Do you also wish to bag all the Grammy awards like Bruno Mars (6 to be specific 😉 in 2018) ? For all the students in India going to appear for their boards- Do you wish to score like(or more than) Raksha Gopal did in 2017 (topped CBSE class XII board with 99.6%)? What’s the big secret behind their huge accomplishments?
The secret of success: Stop wishing. Start doing.
It really surprises me when I see people wasting their precious time looking for some cheat codes to skyrocket their business or overnight success. What they don’t realize is that the only genuine approach is starting in the first place. Yes, I know it’s a lot of hard work, even hard to maintain and harder to grow. All your anxieties and insecurities come attacking you like the giant man-eating shark attacks beachgoers in the Jaws film. 😯 But you have to start somewhere right? You can’t win the race if you never start.
How did they do it?
- GrubHub co-founder Matt Maloney took his food ordering service from a poor start to a company worth more than $3 billion with nearly 10 million active diners, and approximately 75,000 restaurant partners. – We get the best ideas when there’s a problem to solve. The wonderful idea for GrubHub came when Matt Maloney and Mike Evans were working on geographic lookup searches for com. calling restaurants and reading out credit card details all the time irked them. That’s when Matt thought for a one-stop shop for food delivery. They decided to start GrubHub, which is now America’s largest restaurant ordering platform.
- Howard Schultz grew up in Brooklyn public housing and went on to grow Starbucks into an $84 billion business which is now the largest coffeehouse company in the World. – Howard is a self-made billionaire who reformed the coffee business. Thanks to him, we know today what a latte is. Howard came from a poor family in the Brooklyn projects. He first came across Starbucks at Hammarplast. He traveled to Seattle to meet the company’s then owners, Gerald Baldwin and Gordon Bowker. They had few stores in Seattle, but had surprisingly large number of orders for drip coffeemakers. He travelled to Milan where he was amazed with the swanky espresso cafes all over Italy. They were not just stores but also place to meet people and spend spare time. Ultimately, he bought starbucks and made it a Massively Successful Worldwide Brand.
Surely, you can keep on wishing that someday you’ll get a superpower of intangibility. But you cannot have an unrealistic goal to go and bang your head into the wall to check if you can actually pass through it. 😳 So have some practical goals and start working towards them. But how long should you wait till you finally succeed?
Behind every successful man, there’s a lot of unsuccessful years.
Alright I know that you might instantly start arguing that it’s after all a woman’s support that counts in any man’s success. But I beg to differ- I believe that any person’s success (not only a man) depends on that person; depends on how hard they are working to accomplish their goals in life.
Answer this quick question- How many of you have ever faced rejections in life? Got a ‘NO’ for a job applied? Already having a bad day and your Uber driver cancelled the ride or as it happens most of the times in India, the auto or taxi driver just straightaway refuses to take you in (tell me about it! 😕 ). Released a music album and got totally roasted on social mediasphere. Yes, we all have faced rejections at some point of our lives. The miserable feeling of rejection and ultimately failure unnecessarily put you under stress. You’ve to let go of that ‘NO’ moment and look forward to work towards the next ‘YES’.
Do you know how long it took Michael Jordan to succeed in his life? He was rejected from his high school’s varsity basketball team because he didn’t reach the minimum height required; which was a big blow to him. He openly admits to failing in a famous Nike commercial. He quotes saying- I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots, lost almost 300 games, and on 26 occasions missed what would have been a game-winning shot. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. He’s the most famous player in the history of basketball game-winning NBA Championship 6 times, MPV trophy 5 times, NCAA titles and two Olympic gold medals.
Everybody knows- As an inventor, Thomas Edison tried almost 1,000 times to invent the light bulb. When a reporter asked, “How did it feel to fail 1,000 times?” Edison replied, “I didn’t fail 1,000 times. The light bulb was a development with 1,000 steps.”
Success doesn’t come with the blink of an eye. Sometimes it takes us years to achieve success with a lot of highs and lows. It takes a lot of endurance, commitment hard work. So don’t be disheartened in your wait. Resolve to cross that finish line and you will succeed in the end.
The elevator to success is out of order. You have to take the stairs.
Most of us are familiar with this quote. Even Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group believes in taking the stairs. In a recent blog post, he wrote that an “entrepreneur is essentially taking the stairs every day of his/her career.” Of course he also emphasizes on physically taking the stairs whenever you can, mostly if you’re busy working all day. He advises to focus on a gradual climb to success with inevitable failures and setbacks along the way. He suggests taking the slower route. You’ll be able to learn from your experience and be ready for a future of success. “Rather than getting to the top without the experience, you will have years of experience, failure, learnings, climbing stairs, to fall back on.”
Success is different for everyone. Everyone has their own fascinating definition. Some people want six figure income whereas some want a zero figure size. Sort out the things you want to achieve in life and think what better you can do in addition to what you’re already doing. Remind yourself daily to keep moving forward in the directions of your dreams.
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