To be really successful, you must never stop learning, never stop trying and never fear failure
According to Credit Suisse, Global Wealth Databook, 2018 less than 10% of the global population owns 84% of the global wealth! If you just want a 9-5 job, food thrice a day, a little shelter, a wife and kids, weekend outings etc, you are just like the 90% owning 16% of the world wealth. But If you want to be among the top 10%, you must stop doing what else 90% are doing.
We are living in a strange world where everyone wants to be successful. We are inspired by successful entrepreneurs – their lifestyle, name and fame. But as far as following them or learning from them is concerned, our input becomes ZERO. Instead of action, most resort to excuses: they’ve been lucky; their government supports them; this can’t be done in Pakistan; my education is not good enough; I’m tired, I’ve no time, I’m not raised well, and when nothing works, most resport leave the failure to fate.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else – Benjamin Franklin
Do not expect to learn about success from quitters or those who could not sort out what to do with their life. Remember, success is not for a lazy person; so do not try to suppress your desire to become a success through false beliefs or excuses. But success does not merely depend on education, or what education has become in the present age. A constant struggle to get academic degrees has reduced most students into mindless zombies.
Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school – Albert Einstein
So how much do you think you remember from what you learned in school? Hardly antything, I bet! The education system is just feeding pointless knowledge into studnets mind that does not stick or survive for long in the real world. But what is worse is that the system is taking away the humans ability to think independently, suppressing curiosity and snubbing creativity.
A wise man can learn more from a foolish question than a fool can learn from a wise answer – Bruce Lee
So you really cannot expect to learn much while in school, so make an effort to really educat yourself once you find the time from pursuing your mandatory degree. Nurture your quest for knowledge; get your hands on self-help books and make sure to implement the ideas. Seek advice from those who have already achieved what you wish to as well as learn from those who do not have what you already have. The second type will tell you what not to do and the first one will teach you what to do.
Also, do not be afraid to make mistakes. The system has had us believe that mistakes are bad and must be avoided. That is why most people hesitate trying new things, become fearful of failure and losses it can accompany.
A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new – Albert Einstein
If you are a kind of person who gives up after a temporary defeat, then you are equipped for success. One of the greatest misconception that has been fed in our mind is that failure is the opposite of success. No! It isn’t. Failure is a part of success, you cannot encounter success without experience failure.
Don’t Quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a CHAMPION – Muhammad Ali
Whenever you encounter defeat, just find solace in the fact that Thomas Edison failed around 10,000 times before inventing the bulb, JK Rowling was rejected by 12 publishers before the publication of Harry Potter, Bill Gates first company was nothing but a failure, Colonel Sanders – Founder of KFC -was rejected by 1,009 restaurants before one agreed on his idea, Sylvester Stallone was rejected by around 1,500 talent scouts, Charlie Chaplin was considered a failure, so was Walt Disney and Steve Jobs and Henry Ford and Abraham Lincoln. Every successful person persisted for success, and you must do if you want it bad enough!
As a matter of fact, there is no such thing as failure, if you are keen on learning. If you encounter defeat, it means God or life is trying to teach you something new. Learn from it, do it again and again, and again until you succeed. For sometimes all you need is a little more push.
Many of life’s failure are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up – Thomas Edison
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