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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.”
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:
- Wake you up 30 minutes before the alarm.
- Keep you up at night because of excitement.
- 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.
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?
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,
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: