So…lots of people will disagree with this but I believe that success is not required of anyone. I also believe that everyone has an opportunity to succeed. That last part there, the part about opportunity, that’s the part that not everyone will agree with.
I understand why, I mean knowing that you actually do have the opportunity to succeed has been known to put pressure on people to try and leverage that opportunity. To a whole lotta people that just looks like too much work.
So instead, they simply say that they don’t have the chance to succeed.
Let’s talk about those opportunities for a minute. We should all be clear that not every opportunity is created equal. Some people have far more and far better opportunities than others. Depending on where you were born, depending in some cases on when you were born, and sadly, very sadly, even depending all too often on the color of your skin, your opportunities can vary greatly. (yes, I know there are more factors that can come into play but this isn’t intended to be a complete list)
Here’s what all successful people know; regardless of circumstances, regardless of any obstacles, regardless of anything someone else may do to try to stop you, if you want success enough, you can have it.
Hard work, smart work, good planning, and desire can overcome almost ANY circumstance or obstacle. Yes, there are places on this earth where the challenges can make even basic success nearly impossible but “nearly impossible” is not impossible. I should also point out that if you’re reading this you’re not likely reading it from one of those places.
If you’re sitting in Texas, or London, or Rio, or Tokyo and you’re saying “well, what about the people in Syria, (or pick your own place or people) see, not everyone can succeed,” as an excuse for your own lack of success then I have to tell you that’s just an excuse for you not to try and it’s a pretty lame excuse at that.
You have to decide if you’re going to let chance, circumstances, past history and the opinions of others prevent you from achieving the success that is available to you. You also have to decide exactly what success means to you.
Success is very personal, my success and your success are likely are least somewhat different. You don’t have to do what others expect of you to consider yourself a success but you do have to be honest with yourself. Sitting around wasting your talent and abilities could be someone’s definition of success but most people wouldn’t think it was a good one.
Complaining about what you can’t do has the ability to prevent you from doing what you can do so stop complaining about what isn’t and create what will be…you know you can do it!
There is no requirement that anyone succeed at anything but everyone should know that success is within their reach if they are willing to actually reach for it. YOU are a part of that “everyone” and now that you know you can succeed you have a choice to make. I hope you make it a good one.
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… and even as you succeed you must continue striving for success as entitled status quo people seethe with jealousy and give you extra obstacles or even try to sabotage your success. Whether or not you achieve success cannot begin unless you try. Trying in the face of insurmountable obstacles and failing is far better than ruminating about giving up when given the opportunity for success.
Spot on comment Michael. I don’t know a single truly successful person who didn’t have obstacles to overcome on their way to success. They CHOOSE to succeed anyway.
I heartily agree with both of you!
The achievement of “success” depends on how you define it. But, any way you define it, it typically (and sadly) is much harder and takes longer than you first think.
It is much easier to blame your lack of success on your circumstances (as though successful people have fewer or less difficult circumstances). As you both point out, everyone faces real obstacles to success.
Two quotes are in order–
— “Success is never on sale. You always have to pay FULL price.”
— “Success is never owned; it is only rented – and the rent is due every day.” -Rory Vaden
Two excellent quotes, thanks for adding them!
Steve, good post.