When I spoke to a group of 180 first-years in their college, almost all raised their hands when I asked them if they wanted to be successful. Almost all had a twinkle in their eyes when they thought about where they would be in 50 years. Almost all wanted to make it. But, when I told them that by the time they would turn 65 only 2 out of them would be successful, and 110 of them would be broke and dependent on others, their faces fell in shock. I honestly wasn’t trying to be a kill-joy. I wasn’t trying to be morbid. I was just trying to give them a reality-check which I myself had when I read these statistics. More importantly, I wanted to give them a push to ensure that this did not happen.
There is a price to be paid to gain anything and success is no different. But, the price we often imagine for success is quite far from the truth sometimes and it’s time we get a reality-check to remind us what we need to do, where we need to go and where we will end up if we don’t get it right. Today, this is your reality check. You are welcome!
Last week I posted a video on YouTube which was all about conquering our mind in order to succeed and the amount of power our mind has just baffles me constantly, especially because we do not give it enough credit. Everything begins with the mind and it shouldn’t be surprising then that the price to be paid for success involves our minds too.
So, based on my reading of Earl Nightingale’s book ‘The Strangest Secret‘, here is what I learnt about the price we need to pay for success.
Success is not just achieving that goal you had in your mind but the ‘progressive realization of that worthy ideal’. Basically, just the fact that you are moving towards your goal means you are successful. So, that should make most of us successful, right? Nope, not really.
Based on surveys reported in the book, 19 out of 20 people have no idea what they are working towards. They have no idea why they get up and go to work every single day. They have no idea why they are working where they are working. They have no idea what they want. They have nothing to move towards. Therefore, 19 out of 20 people are not successful. 95% of our population is not successful! How sad is that?
But, the good news is, there is a way to change that and it all begins in the….you know the answer to this one…yes, the MIND!
So, the price of success is:-
We need to understand that we are literally what we think about. If you think angry, unproductive, impure, narrow, boring thoughts, you will be angry, unproductive, impure, narrow and boring. There is no ignoring this fact. So, in order to control our lives, we need to control our thoughts. That is the price of success.
We need to let our mind soar to whatever it can imagine without imposing limitations on it. That is the only way to break barriers, think outside the box, shatter the glass ceiling and achieve whatever other success clichés you can think of right now. We need to rise above all the narrow-minded ways to achieve success that we imagine and all the other pettiness that keeps us engulfed in rottenness and think beyond. That is the price of success.
- Being Courageous
We need to force ourselves to think positively and passionately about where we want to go and who we want to be, regardless of what success to others looks like. If you live, behave, act and think exactly like the others around you then you will be part of the 19 people out of the 20. You will be part of that crowd who doesn’t necessarily know where they are going. So, we need to break away and forge our own path passionately, promptly, decisively and courageously. That is the price of success.
We need to act in accordance with our thoughts, imagination and courage and give ourselves up to our passions and new found goals with a dedication and commitment that is rare but definitely worth it. You can choose to be lukewarm in your lives journey but your life will be lukewarm too. So, live like you have never lived before, act as though it was impossible to fail and push yourself beyond your limits. That is the price of success.
The price of success begins in the mind. Those who find a way to control their mind, find their way to success as well. Hoping to see you all there!