Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Mackay: If you believe, you are sure to succeed

"Some people succeed because they are destined to, but most people succeed because they are determined to."

When Henry Ford said those oh-so-true words, he wasn't just talking about himself - even though he was the epitome of determination. He went belly-up several times, but never lost sight of his goal. He believed in himself and in what he was doing. In the end, he was so right.

Don't ever let anyone tell you that you can't accomplish your goals. Who says you're not tougher, better, harder-working, smarter and more able than your competition? It doesn't matter if they say you can't do it. The only thing that matters is if you say it. If you believe in yourself, there's hardly anything you can't accomplish.

Most actors fail before they succeed. Gene Hackman and Dustin Hoffman were both voted by their acting classmates as "least likely to succeed." And how many of those classmates can boast an Academy Award? Woody Allen failed in both the motion-picture-production classes he attended in college. Lucky for him, his film audiences gave him better grades. Harrison Ford was told by movie executives that he simply didn't have what it took to be a star. Of course, he proved them wrong by starring in "Star Wars," the Indiana Jones series and a string of movies that have grossed more than $6 billion.

Some of the most successful singers in history have overcome bumpy starts as well. Diana Ross and the Supremes were flops on their first nine records, but the 10th took them to the top of the charts. After only one performance, Elvis Presley was fired in 1954 by Jimmy Denny, manager of the Grand Ole Opry, who told him, "You ain't going nowhere, son. You ought to go back to driving a truck." One recording company executive told the Beatles: "We don't like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out."

What part of "no" didn't these people understand? The part that said "no confidence." They had every confidence that they could achieve and succeed.

Business legends are no different. We all know about inspirational success stories such as Bill Gates, Col. Harland Sanders and R.H. Macy.

As I've said so many times, if we want to triple our success ratio ... we might have to triple our failure rate.

Any time I feel like quitting, I just look at a framed poster I have hanging in our office:

- He failed in business in '31.

- He ran as a state legislator and lost in '32.

- He tried business again in '33 and failed again.

- His fiancee died in '35.

- He had a nervous breakdown in '36.

- He was defeated for Congress in '43, defeated again for Congress in '48, defeated when he ran for the Senate in '55 and defeated for vice presidency of the United States in '56.

- He ran for Senate again in '59 and lost.

This man never quit. He kept trying till the last. In 1860, this man -- Abraham Lincoln -- was elected president of the United States.

Mackay's Moral: You must believe if you want to achieve.

by Harvey Mackay April 25, 2011

Mackay: If you believe, you are sure to succeed

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