Is there such a thing as a natural-born leader? Or a natural-born sales person? Or natural-born anything?
I say no.
I say there are just people who keep trying, even when it isn’t easy. I say don’t quit! Don’t stop trying to get better or figure it out. Anything worth doing well is worth doing poorly until you get better.
Where would we be if these folks had given up?
- Thomas Edison he tried more than 9,000 experiments before he created the first successful light bulb.
- Walt Disney’s Laugh-O-Gram studio went bankrupt.
- Michael Jordan was cut from high school basketball team because of his “lack of skill”.
- Abraham Lincoln plummeted into financial ruin as a young shopkeeper. lost eight elections, twice failed in business and suffered a nervous breakdown
- Milton Hershey failed dismally in his initial attempts to open a candy store.
- Henry Ford’s Detroit Automobile Company went bankrupt before reorganizing as Ford Motor Company.
- Bill Gates was a Harvard University dropout.
- H.J. Heinz’s venture to sell horseradish flopped before his recipe for ketchup met with commercial success.
“Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative and creation, there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, and then providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents, meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
There is a book out called “Tough times never last, but tough people do” I would say our current “tough times” call for each of us to be a little tougher, a little better and a little more passionate about reaching our goals.