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Let’s face it, when we were young we all had goals and dreams that we wanted to accomplish. Then as we grew into adults, got our first job life started to settle in. Maybe you met someone and got married and had children. Yet all of the fervor that we had in our youth to “get after it” got put to the wayside and eventually our goals and dreams wound up on the shelf to collect dust. Well if you are reading this article then it is never too late to dust them off and pursue them again.
Colonel Sanders, founder of KFC, started his dream at age 65 (when most people would have retired) because he was mad when he received his first Social Security check of $105 (I’d be mad too) so he did something about it. He went out and marketed his famous recipe of 11 herbs and spices and was rejected 1009 times before someone gave him a shot and said yes. And the rest as they say is history. He didn’t let his age stop him from pursuing his goal. So what is your excuse? What is stopping you from pursuing your goals and dreams?
For most people it’s fear of failure. For example: Imagine pursuing a goal and telling all of your friends and family that you’re going to go start your own business only to find out that it’s not as easy as you thought. What would they think if you didn’t make it? Maybe they would say things like: Well you’re a cashier, or an office clerk or a teacher or what ever it is that you may be doing. They don’t see you as being a successful business person because they don’t believe you know anything about running a business. Oftentimes when you step out in faith to try something bold and different your friends and family can either be your biggest supporters in pushing you towards success or your biggest detractors in pulling you away from it. You need to distinguish the difference and listen to that still inner voice inside of you that says that you can.
Like this woman for example who by no means was an overnight success. She was penniless, recently divorced and raising a child on her own. She wrote her very first manuscript on an old manual typewriter and it was rejected by 12 publishers before one would agree to publish it only to later tell the woman to get a day job because there was no money in children’s books. Now if J.K. Rowling stopped at the first rejection or even the fifth, would we have “Harry Potter”? Probably not.
Or what about the guy who applied to the prestigious University of Southern California film school and was denied not once but twice and went to Cal State Long Beach instead. He went on to direct some of the biggest movie blockbusters in history and today is worth an estimated $3.2 billion dollars. In 1994 he received an honorary degree from the film school that twice rejected him. His name is Steven Spielberg. Oh and let’s not forget Theodor Seuss Giesel. We all know him as Dr. Seuss, the man that gave us “The Cat in the Hat” and “Green Eggs and Ham” had his first book “To Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street” rejected 27 times.
Failure is an event and not a person. Therefore don’t let fear of failure paralyze you and keep you from reaching your potential. And don’t make excuses as to why you can’t succeed. You can succeed. But watch out because the biggest killer of goals and dreams is procrastination. We’re all guilty of putting things off. We make excuses like. “as soon as I finish this project… then I’ll, or “when my kids are back in school” and before you know it nothing gets done. Remember if you have an excuse then you already have everything that you need to fail. Don’t procrastinate, take action now!
write by Baldwin