Who Else Wants To Shorten Their Journey To Success?

Journey

Last week I sat down to write what I thought would be a short and to the point post about how to make it so success could easily find you.

I thought it would be pretty simple.

Wrong.

It was anything but.

To give you the most value I could, I kept going…and going…and going.

It conjured up a childhood experience of watching a little pink rabbit beating a drum.

As I wrote, I began to talk about all the problems (although I dislike the word problem) that I had encountered on my own journey, after which, I went off on a wild tangent. This actually proved to be not so wild and led me to write down all the questions I was asked and I asked myself.

Hard, easy, redundant, it didn’t matter, I asked and answered them all.

As I finished those, I blurted out, “Holy shit, I still have so much to say.”

This could be because as I type, I talk to myself and I like to hear the sound of my own voice. 

Anyway, that is where we are now; the things that I still need to say.

Before you read on, if you haven’t read Part 1 or Part 2, click on either of them and it will conveniently take you to where you need to go.

If you don’t want to click, don’t worry.  I will create a semi-giant PDF file so you can download it and read it on your time, whenever you want.

Moving on…

Continuing the journey

A few days ago I went to the theater to watch a movie. Well, it wasn’t just any movie. It was Dr. Strange, which is possibly the most anticipated movie of the year, depending on who you talk to.

While the story was meh, the visuals were amazing. Buildings bending, fluorescent colors, jaw-dropping effects and most of all, magic. And I don’t mean David Blaine or Criss Angel magic. No, real, comic book magic.

It was an experience to behold. 

I left the theater feeling all warm and fuzzy inside and reflected on what I had witnessed for the better part of a few days. Understand that this was partially due to the fact that my brother, who is as big of a comic fan as I am, wasn’t with me and I could rub it in the next time I saw him. 

Joel, pink, drumming rabbits and Dr. Strange? Where are you going with this?

Bare with me.

Experience

The most amazing things in life happen because of what you experience on your journey.

You know that, I know that, and your neighbor who walks around in their underwear knows that.

  • The day you said, “I do”.
  • When you graduated from High School.
  • The day your children were born.
  • When you experienced a cold beer on a hot day for the first time.

All great experiences.

Unfortunately, sometimes you have to be patient for the experience to lead to something special.

You know that it takes at least 18 years to raise a child, a lifetime to perfect a marriage (which by the way, is never perfect) or 7 – 10 years to earn a Ph.D.

Experiences worth having take time. 

With that, I warn you.

Don’t waste them. These kinds of experiences typically only happen once.

  • One spouse.
  • One child?
  • One Ph.D.

The same principles apply to success.

In order to give yourself even the slightest chance at success, you must be willing to have a few experiences.

Success’s greatest killer

“Success is falling nine times and getting up ten.”

Jon Bon Jovi

Bon Jovi Grey Hair

Aside from the obvious beauty of his eyes, know that he’s onto something.

Don’t give up.

Last week was tough for me.

I was drained, tired, emotionally worn, and felt like throwing in the towel. Everything that I was doing seemed to be blowing up in my face. I even thought about quitting the journey that I am on. That’s tough for me to think about, let alone write about.

I’m willing to bet that you’ve been there.

In fact, I’m also willing to bet that life found a way to pick you up, dust you off, and put you right back on your journey.

Case in point, I got a letter in the mail that was addressed from a friend who lives 1400 kilometers away. The front of it read:

Thanks a Million Card

“Thanks a million.”

Success rewards persistence. It looks for the people who have gone through the highs and lows, haven’t given up, and keep moving forward.

  • Steve Jobs – Ousted from his own company.
  • Nelson Mandela – Jailed for a lifetime
  • Dave Mustaine – Kicked out of his original band
  • Michael Jordan – Cut from his high school basketball team
  • Dalton, my dog – Bounced around from home to home until he ended up with me

When you quit on success, it quits on you.

Work Smart, Not Hard.

This doesn’t mean anything more than:

Do what you love.

If you are going to find success, it will come to you a lot easier if you do something that you love.

Your choice must:

  1. Wake you up 30 minutes before the alarm.
  2. Keep you up at night because of excitement.
  3. Allow you to leave a lasting legacy.

For nearly half of my journey through life, I thought it was working with animals for me. I thought that I was destined to make an impactful difference in the animal community.

Nope.

It became clear that I needed a platform to speak and that platform became this website and everything I do around it. It confirmed itself the moment that people all over the world started to reach out to not only talk to me but thank me. 

I don’t say this to brag. Not even in the slightest. I say this because success will always show you if the path you’re on is the right one or not.

Let me ask you this, are you doing something that does all three of the above bullet points?

If not, why?

Final words

If the last portion of this three-part post seems a little too “rah-rah” for you, it’s because it is meant to be.  Your likelihood of success greatly increases when you are doing what you love versus doing something that you hate. 

  • When times get tough, and they will, you will be more likely to push through them.
  • If other’s doubt you, and they will, you will be able to look around them.
  • When you doubt yourself, and you will, it will be easier to pick yourself up.

Make no mistake, success is a long, arduous journey. While a great experience, it doesn’t happen overnight (usually) and it doesn’t happen without putting in a massive amount of work.

Worst of all, it is actually never attainable.

Before you get upset, know this. As you succeed in your endeavors, you will always raise the standard you have set for success. That’s half the fun.

Cheers to your success,

Joel

This article is one part of a 3 part series I did on success. I have translated it into a downloadable PDF for you to read. Inside the PDF there is more wholesome goodness and information on top of what is already here. Get it here:

Otherwise, find part one here and part two here.

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About Joel Scott 87 Articles
I am a family man first and foremost. Everything that I do is for my family. They keep me focused and moving forward. My world was turned upside down when I visited Africa for the first time. That trip left me with a newfound purpose in life: To cause and create profound change in every corner of our world.
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Emmalyn
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This is very inspiring. Thank you! I truly appreciate so much positivity and determination.

Joseph
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If only we could go back in time to ourselves in the past and educate! Well written and valuable post as always Joel, thanks!

Annissa
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I am not sure if I’m on the path to success or not, but I sure am loving the process! I enjoy everything I do these days. Well, maybe not every single thing, but it’s close. I can’t wait to get up and start working and I’m staying up later than I ever have before. Now I need to figure out how to get some sleep!

Vicky Law
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Awesome post, Joel!

Thanks for being so open and real. The journey with all it’s ups and downs is like that for a reason. It’s like that to shape us, to teach us a lesson and to refine us.

What hit me was when you said that when you quit on success it quits on you.

Wow!!! That was something! It needs to be engraved in gold.

Thank you!

Juanita
Guest

Thanks for being Dalton’s forever family! Pow.
I’m not going to quit on success.
I’m gonna press forward.

Great Post Joel.

Monika
Guest

You are truly an awesome writer! I love that in a book ! When you can’t put it down because you are very hungry for more! Hats off to you Joel!

Demetri Benton
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Great post Joel! Love hearing about where your journey is taking you. We live and we learn, right? Thanks for sharing!

Enricoh Alfonzo
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Amazing motivation Joel. I love the insight & wisdom shared. Didn’t know Bon Jovi said fail nine times quote. Yes it really is success’s greatest killer. I cant wait to read your book.

Dr. Lisa Thompson
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Now I want to go check out the Dr. Strange movie!

Thanks for the awesome post!

Sharon Wu
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Thank you for the motivation! Really appreciate your insight on working smarter. xo, Sharon

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