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The One Thing, Successful People Never Do

You can be successful in your job and career but you can also be successful in your family, at sports or a hobby. Whatever success you are after there is one thing all successful people have in common: Their ferocious drive and hunger for success makes them never give up. 

Successful people (or the people writing about them) often paint a picture of the perfect ascent to success. But the reality is many have failed numerous times but they have never given up. Successful people are able to pick themselves up, dust themselves off and carry on.

The truly successful won’t be beaten; they take responsibility for failure, learn from it and start all over from a stronger position. If one path do not lead to success they take the other path, but still towards success.

Following are some examples that should be an inspiration to anyone who aspires to be successful.

Henry Ford

His first venture to build a motor car got dissolved a year and a half after it was started because the stockholders lost confidence in Henry Ford. Despite the fact that the entire motor industry had lost faith in him he managed to find another investor to start the Ford Motor Company – and the rest is history.

Walt Disney

Before the great success came a number of failures. Believe it or not, Walt was fired from an early job at the Kansas City Star Newspaper because he was not creative enough! In 1922 he started his first company called Laugh-O-Gram. The Kansas based business would produce cartoons and short advertising films. In 1923, the business went bankrupt. Walt didn’t give up, he packed up, went to Hollywood and started The Walt Disney Company.

Richard Branson

When he was 16 he dropped out of school to start a student magazine that didn’t do as well as he hoped. He then set up a mail-order record business which did so well that he opened his own record shop called Virgin. Along the way to success came many other failed ventures including Virgin Cola, Virgin Vodka, Virgin Clothes, Virgin Vie, Virgin cards, etc. He is undoubtedly a successful entrepreneur with many successful ventures to his name including Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Music and Virgin Active and now Virgin Galactic. A Virgin Galactic spaceship crashed a month ago…let‘s see how he recovers.

Oprah Winfrey

In her earlier career she had numerous set-backs, which included getting fired from her job as a reporter because she was ‘unfit for television’, getting fired as co-anchor for the 6 O’clock weekday news on WJZ-TV and being demoted to morning TV.  But now she ranks No 1 in the Forbes celebrity list and is recognized as the queen of entertainment and has an amazing career as iconic talk show host, media proprietor, actress and producer.

J.K. Rowling

Many rejected her manuscript outright for reasons like ‘it was far too long for a children’s book’ or because ‘children books never make any money’. J.K. Rowling’s story is even more inspiring because when she started she was a divorced single mum on welfare. Her ―Harry Potter‖ books sold over 400 million copies and made it one of the most successful and lucrative book and film series ever.

Bill Gates

He set up a business called Traf-O-Data, partnering with, Paul Allen and Paul Gilbert based on a good idea, but a flawed business model that left the company with few customers. The company ran up losses between 1974 and 1980 before it was closed. However, Bill Gates and Paul Allen took what they learned and avoided those mistakes when they created the Microsoft Empire.

History is littered with many more similar examples:

  • Milton Hershey failed in his first two attempts to set up a confectionary business.
  • H.J. Heinz set up a company that produced horseradish, which went bankrupt shortly after.
  • Steve Jobs got fired from Apple, the company he founded. Only to return a few years later to turn it into one of the most successful companies ever.

The above gives enough inspiration and motivation for everyone who aspires to be successful in whatever way they chose.

The one thing successful people never do is: Give up their desire to be successful!

If you want to succeed you should expect failure along the way. Failure can spur you on and make you try even harder. You could argue that every experience of failure increases the hunger for success. When you experience failure; treasure the moment. This is the time you will pick yourself up, dust yourself and carry on. Take responsibility for failure, learn from it and start all over from a stronger position.

You will enjoy and reminiscence the journey, more than the destination.

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