“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
– Thomas A. Edison
I’m sure you’ve probably come across people who seem to always have the stars align in their favor. Those who seem to never run out of luck and constantly have awesome opportunities falling into their lap. When you first encounter these individuals, you may quickly assume that they’ve come from a fortunate, well-off background. That they are accustomed to having everything served up in a silver platter and pretty, bowed Tiffany boxes. Hence, it’s of little wonder that they are leading a rosy, charmed life brimming with of opportunities.
As you peek closer look into their life however, it’ll be revealed to you that it is often quite the contrary. You found out that perhaps their story were not far off than yours – or maybe, that somewhere during their life’s journey, they had to overcome greater obstacles, difficulties and/or challenges than you did. Yet, despite it all, they were able to defy the odds and achieve a level of success that many never thought were possible.
Truth of the matter is that many of those who achieve a life of success aren’t those who were not exactly those brought up with a trust fund aka trust fund babies. In fact, 2/3 of the world’s current Billionaires had started at the bottom and worked their all way to the top. Their immense success is essentially nothing other than the result of their blood, sweat and tears. And the good news is that according to Forbes.com, there are now more self-made Billionaires than ever before!
So how exactly do they do it?
Well, contrary to how it often appears, lasting success does not happen overnight. It not only takes hard work but also persistence. It takes a deep, relentless commitment to give it all they’ve got, day in and day out. It is making the most out of opportunities that come their way, no matter how ordinary, mundane and/or challenging they may initially appear to be.
People who choose to be better look at every experience as an opportunity to learn and grow, tends to find it easier to keep moving forward towards whatever it is they set their eyes on. They know that life can be unpredictable and it can often be the furthest from being fair. Nevertheless, they choose to use each experience – the good, the bad, and the ugly – as an opportunity to step closer to the realizing the life they’ve always imagined.
Like everyone else, I’ve experienced my share of struggles and doubts, and I found that the best antidote when I find myself in a situation where the going gets tough is to choose to not succumb to self-pity and embrace each experience as a stepping stone to get where I want to be.
It’s crucial to keep in mind that “it’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think you’re not ”. Don’t let the negative chatter from others nor your ego holds you down. Believe that YOU are the designer of your destiny and that you can achieve whatever you as long as you are willing to work for it. Don’t be afraid to shoot for the moon, because that even if you miss, you’ll still land amongst the stars. 🙂