The Rules For "Success"
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Although Gates was accepted in Harvard after scoring excellent result in his SATs, he left to start off his own company and never went back to the university to obtain his degree. Some resources tell us that Gates, who believed that every house will one day own a computer, had tried to sell his software idea to another company but to no avail. No one shared his vision. However, Gates remained convicted in his beliefs and went on to form Microsoft, which later on proved them wrong!
When you love something so much, you practice without ceasing and attempt to perfect it and people begin to appreciate you for it. Those who make the most money are those who usually excel at what they truly love!
5) Be ready and seize opportunities when they arrive!
It does not matter of what background you have come from, or what your education level is! Life moves on, and so must you. Do not see anything unpleasant as an obstacle but an opportunity to grow and refine yourself. CEO and co-founder of Oracle Larry Ellison proved this fact!
Although abandoned by his mother as an infant and a university dropout, Ellison did not fail to be listed as the 3rd richest man in America by Forbes in 2008.
Despite the fact that no one saw the potential of a programming language called SQL circulated by IBM in the industry in the 1970s, Ellison did. So he rewrote the language so that it could be run on any computer. A few years later when IBM decided to allow all of its products to support SQL, Ellison already had his product in hand and Oracle boomed!
Ellison is known to possess high self-confidence in his ability, which is why he was courageous enough to have a vision to challenge Microsoft and be number 1 in the industry although Oracle's revenues were less than half of Microsoft's.
Oracle has gone through its fair share of ups and downs, yet this man has never given up on both himself and the company. Instead, he persevered and braved through all the challenges that came his way and also modified his strategies when any of them no longer seemed to work.
6) Find a purpose and live it!
What is the purpose of your life? Every one of you have something buried at the bottom of your heart that you would like to do in this world. Deep within you lies a calling, a mission, and only with thorough self-reflection can you discover what it is!
"To radically shift regime behaviour we must think clearly and boldly for if we have learned anything, it is that regimes do not want to be changed. We must think beyond those who have gone before us and discover technological changes that embolden us with ways to act in which our forbears could not."
Even without a university degree, Assange lived faithfully by his purpose and was referred to by The Age as "one of the most intriguing people in the world" and the "internet's freedom fighter".
7) Who cares about age?!
Who said that only the old and experienced can be successful? You may be young and have not been exposed to various experiences in the field that you are in love with, but these are no obstacles in your path to success! At least these were not the factors that stopped Mark Zuckerberg from making Facebook successful and him, a billionaire!
"The thing I really care about is the mission, making the world open," Zuckerberg said to Wired magazine in 2010.
He is one of the world's youngest billionaires with an estimate of USD$17.5 billion of personal wealth and is also regarded as one of the 100 most influential people in the world today.
8) Challenge your limits!
Charles Lindbergh was the first person to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He was enrolled in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1920, but dropped out in 1922 to take flying lessons in Nebraska instead.
The man went on to become an international explorer, inventor, a prolific prize-winning author and an environmentalist in his later years.
So, who cares if no one had ever done something before? If it makes your heart sing, go do it yourself! Just because others cannot, or did not want to do something does not mean you should follow them too. As long as you possess self-confidence, you can weather any storm!
9) Continue learning and refine your skills and be one-of-a-kind
Name me one person who was born with all the skills required to make them a "Someone"! With or without an educational degree, or with or without talent, no one stops learning! Learning is a never-ending process. At every stage of life, you will always have more things to learn to continuously develop yourself. It is a folly to think that one can one day complete his or her learning cycle for good!
If you are passionate about something but lack the skills, don't just sit back and cry about it. DO SOMETHING! Many people I know just complain about how they cannot do this or that because they are not good enough instead of actually going out there and learn the necessary skills to bring them nearer to their goals or visions. If you really love something, then you must be ready to even sacrifice yourself for it! If you don't do anything about it, it just goes to show that you do not really want the success that you say you do. You are just offering lip service.
He dropped out from high school and worked in a video store due to his love for movies. Tarantino used his time well at the store to refine his skills by watching films by the world's greatest directors so that he could understand better the laws and strategies of film-making. Tarantino's first attempt was an amateur production known as "My Best Friend's Birthday". Although the production was not deemed 'perfect', instead of feeling de-motivated, Tarantino took that as an opportunity to analyse his mistakes.
Tarantino was also famous for his original style. He did not follow the general rules as to how to or not to film a movie. By breaking traditional patterns, he became famous and even won the Oscar for Best Original Screenplay for his "Pulp Fiction".
10) It is not the fall that matters, it is how you get up after each fall that does!
No one breezes through life without challenges. Another famous director, Steven Spielberg, too has had his share of disappointments and so-called 'failures'. However, it was his perseverance and never give-up attitude that made him who he is today, one of the most popular and influential film-makers in the history of cinema.
He was so engrossed with his passion of film-making so much so that he was willing to work in Universal Studios as an unpaid, seven-day-a-week intern. These are the price of passion that many do not understand; commitment and self-sacrifice.
11) Disability lies in your mind
I propose to you that physical disability is not a disability at all. Disability is really nothing of the body, but that of the mind! Why must what others see as a disability stop you from leading the life that you have always dreamed of?
Another example is Sir Richard Branson who struggled at school due to his dyslexia and quit schooling altogether at the age of 16. Nevertheless, Branson went on to set up his successful Virgin Group business with more than 400 companies today.
This is the positivism that many should learn to adopt. Despite having all limbs in perfect condition and even possess university degrees, many people today still wander around aimlessly just doing nothing with no definite goals in life!
12) Continuous effort and sharp judgement are the keys
Whatever that you wish to excel in, you have to put in your fair share of effort. Even an heir to a billionaire will lose all wealth should he or she idle and make bad decisions!
In an interview, Lauren said that he does not chase trends, but is also not into old things either. He prefers to set them! Through sound judgements and being hardworking, Lauren was estimated to have USD$6.1 billion by Forbes in September 2011.
"You are what you are. I'm living proof if you work hard enough, you can accomplish something..." - Ralph Lauren
I am not here today to tell you that a university degree is useless. Almost all of the examples I have given involved people who never graduated from university. Nevertheless, they achieved success in their own ways even without a degree. So for those who do not have any educational background, please do not use this as an excuse to give up on yourself. You too can be successful! And for those who DO have educational qualifications, you have been given privileges that many people could only dream of. So, make the most out of it. All the more there should be no excuse so as to why your life cannot be phenomenal!
A university degree is only a passport to ease you to fit in within societal expectations, but true success lies within. A piece of paper is not going to tell you your direction. You are the one who will set the course of your journey through life! For those who graduated from university, just because you studied something need not mean that your life is doomed to that particular area. Many graduated with one degree and ended up in another profession altogether! But they were still successful because they were driven by their inner passion.
So, set your purpose, guide your passion and talents in the right way and work at it! Just being complacent in life is not going to bring you anywhere. It is foolish to be laidback and expect heaven to rain diamonds on you! All the people I have mentioned possess high-levels of perseverance and enthusiasm as well as determination to succeed according to the course of the river of life they have chosen. So know what you want and just get out there and work towards it!
STOP WISHING, JUST DO IT!
What is Life?
Impossible is Nothing!
Committed to Success
Excerpts of Lecture delivered by Genevieve Tan Shu Thung
Andhra Pradesh, INDIA (March 17, 2012)
Copyright © 2012 Sandhya Maarga Holistic Living Resources
Holistic Living Annex (Volume 1, Issue 5 - JUNE 2012 Edn)
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