Reported by Patrick Achitabwino:
We rush at mentioning the fortunes of the wealthiest people. We even crave to be them and we strongly believe that we can be like them. What differentiates us from them, thus leading to our inability to achieve their feat, is that we always want to earn success the easy way. To be successful is hard work. Les Brown tells us straight in the face that when he was trying to set up his business, he was broke; he even had to sleep in the office tower he was renting for his office. One day, a guard gave him a letter from management which said: ‘Mr. Brown, this is not a hotel, this is an office tower.’ Les Brown now is one of the richest and most celebrated motivational and business speakers.
Your dream will never come to fruition that easily. You will have to wade through the rough waters. Ask Henry Ford, ask John Rockefeller. Henry Ford was sued by the cartel of mobile car makers that he did not have a patent for manufacturing his car. The lawsuit was to make or break Henry Ford. It was only when he was successful that the Ford vehicle brand eventually ruled the world. Rockefeller was prosecuted for his oil monopoly leading to the breaking of Standard Oil Company into six parts. Life will always be challenging.
All the achievers have waded through the greatest opposing currents. The rule is simple, don’t wait to discover things, build them. Rockefeller built the oil industry and made sure that with kerosene darkness no longer meant the end of the day. When the rail industry wanted to overcharge him for transporting of his oil, he never sat down, he revolutionised the way oil is transported. He built a network of more than 4000 miles of pipelines.
Build your dream. It will never be easy. J.P Morgan built the electricity industry and we have the celebrated General Electric. Andrew Carnegie built the Steel industry. It was not easy. The building of the Louisiana Bridge with steel made him bankrupt. He nearly faced many lawsuits but he kept on and the bridge revolutionised transport mode in America. Build what you have been dreaming for and you will be remembered forever.
Real estate mogul now US President Donald Trump says you have to be smart, you have to have vision, you have to have all these different things but the most successful people are the people that have the right idea but never ever quit or give up. The people that really succeed in life are those that never quit
Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard goes on to add that the difference between people who succeed and people who fail in many cases is not fear, everyone experiences fear. The difference is what you do with fear. Do you work to overcome it or do you let it defeat you?
Mark Cuban, owner of Dallas Mavericks says that a problem comes early in an entrepreneurs life when you realise you have to do things in the business that other people are not willing to do. Everybody has ideas, everybody has ambitions, but most people are not willing to cross that line …wherever there is change, wherever there is uncertainty, there is opportunity.
Success is a product of many failures. Success is comes after a brutal fight with changing market forces and many other challenges that stand as obstacles in the pursuit of your dreams. Ask Dr. Thomson Mpinganjira how many times he was denied a licence to operate a bank. Ask Mike Mulombwa how many times he struggled to secure loans with banks. Ask any entrepreneur you admire to understand how he or she made a breakthrough, you will be surprised. They all nearly gave up but they never. Failure, in the pursuit of success, is no option.
Donny Deutsch, an advertising mogul was right, ‘if you can’t embrace failure or the possibility of failure, or the tremendous fear of failure, you cannot be successful. It is the truth.’
If you crave for success, if you want to be the next big thing the world admires, then you have to live against all odds. It is not all that easy but the good thing is that it is possible. The only thing to make it possible or impossible is you.