Growing up you were always told ‘good things come to those who wait’ as if being patient and sitting back with a bucket of buttery popcorn and a large diet coke would pay off with success and happiness. Whilst that would be ideal, today I’m here to tell you that good things come to those who work. Why? Because life is too damn short to sit around and wait - the time is now to create our own success.
Most of us work to play; that is to go on holidays and travel, or simply to take those little adventures that fuel our sense of contentment, excite us and send us to bed feeling smug. However, too much of a good thing can be overwhelming. Taking this time to ourselves without doing the hard work can lead to a false sense of hope and disappointment. Whereas all work and no play can result in us losing our motivation, passion, and desire to dedicate ourselves to whatever it was we thought we’d never stop doing.
Now the secret to achieving success is not necessarily your successes themselves, but how you handle your failures and challenges. Persevering through difficult times, even when they seem hopeless, breeds invaluable personal development and success. If you never give up, you will not fail.
Walt Disney, one of the most successful people in the world created over 81 feature films and Won 48 Academy Awards over the course of his life for his work as an animator However his life was not all as magical as his films, as he faced many challenges that needed to be conquered to make his dreams a reality.
Mouse Planet’s ‘Of Failure and Success: The Journey of Walt Disney’ explores some of these challenges including Disney’s dysfunctional relationship with his father resulting in Walt lying about his age to join the war effort in 1917. Walt went bankrupt at the age of 22, instilling a doubt in his animation skills, resulting in an unsuccessful endeavor as an actor. He lost his whole organization on the heels of a successful run of ‘Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’, his mother passed away, his animators went on strike, and his studio was taken over by the Government. Walt’s company was over $4 million dollars in debt and the initial opening of Disneyland was disastrous, nick-named ‘Black Sunday’ by critics. However the legacy Walt created, his success and the impact his hard work has made is irreplaceable and widely renowned.
Jim Carrey, Steven King, Bethany Hamilton, Vincent Van Gogh and Colonel Sanders, the list goes on. Many of those who inspire us overcame huge hardships to achieve their goals. Yet you may not even realize what these challenges were because these people are not defined by their hurdles, but rather by their relentless faith, hard work, and patience which allowed them to achieve greatness.
Equally important to work ethic and patience is passion. Your ‘why’ needs to be stronger than the ‘how’. If you can feel that fire burning in the pit of your stomach because you’ve never wanted something so badly, then there is nothing to say that you cannot achieve it. Really knuckle down upon and understand your reason for wanting to achieve your goals, and once you’ve painted that vision in your head and developed a steadfast ‘why’, you can figure out ‘how’ later. Walt Disney famously said ‘If you can dream it, you can do it’. So don’t stand in your own way, have faith, work hard and look forward to seeing your dreams blossom.