Among the many success guru’s I’ve reached out to and have had the privilege of learning from. I was surprised to have the words of wisdom about success delivered by Steve Harvey. After all, when I think of him, I think of a comedian. Even as a comedian I don’t think of him as a representative of my demographic, being young, hip, and new school….you know, a millennial. but I was taken by surprise at the way his advice hit so close to home for me. This must mean that it’s a universal principle and can be applied to all demographics, all backgrounds, and all peoples who are looking for success. When you are studying success, it doesn’t matter where the advice comes from, so long as it remains true in all circumstances.
Harvey says that in order to be successful, you must take a leap of faith. You must jump as if off a cliff in the hopes that your parachute will open and you can soar. He stresses the notion of leaping out on faith but also gives a guarantee that when you jump, your parachute will not open right away. Not the most comforting part of his advice but is surely realistic. You probably will not hit a home run your very first time at the plate in the major leagues. You probably will not return a kick off for a touchdown in the very first game of your rookie season in the NFL. So it is not likely that when you take your leap of faith (as you must) that your ability to soar will become innate. It is not likely that you have an instinct to be successful. Success is a learned behavior.
As many people want to live their dreams, both small and large, they must put up with the fact that turning them into a reality may not happen right away. There are plenty of failures, let downs and set backs that would make your experience difficult in the beginning. What separates the successful few from the herd is the ability to press on. To move from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm. To continue to venture out, to try harder, upping the bet, creating even larger goals and taking even more action than what was originally planned. When you’re tugging on that rip cord as you descend, and you bump into the sides of the cliff, then you rip and scrape your sides, as everything and everyone around you is telling you to give up, you must know that giving up is not an option. You must equate giving up and failure as a death, for you to save your own life, you must not give up, you must pull and tug and do whatever it takes to get that damn chute open.
Venturing out not only requires a leap of faith, but it also means resiliency. The ability to put up with temporary failure, and when you are success driven, it is always a temporary set back you will experience. As if you are running to a finish line and you trip and fall, you get back up, brushing off your temporary set back and continue the road as planned. Staying on the ground is not apart of the process. It is not where you will remain. Bumping into obstacles can be expected, though remaining stagnate is not an option.
You can be afraid to launch your product, to write your book, to ask for that girls hand in marriage, to stake your claim in this world. Then, you must know that it will not be easy to be successful in these endeavors, however when you simply do not give up, in the end you will get it right. By virtue of trying nearly everything possible, you will get the right methodology, the right formula, and the right people to bring your dreams you covet so dearly in life. It takes just as much energy to have a mediocre existence as it does to have an extraordinary life. You must simply focus your attentions on the things that will bring you success, make you extraordinary, and provide you the quality of life you deserve and that you’ve risked everything else to attain. Continue to venture out and place no limits on what your success should and can look like.