Anyone who has experienced even a very small amount of success in their life will tell you that it doesn’t come easy. Many people spend year after year chasing their dreams before achieving any sort of recognition or reward. While there are no guarantees in life, there are basic steps that can help a person to come out on top.
It doesn’t matter what it is you are shooting for, some basic principles apply to all aspects of life. Whether you are hoping to open your own candy shop or play jazz saxophone in Japan, the absolute most important step is believing in yourself completely. If you are not confident in your ability to succeed, then you won’t. The only thing that can truly stop you, is you.
If you know what you want, but don’t think that you have what it takes to make it happen, figure out what needs to change. You can’t fix a problem if you don’t identify it first. Is it a financial issue? Are you too shy? Do you not have a location? Are you not talented enough? Get to the root of what is holding you back, and then focus on changing it.
Once you have decided what it is that is standing in your way, you need to make up your mind to overcome it. Whether you need to take a class, talk to someone who you look up to, or do any number of things, the most important step is actually taking a step. Even if you only take a baby step, you are still moving forward. The path may be long but you can’t finish unless you start, right?
You will notice that once you give that snowball a push off the mountain, it will grow larger and larger. That initial first step is what will get the momentum going; it all gets easier from there! Once you have your set goal and you have decided on a means to reach it, there is nothing to hold you back. You may face hardships and failures along the way, but how you react and handle them is what will really make you succeed.
If you look at someone like Ed Slinin, who started the largest luxury transportation company in the country from the ground up, you can take inspiration from their story and try to replicate their passion, even if running a limousine company isn’t your particular cup of tea. Talk to people who have overcome the odds. Edward Slinin is one of many people who created their own success.
The bottom line is that if you don’t go for it, you won’t get it. You can’t rely on anyone else except your own self. If you have faith in yourself and take that first leap, you are capable of anything. Remember that even the greatest historical figures in the world are still only human.