only few individuals succeed since most people including hard workers, disciplined folks, and big dreamers give up because 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 studied how long it took for most successful people to succeed, and I realized that it took a 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 started 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 that went platinum when Naturi was 16. Therefore, it took about 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 work hard for a long period. However, 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 success takes time, 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. 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 have studied many successful people and this is what I realized. I just want you to know that if you want to succeed, you must be in for the long haul. The good thing is that you’ll definitely win if you don’t give up.
Anyway, 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.
‘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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Don’t Let the Society’s Idea of Success Drive You Crazy
‘I desire a good life for my family, but that does not have to include a range of cars, a yacht in every port or another million.’ – Philip Gardiner
According to modern society, a successful individual is a person with lots of money, mansions, flashy cars, yachts, and other expensive trendy products. Most of us strive to live by this idea, and for this reason, we are stressed because this type of success always seems far away.
Furthermore, we buy trendy things we don’t need, and we take loans to buy these things so that we live by this idea of success. We then notice that these things are useless to our well-being and succumb to depression after realizing that we’ve gotten in debt as a result of trying to live by the society’s idea of success.
The sad thing is most of us start thinking we are unworthy because we haven’t met this type of success, and we constantly think about the future and worry whether we’ll achieve success.
We should discard this idea of success and prevent it from governing our lives and driving us crazy by realizing that it’s not a universal truth since it’s just an idea constructed after the industrial revolution.
A long time ago, people were not obsessed with attaining material success because they focused on spiritual development, accessing higher dimensions, understanding the universe, and becoming moral. And although these individuals valued material success and had ways of measuring it, they seldom obsessed over it.
Therefore, the idea that a person’s worth is determined by material success is a modern idea, and it should not drive you crazy. We were not created in a magical world – spinning on nothingness – to obsess over material success. Instead, we were created in this magical world, with millions of possibilities, to live whatever life we want.
For this reason, we should stop trying to align with an idea of material success that was created by capitalists so that we work in their companies 24/7, participate in expanding their companies by buying several products, and waste our money on expensive but useless things.
We should let our hearts guide us in creating our goals, and we should go after them even when we’ll not attain the society’s idea of success by attaining them. As well, we should also stop worrying and avoid thinking we are crazy when our goals don’t align with the society’s idea of success.
Lastly, we should strive to do whatever leads to fulfillment, and discard society’s idea of success because it makes us focus too much on the future, and it might eventually drive us crazy.
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The 5 Major Stages You Must Go Through When Chasing Your Dreams
After studying the biographies of many successful folks, I realized that all of them went through the same stages of dream chasing regardless of their socio-economic status. I summarized these stages into five stages which I believe you’ll also go through if you are chasing your dreams.
Here are they:
Stage 1 – Idea
Here, you’ll give birth to a great idea that you’ll want to turn into reality. For instance, if you are an aspiring writer, you’ll want to turn your thoughts into a best-selling book, and if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you’ll discover a wonderful business idea which you’ll want to turn into a successful company.
Stage 2 – Enthusiasm
After discovering the idea, you’ll visualize the life you’ll live when you’ll achieve your dreams, and you’ll tell your friends and family about this life. You’ll then research on how you’ll turn your idea into reality, and you’ll start working enthusiastically because you’ll want to live your dream as soon as possible.
Stage 3 – Disappointment
After working for a period of 6 – 18 months, you’ll be disappointed because you’ll make little progress despite working hard. For instance, if you are an aspiring vlogger, you’ll realize that getting 10,000 subscribers is not easy, or if you are an aspiring entrepreneur, you’ll be disappointed because your business might fail to make profits.
Besides this, you’ll realize that dream chasing demands funding, but few people are willing to support you. Primarily, you’ll realize that it might take longer to achieve your dreams. These challenges will make you want to give up.
Most people quit chasing their dreams at this stage.
Stage 4 – Perseverance
If you really want to achieve your dreams, you’ll decide to persevere. You’ll face obstacles fearlessly, and you’ll commit yourself to overcoming them. Besides, you’ll avoid everything and everyone that might prevent you from achieving your dreams. Also, rejection, failure, and naysayers won’t stop you from working hard.
You’ll also realize that only those who persevere achieve their dreams, and you’ll work like hell. Moreover, you’ll strive to make the journey enjoyable so that you don’t give up.
Most folks make their journey enjoyable by making friends with like-minded people.
Stage 5 – Success
After working for a long period without quitting, you’ll become highly skilled, and many people will love your services/products. If you are a writer, many people will be willing to buy your books, and if you are a businessman, people will be interested in your products. You’ll then use the money you’ll earn to buy whatever you want and travel wherever you want. You’ll be so fulfilled.
It’s easy to dream, but difficult to achieve dreams. Most people quit when they realize they’ll have to work for a long period before they achieve their dreams. Only those who persevere succeed because they never give up. We must thus join the perseverers if we want to boost the chances of achieving our dreams.
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