“The saints are the sinners who keep on trying.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson
The winners are the losers who keep trying.
Have you ever chatted with a billionaire? How about a multimillionaire or simply someone you look up to or aspire to be like, or adopt some aspect of his life…
I have with every instance above.
I’ve chatted with billionaires, and they’re impressive. I’ve talked at length with guys who’ve grown their net worth into the hundreds of millions.
I’ve had great conversations with guys I look up to, who’ve done things that I would love to do, but in all honesty, a part of me feels as though I’m ‘unworthy’ of doing what they’ve done.
The best explanation of this seeming gap between high-achievers and those who never get close to their potential was best explained in an episode of Ballers, the show that Dwayne Johnson is in…
His character had a chat with his business partner about going after the big things in life versus not. He told a story of his old man, who met his boss after years of working for him and came to the conclusion after chatting with the guy that he wasn’t all that different from him…
“We’re all just guys”, was the line he used.
And it’s completely true.
From all the awesome conversations I’ve had with high performers and achievers, I could whittle it down to a characteristic that they possess that others don’t, but that wouldn’t necessarily be true.
Most of them focus better than the rest, because they choose to.
They stick to a single path and work harder while they’re on that path.
But at the same time, some are scatterbrained and go after everything, not just one thing (though I think this isn’t the greatest way to do things, it has worked).
Others are naturally lazy, they fight and defeat that laziness, of course, but they hire others who do a lot of the work for them, they’re essentially idea-men.
Some are natural leaders, but not all.
Some have impressive confidence, others lack it completely.
We are, indeed, all just guys. Some believe we belong in certain places, others don’t.
Some believe they deserve or can achieve success, others don’t.
What I do know is that you have to give yourself the best chance to win.
Laziness has never won anyone anything.
Constantly deviating from the path you’ve set yourself on will make success less likely.
Quitting will guarantee failure.
That there is the commonality, none of the super successful fellas I’ve talked to are quitters. They keep moving forward, they’re always moving forward. In fact, they fail MORE than most, they just also keep trying long after their competition has quit.
No matter where you are, what you’ve done up to this point, there is always another opportunity if you choose to go out and work hard enough that you’ll deserve it.
If you’re down, get up, dust yourself off, make no excuses, see the challenges and relish in the continual work it will take to struggle through them.