If you have made a mess of your life in the past, you are in good company. Thousands of successful people have embarked themselves on dead-end projects leading to catastrophic losses. Failure is always a discouraging experience, but wise men never view it as the end of the game.
They take some time to rest, regroup forces, and gather
resources for their next venture. The consequences of dead-end projects
are rarely lethal. Entrepreneurs that incur losses see them as the price
of pursuing their dreams. If they suffer damage to their reputation,
they pick up whatever is left and move on.
People possessed by
doubt quit when they encounter difficulties. In contrast, individuals
motivated by strong desire cannot imagine a life a passive acceptance.
Both types of persons may advance at the same speed for a while, but
only the relentless reach the end of the path.
The key to amazing resilience
persistence, like any other conviction, cannot be purchased with money.
We know that personal psychology plays an important role in how actively
people work at improving their lives, but we still ignore the precise
mechanics of motivation.
Why do certain individuals develop
extraordinary drive and exploit possibilities to the maximum? What makes
other persons in similar situations waste their lives and resources?
Biographers of high-achievers tend to agree that ambitious goals open
the door to excellent performance.
While indecisive people move
at random, determined individuals walk as fast as they can in their
chosen direction. While weak companies spread their resources too thin,
strong enterprises concentrate forces on their most profitable markets.
While the members of one group hesitate, the others are already
half-way. Their final goal makes all the difference.
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