How do you know for certain that you have the passion and commitment that will bring success and take you to the top? Here’s an example that might show you.
I’ve just been watching a TV documentary on Eddie Stobart, the famous Carlisle-based trucking company.
The company’s grown from humble origins into a massive undertaking which now additionally owns some little extras – like a motor-sport team, a helicopter, a plane… and Carlisle Airport. It even has a fan club, called the Eddie-Watchers.
Not surprisingly, the two guys who run it have the lifestyle to match, with race-horses, custom cars and all the trimmings you’d expect – but they haven’t always lived that way.
One of them, William Stobart, desperately wanted to be a trucker, even while he was still at school, but he had to wait till he was 21 to get his licence.
William had such a passion to drive trucks that he wasn’t going to wait a minute longer than he had to, so he applied for, and got, a provisional licence that would take effect as soon as he reached 21.
The night before his birthday, William never went to bed. He wasn’t partying – he was waiting for the very moment he could start to live his dream.
At one minute past midnight, William Stobart was on the road – at the wheel of his first truck.
Does your goal, your dream, your passion, mean that much to YOU?
Would you give up your birthday celebrations and your night’s sleep (or whatever the equivalent mnight be for you) because you couldn’t wait to learn a new skill… not for the rewards that it might someday bring you, but for the sheer delight of simply DOING it?
If so, congratulations – you have the passion that it takes to reach your goals.
If not, ask yourself – right now – what is it that WOULD make you feel that way?
Whatever it might be, THAT’S your true passion. If you want to be successful, find something that will let you use it.
Most things you lack right now can be supplied. You can increase your skills, your knowledge, your funding and your list of contacts. You can get almost anything you need from other people – but there’s one thing only YOU supply.
The passion that supplies your energy, determination, drive and creativity can only come from YOU… and you can’t achieve success without it. It’s the passion for doing what he loves that powers William Stobart… and it can do the same for you. Now, go find yours!
I read recently that elephants used in logging work (in some terrain they’re apparently the only way of moving heavy logs around) are kept tethered by a single rope around one leg when they’re not working. They can move around, but the rope apparently keeps them from wandering away from the camp.
Frankly, it doesn’t sound like much of an existence… but the strange thing is, they don’t need to put up with it. An elephant weighs tons, and there’s just no rope on earth could hold one that decided to break free.
Why don’t they, then?
Because they’ve been conditioned to accept the rope since they were babies. When they’re first tethered they’re small and weak enough that straining against it does no good. They haven’t got the strength to break it.
This is where the elephants’ famous memories work against them. They never forget trying to break the rope and failing to do so. Because they couldn’t break the rope when they were babies, they assume they just can’t break it – ever.
That’s why one single rope can hold a fully-grown elephant… because the elephant will never, ever, even think of breaking it.
What’s even worse – most people do the same. Most people who are told as children that they aren’t very good at something will believe that, and as grown-ups they never try again.
It might just be that they needed practice, or to be taught a better way of doing it than a child would know. Sometimes they might be shy, and need encouragement. Maybe it’s just been that a parent was tired or irritable, stressed, or simply in a hurry, and hasn’t had the patience to watch or listen properly.
Whatever the reason, words like “You’re hopeless!” or “You’ll never get it right!” or being laughed at by someone whose good opinion matters to you can all too easily turn into the equivalent of the rope around the elephant’s ankle – a shackle that will never be recognized as the weak and powerless thing it really is, but which will hog-tie the person that it’s been inflicted on… for life.
Fortunately, humans have the capacity to change their thinking. If you can learn to recognize the outdated limitations that have so far held you back from where you want to be, you can break them just as surely as an elephant could break a rope.
What would you really love to do that you’re not doing now? Professionally or personally, a career, an interest or a hobby – it doesn’t matter. What unfulfilled ambition have you buried in your mind because someone once sneered at you and told you that you never would achieve it?
It’s important that you’re absolutely honest with yourself here. Being discouraged or derided as a child is a painful and embarrassing experience, and many people cope with it by burying the whole incident, along with their ambition, in the deepest recess of their mind so that they don’t ever have to feel that way again.
Well, you don’t have to feel that way again. You don’t need to relive the bad experience – just bring out that ambition, and take another look at it.
Why did you want it – and do you still?
If it’s simply something that you’ve honestly outgrown, that’s fine. You’ve taken the sting out of a bad memory, and you don’t have to concern yourself with it any more.
Before you consign it to oblivion, though, ask yourself one more question about it.
In a perfect world, if you could be quite sure that going for it wouldn’t get you hurt again, and that you really have the talent that would help you to achieve it, and you couldn’t fail, and people would applaud your skill, not laugh at you for lack of it, would you still want to walk away from it?
Isn’t there a tiny voice inside that’s asking wistfully, “What if…?”
If so, remember that almost any skill can be learned by almost anyone who really wants to master it… and that your happiness comes not from what you get from life, but from the creative energy that you put into doing something that you love.
Remember, too, that people who (usually unintentionally) inflict that kind of inhibition on a child are often less than knowledgeable critics.
- A parent who says you can’t sing may not have the faintest clue about the kind of music that you want to sing.
- The teacher who derided your computer skills because you forgot to use the spell-check on a homework assignment may not even be aware of what you can do with spreadsheets, or how you can design a story-board for money-spinning games.
- Siblings tease because they’re siblings – that’s just how they are.
- Most people who mock others’ dreams have never tried to reach their own. They don’t want you to, either.
Don’t let the rope that someone’s disapproval tied around your ankle when you were a child prevent you, like the elephant, from going where you really want to go.
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