Words With Oz

"Be a craftsman in speech that thou mayest be strong, for the strength of one is the tongue, and speech is mightier than all fighting." - The Maxims of Ptahhotep (XXXIV)

Success’ Most Important Lesson

My parents were both school teachers. They taught me a lot. Though, they never taught me success’ most important lesson. The lesson is not taught by educators but by experience.

The only way to succeed is to not stop – until it’s done.

Take a moment now to think back to when we were children. When our imagination ran wild and our self belief was so steadfast that achieving any dream was not beyond bounds. Maybe we wanted to be an astronaut and fly to the moon? Or a professional sportsperson? Perhaps we wanted to act, entertain and see our name in bright lights. Was it achieved? If not, why not?

We dream and we begin to chase it. Then it gets hard and we need help, we need a push, we need someone to show us the way. We look to our friends, family and teachers for some motivation, for some advice...

Have you ever heard these statements:

  • try your best;
  • why don’t you try this...;
  • that’s impossible; or
  • follow the rules?

Normally made by the people in our lives that love us the most - parents, teachers, friends and family. Unintentional Belief Squashers. That’s what they were told, that’s what they know, that’s what generations of education has taught us.

Imagine, instead, if we were told:

  • You’re not done. Keep going.
  • Try harder than you think you can.
  • When you think you’re done, you’ve still got some left.

Imagine if we were told that to achieve our wildest dream we need the ability to work, to have the internal drive to Never Give Up. Imagine if we were taught and sincerely comprehended what ‘never giving up’ actually meant, what it felt like. Would we reach the same results or would we try harder, give more and not stop - until it was done.

The idea is simple. We can accomplish whatever we desire. Ask ourselves - 'What do we want?' and then do that, but if we make that choice, do it all out and don’t ever give up.

In any endeavour, the only constant that ensures success is to not stop – until it’s done.

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