A famous National Hero once quote about a century ago “the youth is the hope of the Fatherland.” He believed that the future of a nation lies in the hands of the youth. And indeed history will attest that significant milestones and events in all facets of life whether in the personal or corporate world were affected and effected by fresh and innovative minds of young generation who never allowed the “you-are-just-a-kid-and-you-know-nothing” syndrome to stop them from shaping the world where we are now.
My thought- the youth certainly is a powerful catalyst to make an impact whatever life offers them.
And sure enough, the business world is just one of the many industries where these powerful catalysts thronged and they are the prolific, young and aggressive entrepreneurs actively engage in the vast world of opportunities.
However, there are numerous opinions going on in the world of business on the issue of risk for young people who start new enterprises which create jobs for themselves and reaching their personal goals but due to lack of familiarity and means can entail a high percentage of failure during the first few months of operation.
And yet we could mention several names behind successful enterprises: APPLE, FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, GOOGLE, TWITTER, WORDPRESS etc. and admire them for their accomplishments, and in essence, look up to them and wonder how did they do it? In a sense, what are their SECRETS that they soared high above the monsters called risk and failure which most likely be anticipated due to their lack of education, entrepreneurial skills, social capital and other resources? But the fact just stands out: These men have just become the “YOUNG GIANTS” in the world of entrepreneurship and many are persuaded to bask into immense business opportunities as well.
Let’s find out where their strengths lie:
Apple at the core, its core value, is that we believe that people with passion can change the world for the better- Steve Jobs
According to a survey in Latin America, young entrepreneurs are predominantly male and some have not even reached the university level but gender and educational achievement has nothing to do with passion. Passion emanates from someone who is driven for something, who couldn’t go to sleep when things aren’t done, knows no limit when talking about possibilities and has no appetite for mediocrity; passion is what really consumed someone.
Mark Zuckerberg of FACEBOOK said “You have to really love and believe in what you’re doing. I think that’s the most important thing.” He even furthered, “Most people have something that they’re super passionate about, and I would just encourage you guys to find that thing.”
Do you have the passion for something? What are you passionate about? Start from there, after all, you got to start from somewhere.
“I’m motivated by working with great people towards and democratizing publishing on the web” – Matthew Mullenweg of WORDPRESS
Many have been hooked and thousands are still coming to believe this idea that what highly motivate people to work is all about money and power. But just like what the song says, “it’s not about money, money, money.” There are things money cannot buy and one of them is motivation. At one point, a person can be deceived that money is all there is but as you move along and grow, you will be surprised that money is just one of the buy products of highly motivated people. Zuckerberg reasoned about the movie the Social Network “They frame
it (the movie) as if the whole reason I invented Facebook was that I wanted to get girls or to get into some kind of social institution. They just can’t wrap their head around the idea that
someone might build something because they like building things.”
Walt Disney said: Disneyland is a work of love. We didn’t go into Disneyland just with the idea of making money.
To be motivated is one issue and what motivates you is another issue. If you’re looking for something that will drive you and keep you going despite whatever, be driven by things that are lasting like relationship, joy, learning and fulfillment and for the greater good.
But the question is, are you a highly motivated person? How will you stand out from the rest? Here’s a quick check list:
1. Do you have extraordinary purpose?
2. Are you willing to take risks?
3. Are you committed to lifelong learning?
4. Do you possess the attitude of success?
5. Do you rise above adversity?
-Traits of Self-Motivated People-
If you say yes! carry on you are not too far to succeed, if you are not, then it’s time to look for people with such traits and learn from them and you will find out that they too have some rough times, failures and disappointments just like the rest, they are not supernatural people, they were just people with unshakable motivation!!
“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.”
For many, success is spelled as H-A-R-D-W-O-R-K and whether you read it from right to left it remains to entail WORKHARD, which I believe most celebrated personalities in various field of expertise would attest it to be one of the most critical ingredients for success. Success doesn’t happen overnight but just like any other pursuit, it can be achieved. Do you possess the success attitude? Here is an exceptional personification of what success attitude should be, you have read and heard of it a long time ago and it’s about Walt Disney.
An eight-year-old boy approached an old man in front of a wishing well, looked up into his eyes, and asked: “I understand you’re a very wise man. I’d like to know the secret of life.”
The old man looked down at the youngster and replied:
“I’ve thought a lot in my lifetime, and the secret can be summed up in four words Think. Think about the values you wish to live your life by. Believe. Believe in yourself based on the thinking you’ve done about the values you’re going to live your life by. Dream. Dream about the things that can be, based on your belief in yourself and the values you’re going to live by.
Dare. Dare to make your dreams become reality, based on your belief in yourself and your values. ” And with that, Walter E. Disney said to the little boy, Think, believe, dream and dare.’
Success attitude isn’t a result of success per se but it is what will groom you to succeed even in the midst of failure. One of the most striking quote about success attitude came from one of the best NBA player if not the best, Michael Jordan when he said:’ “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” “ I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not
trying.” The people we admired whether in the business or whatever field of industry has one thing in common, and that is not that they have failed many times but that all of them have learned that failure cannot stop them from trying and working hard to achieve success.
I have learned of others that they have quit on something without even trying, I have heard of many that tried and haven’t finished anything and I know a few who failed and yet they keep on fighting. Whatever your dreams are, reach for it, capitalize on the strengths of these great men- consider yourself a giant already and your future is just about to come!!!