Recently, I almost gave up on friendship after realizing that some of my friends hated me. However, I later realized that friends are important because they can help us on the journey to greatness. The sudden change of my perception towards friendship occurred when I stumbled upon the following folks who owe part of their success to their friends.
1. Naturi Naughton – Net worth 800,000 USD
Naturi Naughton, famously known as Tasha in the TV Series: Power, is a successful actress with a net worth of $800,000.
Naturi Naughton owes her success to Power because her role on the TV Show made her rich and famous.
Before Power, Naturi was jobless and broke. Her breakthrough came after she performed extremely well in the auditions for Power. However, Naturi might have failed the auditions if it wasn’t for her friend, Hosea Chanchez.
Naturi was so broke when she was called to audition that she couldn’t afford a dress that suited her role. However, Hosea Chanchez surprised her with a $425 bandage dress which she used for the auditions and passed because besides performing well, the dress matched her role.
2. Brian Chesky (Airbnb Founder) – Net Worth – 3.8 Billion USD
Brian Chesky, the co-founder of Airbnb, is one of the richest Americans under 40, with a breath-taking net worth of $3.8 billion.
I don’t know if Brian Chesky could have been a billionaire if it wasn’t for his friend Joe Gebbia, but what I’m sure about is that Joe Gebbia played a great role in Brian Chesky’s success.
After Brian Chesky completed his college education, he was employed in an insurance firm. However, Brian quit the job when Joe Gebbia, who was then living in San Francisco, invited him to San Francisco so that they start a company. Brian headed to San Francisco, where he created Airbnb with Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk.
Today, Airbnb is a multi-million dollar company.
3. Game of Thrones’ Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) – Net worth 9 Million USD
Lena Headey is an English actress famously known for the role she plays in Game of Thrones. She is currently among the highest-paid actors on TV as she earns approximately $2 million per episode.
Lena Headey always thanks her best friend, Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister), for her Game of Thrones’ role. During the Game of Thrones’ auditions, the show’s creators found it hard to find a person suitable for playing Cersei Lannister. However, Peter Dinklage informed them that he knew someone – Lena Headey- who could play the role perfectly.
Lena was then called to audition for Game of Thrones, and she got the role that made her rich and famous. Today, she’s worth $9 million.
N/B – Despite being big enemies in Game of Thrones, Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage are best friends in real life.
4. Jack Ma – Networth 40.3 Billion USD
Jack Ma, an investor and philanthropist, is a billionaire who owes his billions to his international internet conglomerate: Alibaba. Jack Ma always reveals that his 17 friends played a great role in taking Alibaba to greatness.
When Jack Ma came up with the idea of Alibaba, he realized that he needed to work with people for his idea to grow into a huge company. He, therefore, introduced this idea to his 23 friends and convinced them to work with him. 17 friends agreed to help him. He assigned various roles to each friend, and together they worked day and night and made Alibaba a huge success.
With this in mind, you must not lose hope in the power of friendship because you never know the role your friends will play in your journey to greatness.
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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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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