I found this fantastic brochure on staying alive on the pursuit of success in LIFE. I have really come across some very interesting stuff on the pursuit of motivation and leadership and a lot such similar sounding words but this is by far one of the best one I have come across.
Why is it that we fail in life?
Is it because we are not smart enough? Is it because we don’t know the technicalities of something? Is it because our people skills are bad? Is it because we didn’t do well in school to get good grades? I am sure I can come up with a lot of similar sounding questions and the answers would be equally varied. But I have never come across an answer more convincing than “I gave up”. I guess that perhaps is the single most important and sensible reason for failure in life. It reminds me of a dialogue from the movie Tin Tin –
“There is something you need to know about failure Tin Tin, you can never let it defeat you”
Without much ado, let us try and see what the above brochure is trying to tell us
1) Stay Alive
Yes of course! This is the most important thing. There will be a lot of situations which push you down, which make you feel sad, which make you worry and also make you think that life is over. But find a way to stay alive. There will be light in the darkest corner of the sky. Just ensure that you are there to see it. It is very easy to give up and put your hands on your head and say it is all over. You can do that any day. It takes guts to stay alive, it takes guts to believe, it takes guts to stick to your guns when everything around you is falling apart. Success doesn’t lie in never falling, it lies in getting up as soon as possible and STAYING ALIVE
2) Lower your expectations
It is very optimistic of us to say that we are going to invent a product and the next day there would be a queue of people who would want to buy it no matter what price we quote. I am not here to shatter that dream of yours but I am going to tell you that inventing is just a part of the business. There is marketing, there is sales, there is brand building, there is negotiation, there is compromises and so much more. Though I would like to shoot to the stars, I would also like to know that it is sometimes unreasonable that a star comes in search of you. It takes time, it takes effort but it does come. Over 99.9% of the success has taken time, it has not happened overnight. So.. respect the time and cling on to your belief, it is bound to come with the right approach
3) Don’t be a wimp!
You are way stronger than you tell yourself and others know you as and infact stronger than you yourself know you as. You are more capable to handle the pain than you think. It is very natural and easy to drown in the glory of self pity and keep feeling sorry for yourself. If you keep feeling sorry about the way things are, you will keep feeling sorry for the rest of your life. So.. Buck up, it is going to be a tough wind out there, brace it. You were not born or raised to be a quitter! Remember, The Greatest Mistake We Will Ever Make In Life Is Living In Constant Fear That We Will Make One
We don’t mean to say that you should be stuck in the same loop forever. If plan A doesn’t work, go for plan B and then plan C. You have 26 letters there and if that doesn’t suffice you have A1 to An and then keep going on.. Point is, it depends on how much you believe in the dream, how much you believe in whatever you have put in for it. Nowhere on the birth certificate was it said that you would succeed at everything you put your hands on in life. You are going to miss out on a few things and the reasons might be as simple as a wrong timing or a big trust issue. But you gotta persist, the moment you give up or think of giving up, the dream dies and so does all the effort to get there.
5) Fake it!
If you are falling short of motivation, FAKE IT! Think of how it will be to succeed. Think of all the dreams you would be realizing, think of how people around you would respond to it. You don’t have to wait for that one final day when success will sweep you off your feet, you can celebrate each day, be motivated by every event and that drives you forward and keeps driving you forward.
6) Don’t compare!
Your life will always be different compared to your peers. The efforts they have put in and the efforts you have put in are different. There is something very special told about an entrepreneur – success comes to you like an exponential scale, all the effort that you have put in, all the sacrifices you have made will pay you back. You just have to wait till the tipping point where the scale changes. It will never be similar to what your friends or peers have but it will be that much better. So don’t worry about comparing, you are fighting with a bigger target here.
7) The night is the darkest before dawn.
We have heard of a hundred inspirational stories where people have flipped their lives in that one decisive moment the moment where they decided to persist, it may be SONY or KFC or APPLE or MICROSOFT, they have all had those bad days, the days which have made them think whether they should wind up. But what made them stay was that they decided to test the waters a little more and that little more made a hell lot of a difference !
Still thinking of giving up?