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Never Give Up on Your Goals

If you’re seeking some inspiration or resources to help you never give up on your goals or dreams, then this page is for you. With that said, have you ever known someone who made up their mind to finally get going on a big project, goal, or dream, but shortly after starting, they quit?

You know the scenario, the one where that friend of yours gets started on a pursuit with massive zeal.  But then you learn that just a few months into their endeavor, they lose all their steam, and give up their dream.

The scenario where everything seemed to be going well for them, like their success was just around the corner, but then, they gave up too soon.

For instance…

The Side-Hustler

We’ve all had a friend who finally decided to do something ambitious, like start a side-hustle.  They’ve been talking about these books they’ve been reading, like ‘The 4 Hour Work Week’, or the “Side-Hustle’, and how in just 4 weeks they’d be up and running with a successful business, positioned to quit their day-job, and primed to ride off into the sunset of success.

But those four weeks quickly pass, and their endeavors have yet to become a soaring success.   But your friend is determined, so they stick it out for four, five, and maybe even six more months.  Unfortunately, they finally realize the struggle is too much, and say to themselves, “I am not seeing any progress, and this is just to freaking hard for zero to little progress?” 

Then they begin to tell you all about how maybe their side-hustle thing isn’t really what they wanted to do.  So they give up, they quit, and their dream dies.

The Fitness Fizzle

Or perhaps you had a friend who finally said to themselves, “That it’s, I am going to turn this flabby body of mine into something lean!  And by the end of next year, I am going to be a lean mean physically fit machine!”

Then they get to chasing their fitness goal, and they stay the course for four, maybe five months.  But then, out of the blue, they tell you about how their discipline started to drift, how they are losing focus, their fire, and slowly, their desire to obtain that dream body they’ve always wanted.

The Writer

Don’t even get me started on the aspiring author.  Everybody and their mom wants to write a book someday.  And the crazy thing is, most people get started on writing their book.  They open up Microsoft Word, and start typing away for a few days.  They even create a few good chapters, but then, after a few weeks of being in the weeds of authorship, the ideas start to slow, and the pangs of creativity start to kick in.  Each page starts to feel like pulling teeth just to put together.  And then just like that, the dream of becoming a writer takes a vacation, with a one-way ticket back to “someday isle.”

The Common Tragedy

I know… it’s tragic.  But this is not an uncommon scenario.  It happens all the time.   It is truly a modern-day tragedy that is all too common. And it doesn’t just happen for authors, artists, and entrepreneurs.  It happens to people seeking higher fitness levels, it happens to people seeking the corner office, or even that simple promotion.  It happens to EVERYONE!

The problem all too many of us have when reaching for our aims, is we give up too soon.  We lack determination, staying power, and the self-discipline to see our dreams through.

If you’ve known someone who this has happened to before, or if it’s happened to you, there is a now solution.

But before I give you the solution, let me tell you a little story.

The story I am about to tell you, is part of the solution.

If you understand the story, you’ll understand the solution.

You ready? Here we go….

(Disclaimer:  By sharing the story below, I am in no way suggesting that one must quit their day job to pursue their dream. This story is merely an account of the path I chose, what I learned from it, and how you can gain from it.  There are multiple paths to a destination, and not everyone’s path will look the same.)

Strive Story

A few years ago I was an Operations Manager for a large corporate firm out of Texas.  As part of the management team, we were studying a classic leadership book by Stephen Covey.  The book was titled ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’, and it included an exercise that would change my life forever.

The exercise we were studying, was meant to help us create a clearer vision for our lives.  The exercise had us imagine ourselves being able to witness our own funeral. It prodded us to examine how we wanted to be remembered by our friends and family at our funeral.  And it was during this exercise, that I had this looming feeling.  It was the feeling that I wasn’t on the right path.  My gut told me that if continued down the path I was on, I wouldn’t be happy with who I’d eventually become.

I remember thinking to myself:  “I don’t want to be remembered as a coward.  I don’t want be remembered as a person who lacked the courage to at least try to go for what he really wanted in this life!”

It was a visceral feeling that convinced me;  if I didn’t give my dream at least one last shot, I would regret it for the rest of my life.

So, it was in that moment that I became certain the path I was on didn’t align with the vision I wanted for my life.  And it was in that moment I realized I had to do something about it.  So, in September of 2016 I resigned.

I resigned from my corporate job, hedging both my career and the guaranteed income that would secure a comfortable retirement for both my wife and I.  It was a scary decision to make. But, I felt if there was ever a time in my life to give my dream a shot, it would be at that moment.

So, I did something crazy, I resigned.  I resigned to pursue my dream of becoming the author, the motivator, the life-changer that I always knew I could be.

As such, I set off on my grand journey to create a motivational business.  During the first few months on this new journey of mine, I did not make a dime.  But, I kept to it, I kept striving to make this dream work.

After about 6 months, I was still not making much money.  The traffic to my site started to grow significantly, but I had yet to truly monetize it (make money from it), as the one book I published was not selling very well.

Nothing seemed to be working, which led to a huge dip in my enthusiasm.  I started to feel frustrated and discouraged.  But, I did not want to give up on my dreams. I had worked too freaking hard for them already.  Plus, I didn’t want to let down all the people I was striving to motivate, so I persisted.

The 9th month arrived all too soon, and somehow, I was still not profitable in my endeavors. Seriously, I was like, “What the fu** is going on here!?  This can’t be happening, I am doing this full-time for goodness-sake!”

I felt like I was drowning.  Like there was nothing I could do to keep me from sinking.  However, I was not ready for this story to end, so I decided once again to press on.

Nearly 12 months had passed, and I was still nowhere near reaching the goals I initially set for myself.  But, in the middle of the next year almost a year-to-the date from when I resigned to pursue my dream, things started to change.

The money from my business started to grow (It was a trickle, but it was growing).  My influence and connections within the business started to grow dramatically as well.  But the crucial thing that happened, was this:  despite the recent growth, I had hit my lowest point in my pursuit in terms of motivation.

Yes, I had a bit more money coming in, yes, my traffic, my audience, and my business were growing.  However, the business was not where I hoped it would be, especially considering the ridiculous amounts of effort I had already put in to it.  In truth, the business was not where I needed it to be.

At my lowest point in my 12-month journey, the point where most people would quit, something happened.   I had this nagging feeling that everything I was doing was for naught.  I started to wonder if I was wasting my time, and that maybe the writing was on the wall.  I wondered if the time had come for me to throw in the towel on this dream of mine.

It was as if every bone in my body was sapped of energy to keep going.  But then, in that lowest point of the many lows experienced during this 12-month adventure, I took a deep breath, and said to myself, “I am going to keep going.  It may not be in the exact same direction as I initially planned, but I am going to keep going.  I am going to make this work.” 

Now bear in mind, I didn’t feel like I had the physical or emotional energy to keep going at this point.  But astonishingly, my mind did.

And just like that, not even a few minutes later, like a stroke of magic, a new set of brilliant ideas for my business came to me.  It was an idea for both a new strategy, and a change up in my brand.

It was a magical second wind that I desperately needed.  A second wind that gave new life to my goals and dreams. Suddenly, I was back in the game and on fire to keep striving.  But this time around it was with much more vigor. It even felt like their was more purpose behind me than when I first got started but a year ago.

365 days after getting started on my journey, I found the clarity around my business that was missing.  I gained a clearer vision for where I wanted to take it, and a better way to add value to the world.  My dream found it’s footing, but it took time, some failures, and pushing past a breaking point.

This story is the unfolding of my STRIVE.

Those first 365 days of my venture were not a waste.  They were the stepping stones of struggle and effort that needed to be set.

There is a quote that sums up the experience I had, and the journey that many of us must experience before we reach our aims, and it is this:

Related: Inspiring Stories of Persistence

The Solution

This solution I am offering you was born from this experience.  It is a solution that can help you, create a new starting point for future power and triumph.  It will help you in your pursuits, be they big or small.

This solution is your stepping stone for reaching for those worthy goals that bring you most to life.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Great story, but what is the solution?”

Well my friend, the solution is the newest and best motivation journal ever created in the history of mankind.

The solution, is The STRIVE Journal!

If you are an aspiring artist, author, or entrepreneur, I know you know what it’s like to reach for those dreams of yours.  I know what it is like being on the verge of quitting.  You may have even quit already, I don’t know.  But, what I do know is this, that if you give your aspirations the time and effort to become a living thing… your success is guaranteed.

If you’re wondering, “So how is this journal going to help me or my friend who may be struggling to keep their dream alive?”

Here is how my friend…..

How This Motivational Journal Will Help You Learn…

How to Never Give Up on Your Goals

First and foremost, you must know this motivation journal is meant to help you get to your second wind.  But not just to your second wind, but also to your third, your fourth, and every other wind there after until your reach your goal.  The journal is meant to help you keep going.  It is meant to keep you striving long enough to realize the success you seek.“But how does it do this?”

Build Momentum with 365 Days of Encouragement

Motivation + Momentum

Goals take time to accomplish, but most people don’t realize this.  In fact, most people don’t truly understand how long a worthy goal can actually take to create some momentum around.  As such, we’ve designed this journal to give you the encouragement you need to move the needle forward. And to do so for a long enough period of time for you to actually experience the results you’re after.

We are in it for the long haul, and this journal strives to ensure you are too.

Zero-in On What You Really Want

This journal helps you zero-in on what you really want from life, and then it forces you to remind yourself every single day (see high performance habits below).  Why every single day?  Because, when you consistently remind yourself why you are getting out of bed every morning, you’ll be less likely to deviate from your desired end.  Plus, when you finally convince (program) yourself what it is you are really working towards, you’ll become unstoppable!

After you set up that one big goal that drives everything you do, the journal will also guide you in setting quarterly goals.  Each quarterly goal is a stepping stone that will eventually lead you to your main aim, your STRIVE!

365 Personal Messages to Strengthen Your Drive to Strive

audio motivation journal

The Strive Journal also includes 365 recorded messages to help you stay motivated.  Each message is unique to each day of your Strive.  Each message will encourage you to keep moving forward!

Just like ole Rocky Balboa said…

The Strive Drive is the drill sergeant you’ve always secretly wanted!  It’s the drill sergeant that will get you to take action, without getting spit in your face!

Action Based Motivation Journal

motivation journal for taking action

Look, your dreams don’t have a chance in hell at becoming a reality if you don’t work for them.  That’s why this journal includes a built-in accountability model to help you keep track of your daily efforts.  If you want to reach your biggest goals, it is going to take hours of consistent effort, 24/7/365.   Your dream deserves at least a few hours every day, if it is going to someday grace you with its attainment.

How to Never Give Up Again

And that is why this journal is so great!  It will ask you to do something every day to keep you moving closer to your goals, and it will score you for the effort you put in.  If you really want to reach your goals, a consistent push to do something every single day is necessary.

To Do Lists

The Strive Journal also acts as daily planner.  It has a daily To Do List included on each page of the journal.

The To Do List is modeled off one of the most effective strategies for daily goal completion, the 1-3-5 Rule.  The premise of this rule is to focus on prioritizing your daily tasks, by getting you to complete at least 1 BIG goal, 3 Medium sized tasks, and 5 little things each day.

By applying this rule to your To-Do strategy, you will be able to supercharge your ability to do the daily tasks that need to get done for you to reach your aims.

High Performance Habits

I’ve been studying successful people for over a decade now, and the one thing all of them had in common, were great habits.  To help you kickstart some habits that will usher you into becoming a high performing goal attainment machine, this journal has laid out a few habits that you should practice daily.  By doing so, you will level up your abilities to reach your goals.

The journal has a checklist of daily activities that it highly suggests you do, and provides you with the best time of day to do them.  Because if you do these activities, you will begin doing the same practices that a great many success gurus, leaders, and high achievers do.

If you’re wondering, “But I don’t want to be a success guru, or the next Richard Branson, why should I do these high-performance habits?”

Here is why.  The one reason why you should want to do as they do, is because they are masterful goal achievers.  They have a proven track record of achieving their goals.

And if there is one thing this journal is trying to do, it is ultimately to help you reach your goals, your dreams.  The journal will help you achieve the goal that keeps you up at night.

The Purpose of This Motivation Journal

never give up

I am going to say it again.  The purpose of this journal is to keep you going. I will help you never give up on your goals.  Your dreams, goals, and ambitious endeavors deserve time to incubate.  And in order for them to do so, you need to be able to overcome the biggest obstacle to success… giving up too soon!

Now most people don’t have the luxury of quitting their job to pursue their dream full time, like I did.  Which makes giving up too soon even likelier.

I have been fortunate enough to do so, because of some great investments I made in real estate.  On top of that, I’ve had some luck with my first internet business, which has helped my Strive endeavors.

So, I am not independently wealthy (yet), I am just leveraging my financial boon to achieve my dream, which is to help you.

So who is this resource for?

Related: Inspiring Quotes on Persistence

Never Give Up on Your Goals Again…

It’s for you!  No Really!! This resource is for everyone with a dream.  But most importantly, it’s for those who are ready to stop just dreaming dreams, so they can start chasing them.

Really, everyone should at least give their dream one shot.  Don’t be that person, 30 to 50 years from now, lying in their deathbed wishing they would have had the courage to strive for something extraordinary.

The great thing is, this tool helps make the achieving of that dream, goal, aspiration, much more likely.

This is the only motivation journal that keeps dreams alive, by pushing you to strive, for at least 365!  Never give up on your goals again, outlast your competition, and achieve your dreams with the Strive Journal!

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 PS – If you’re looking for some inspiring words of wisdom to also encourage you to never give up on your goals, then you’ll love these quotes. Give them a read, follow through on their advice, and do not give up.

High effort, self-discipline, and fearless action are “my things”.  If you could use a bit more of these life-enhancing attributes, or if you want to be nudged from time to time to start taking action on your goals and dreams, follow me on Twitter.

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THE ELON MUSK SUCCESS STORY

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Elon Musk Success Story

Elon Musk is the billionaire entrepreneur responsible for co-founding various vanguard companies like Tesla, SolarCity, SpaceX, and PayPal.  He also helped influence the character behind Marvel’s modern take on Tony Stark. And has been compared to uber-successful business visionaries like Steve Jobs and Henry Ford.  And without a doubt, Elon Musk has already accomplished enough to be considered among some of the greats.  So, considering all the impressive accomplishments of this visionary entrepreneur, we will be diving into how such a legend came to be in this Elon Musk Success Story special.

“I Think It Is Possible For Ordinary People To Choose To Be Extraordinary.”

Just like Elon, we too believe that ordinary people can choose to become extraordinary. Which is why we decided to research and publish this success story of Elon Musk.  As such, the aim of this page is to reveal key insights about Elon that will provide you with a better understanding of how he became so successful. And maybe, just maybe you’ll become inspired to do the same.  So, if you’re ready to start learning from Elon’s success story, let’s dive in.

ELON MUSK’S SUCCESS STORY

Elon Musk Success Story Quote on Purpose

Elon was born in South Africa back in 1971 to a father who was an engineer and a mother who was a nutritionist.  Growing up, Elon spent most of his time reading and tinkering with projects when not in school and when his Nany was not watching him. Which according to an interview he did with Rolling Stone [1], it was not often. 

So, at an early age, Elon became fond of Isaac Asimov’s books, which would eventually inspire his futurism. And it was his interest in the future, and his penchant for engineering that his engineer father helped cultivate, along with his eye for design, that would set him up for some grand future achievements.

After attending University for just five months in South Africa, Elon decided to move to Canada to attend Queen’s University.  But he didn’t finish his schooling there. In fact, after just two years, he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania to finish his schooling.   But getting through college wasn’t all sunshine and rainbows.  Elon had to strive to make his way through.

Elon financed his college education through a combination of scholarships, getting loans, and having to work two different jobs at the same time.  Fortunately, his sacrifice would eventually pay off, earning himself a degree in Economics and another in Physics. 

After these two educational accomplishments, Elon then went on to get into Stanford’s Ph.D. program. But, just after two days into the program he dropped out to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams.

Related: Elon Musk’s Net Worth

Start-Up

Elon’s initial start-up was an internet company that he, his brother, and a friend went all in on.  The company took some time to get off the ground, and in the interim, Elon would struggle financially.  Things got so bad for Elon at one point, that the only bed he could afford was the couch in their start-up’s office, and the shower and restroom facilities at his local YMCA. 

Despite the low times of this endeavor however, they would eventually find angel investors who backed the company, and clients within the city, and various big name news publishing companies like the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune who saw promise in the company and its useful city guide mapping software. 

From this point, it was only a matter of time before Elon and company, were able to sell the start-up to Compaq for $307 million.[2]

The Next Venture

After selling the company, Elon earned a $22 million dollar windfall, and would go on to invest the bulk of that money into his next venture, which was a financial services company he co-founded called X.com.  His luck would improve shortly after starting this new venture as they merged with the company that serviced PayPal.com.  And just three years after starting up X.com, merging it with PayPal.com, they would sell it off to eBay for $1.5 billion.

The Big Gamble

With the acquisition of PayPal.com, Elon’s net worth would grow to be $123 million.  Now, at this point Elon could’ve retired early and rode off into to the sunset and lived happily ever after.  But that’s not how legends are made.  Instead, Elon would take a huge gamble and invest most if he newfound millions into two separate companies.  One of them was Tesla Motors, a fledgling automaker focused on electric transportation, and the other was SpaceX, a companied hellbent on commercial space exploration. 

Where most people would leave, Elon leaned in.  He poured his money, blood, sweat, and tears into making both companies a success.  And his passion for design, engineering, and the future would have him succeed on both fronts.

Tesla, is now one of the most valuable companies in the world valued at close to a trillion dollars ($907 billion)[3], and SpaceX has made progress as well with a recent valuation near $100 billion.

Elon’s big gamble seems to be paying off.

Elon’s Enduring Success

Elon Musk’s success continues to grow as he endlessly pushes the envelope with Tesla, SpaceX, Twitter, and the handful of other vanguard companies he has invested in and co-founded along the way.  

So, what’s the success secret to Elon’s enduring success?  Well, it must be said, that Elon does has above average intelligence, which has played a large role in his achievements. However, despite his intelligence, Elon excels because of an extreme ambition that is driven by his passion, and ambition that is backed up by an insane work ethic.

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Success Ethos

In addition to this, Elon focuses most of his energy on activities and ventures that actually matter.  He has made it known through commencement speeches and interviews that he does not waste time on things that don’t matter.  He says it best with this quote…

Equally as important, is that Elon does not do things for the money.  In fact, he has blatantly stated that money doesn’t matter to him.  All he cares about is accomplishing his main objectives and missions in life.   So, what helps Elon succeed is his commitment to execution and the superhuman work ethic employs to make things happen.  He sums up his work ethic very will with the following quote…

Lastly, the key aspect that has helped Elon find so much success has been his willingness to take risks.  In fact, his whole career has been a series of taking one big risk after another.  Indeed, his fearless approach to turning his ideas into reality, and the fearless action he took to execute on those ideas is key in much of Elon’s success.  He encapsulates this fearless attitude best when he said…

Peer Into The Mind of a Visionary

To get a better look into the way of thinking that has driven Elon’s futurist pursuits, consider studying his quotes. This list of Elon Musk quotes is a great place to start.

In addition, you can also watch some of the amazing videos others have created about him, like the one below:

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Key Takeaways

Elon Musk’s achievements and life journey in general has a lot to teach us. We hope our Elon Musk success story has convinced you that becoming a billionaire entrepreneur is possible. Elon’s inspiring story should help you realize that you can also get on track for massive success.

But more importantly, it should help you realize that your success can especially be found if you back up your ambitious purpose, with drive, passion, an iron-clad work ethic, and a fearless zeal for executing on those ideas.

So, follow these key takeaways and watch how the sky truly becomes the limit for you, like it has for Elon Musk.

Till next time,

STRIVE

PS – If you enjoyed our Elon Musk Success Story, then you may also enjoy our account of the late, but equally inspiring visionary Steve Jobs, or fellow billionaire Bernard Arnault.

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THE PAULO COELHO SUCCESS STORY

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Paulo Coelho Success Story

Paulo Coelho is the world-famous Brazilian novelist who published one of the best-selling books of all-time; ‘The Alchemist’. He’s also published 28 other books, and continues to inspire millions of people all over the world to this day. Having sold at least 320 million books, it’s safe to say that Paulo Coelho knows a thing or two about success. As such, we will be diving into how this book-writing powerhouse came to be in this Paulo Coelho Success Story special.

“You Are What You Believe Yourself to Be.”

– paulo coelho –

We believe success leaves clues, which is why we cover inspiring success stories of people like Paulo Coelho.  We also chose Paulo Coelho because he has a great story about choosing to follow one’s dreams that can inspire just about anyone.

In addition to this, we also believe each story possesses within it a few insightful gems that we can leverage to our benefit if we so choose to.  So, with that being said, if you’re ready to learn how Paulo Coelho became the world-wide sensation he is today, then let’s dive in.

The Early Years | Paulo Coelho Story

Paulo Coelho Story

Paulo Coelho was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1947 in a Roman Catholic household. In his early years, like many children, he rebelled against his parents and their teachings. His parents were strict about their religion and faith, and they didn’t approve of his interest in becoming a writer.

Coelho’s father was an engineer, and his parents had plans for him, and writing was not part of that plan. Of course, Coelho didn’t approve of his parent’s traditional and rigid plans for him either. In fact, his opposition to his parents created a lot of conflict between him and his parents.

As he moved into his teens he began hanging around with a troublemaking crowd, and challenging with more and more fervor his parent’s ideas. So much so, that his parents thought he was going crazy.

When Paulo Coelho was 17 years old this conflict came to a boiling point, and his parents ultimately decided that the only way to help him overcome his radical perspectives and staunch rebuking of their ways, and to help him “get it together”, was to have him committed to a psychiatric hospital.

Paulo Coelho would spend three years in this institution, but, it served it’s purpose, at least initially, as he gave up his dreams to become a writer, and pursued the more respectable path of going to law school.

However, in 1970 Coelho dropped out of law school and decided to travel abroad. When he made his way back in in 1972 he would find work writing lyrics for popular Brazilian singers and songwriters.

After a few years however, Paulo Coelho would eventually find work for a variety of companies, including CBS records, whom he stayed with until 1980.

Transformative Travels

While working various jobs in the late 70’s and early 80’s Coelho would write two books that really went nowhere. (Theater for Education & Hell Archives) Then, in the early 80’s, Coelho would travel the world again.

But this time around, he would have a few spiritual awakenings along the way that would eventually lead him back to his true calling; writing. And it was his 500 mile trek by foot along the Road of Santiago de Compostela in Spain that influenced him most.

Thus, after a string of experiences and serendipitous friendships, Coelho would make his way back to the the faith of his childhood, but at the same time, he also chose to fully reembrace his true calling as a full-time writer.

And after a few years, he would finally publish his first book about his transformational journey, especially as it related to his experience along the famed Spanish pilgrimage; Santiago de Compostela. Coelho appropriately named the book, ‘The Pilgrimage’ and he published it in 1987.

A Dream Fulfilled

‘The Pilgrimage’ didn’t really take off after it was published, so, in 1988, Paulo Coelho would publish his second book which he titled ‘The Alchemist’. Upon publishing his second book, the successful results Coelho was hoping for did not show up right away.

Paulo Coelho Story of Success Quote

In fact, he was told by the first bookseller to carry his book, that only one person bought a copy after it was released.  Despite the dismal results of his second book, Coelho would remain confident in his book. 

He chose to be patient, but the results he was expecting was still extremely low, as it took another long six months before that second copy of the book would be sold. Interestingly enough, the person who purchased the second copy was the exact same person who bought the first.

Coelho’s publisher was less patient however, and after a whole year of dismal results, the publisher labeled the book a flop and terminated Coelho’s contract. 

But, Coelho was resilient, and didn’t allow that painful experience with failure get him down.  Instead, he chose to not give in, and decided to persist. Thus, he made once last heroic effort to pursue his vision and fulfill his dream of being a successful writer. And he backed up his next effort with even more zeal and energy by finding another publisher. 

Without a doubt, finding a second publisher to back a book that for all intents and purposes, was a flop, would be a challenge for Coelho. He was met with rejection after rejection in this pursuit.

Fortunately, he finally landed a new publisher, and with it, another golden opportunity to capture his dream. And it was from this point and onward, that Paulo Coelho’s dreams began to be fulfilled. 

When Paulo Coelho was 42 years old signs of his persistence paying off finally showed up, with three thousand books selling initially.  But the book sales kept growing, slowly but surely. After those first three thousand sales, it turned to 10 thousand sales, then 100 thousand, then a MILLION, then 100 million, as the years went by.

The flood of sales from ‘The Alchemist’ would not abate, and Coelho’s good fortune continues to grow even to this day. He’s since sold over 150 million and counting copies of ‘The Alchemist’, and when you include sales of all of his titles, he’s already sold over 320 million books worldwide.

Success Ethos | The Paulo Coelho Story

Paulo Coelho’s success ethos, a.k.a. his secret to success, can be summed up in a few words; namely self-belief, having the courage to follow one’s dreams, and persistence.

Had Coelho not believed in himself, he never would have taken the action to follow his dreams. But beyond that, had he not persisted, and had faith in his work, he never would have pushed past those initial obstacles that typically deter the undetermined.

Thus, without self-belief, the courage to follow his heart, and the will to see it through, he never would have have experienced the staggering success he now enjoys.

With that said, here a few Paulo Coelho quotes that we feel highlights his success best. Enjoy.

The essence of the quote above is demonstrated by Paulo Coelho’ believing himself to be a writer. He wanted to be one more than anything, and he believed in his vision enough to act on it. As a result, he became what he believed himself to be; a very successful writer.

This quote above speaks to Paulo Coelho’s belief that what you wants, also wants you. It’s a powerful message that belies the fact that there is magic in believing. In addition to this, it also hints at the power of acting on one’s desires, and that when you do, good things will happen because the Universe has your back.

This last quotes speaks to Coelho’s experience with persistence; demonstrating that success and mastery are not things that happen overnight. And that before one achieves success and mastery, the price of persistence must first be paid.

Related: Paulo Coelho Success Quotes

Paulo Coelho’s Rules For Success

Here’s a great montage that outlines Paulo Coelho’s rules for success. Give it a watch if you wish to gain even more insights into Paulo Coelho’s secrets to success:

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Final Thoughts

There you have it, the Paulo Coelho success story that describes his journey from shrugging off the shackles of expectations, to travelling the world and spiritually awakening, to finally pursuing and persisting in living out his dream of becoming a successful writer.

We’ve also uncovered the success ethos that has guided Coelho in creating the massive success and fame he now enjoys. Here they are again as a quick recap to answer once and for all the question about how Paulo Coelho achieved so much success:

Self-Belief | Courage to Follow His Dreams | Persistence

Paulo Coelho’s story shows that if you believe in yourself, and if you truly want something bad enough, all the universe really will conspire to help you make that dream a reality if you take action.

Till you achieve your dreams,

STRIVE

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THE GRANT CARDONE SUCCESS STORY

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Grant Cardone is a prominent international businessman, speaker, and owner of Cardone Capital, a $1.5 billion investment firm.  Cardone is also the author of the New York Times bestselling book If You’re Not First, You’re Last, and other notable books like The 10X Rule, and Axiom Award winning Sell or Be Sold.  In addition to this, he is also the founder of Cardone University, a popular sales training platform that has accrued over 50,000,000 users and continues to grow to this day.  So, considering Grant Cardone’s list of impressive achievements, we will be diving into how this success superstar came to be in this Grant Cardone Success Story special.

“Average is a Failing Formula.”

They say success leaves clues, and we believe it.  Which is why we cover uber-successful people like Grant Cardone.  We also chose Grant Cardone because he has a great rags to riches story to boot. 

In addition to this, we also believe every story possesses hidden insights that can teach us, guide us, and benefit us in incredible ways.  So, with that being said, if you’re ready to learn how Grant Cardone became an above average person let’s dive in.

Growing Pains | Grant Cardone Success Story

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Grant Cardone grew up in a little town called Lake Charles in the state of Louisiana.   He and his twin brother were the youngest out of five children.  At the age of 10, Cardone lost his father, and his mother was forced to support 5 children alone, with no education, and no work experience. It was a combination that led to very slim prospects for Grant’s success growing up.  Fortunately, his mother found a way to make it work. But needless to say, Cardone grew up poor, and in an environment that was less than ideal.

And it was this environment, and the trauma he faced from losing his father early in life, and his oldest brother a few years later, that led him towards a self-destructive and downward spiraling path.  And so from the age of 15 to 25, Cardone found himself in bad company, making bad decisions, and addicted to drugs.

However, there was one traumatic event that would act as a catalyst for reversing the direction of his life.  And this event would occur one rainy night when Cardone was walking home.  As he walked home, a friend of his set him up to get robbed at gun point. 

And in his attempts to fight off the armed robber, Cardone was severely beaten with a pistol and left for dead.  Cardone ended up in the hospital for three days and would need over 70 stiches.  His face was so damaged from the robbery, that when his mother came to visit, she couldn’t even recognize him.  

This experience was a major turning point for Cardone.  But the final straw that would see Cardone check himself into a rehab center was the day his mother kicked him out of her house.

Turning Point

Grant Cardone was 25 years old when he finally decided to clean his life up.  After he got out of rehab, Cardone committed to living a sober life in pursuit of his potential.  And even though he felt like a loser at the time, he knew, deep down inside that he was meant to do more with his life. 

As such, upon his release from rehab he chose to cut out all negative influences from his life.  He stopped hanging around his drug addict friends, he stayed away from his enemies, and all those negative influences and environments that in the past kept him going back to the comfort of drugs like clock work.

The Struggle

Now after deciding to turn his life around things didn’t automatically become full of sunshine and rainbows for Cardone.  He still had to find an avenue to pursue his potential.  Cardone had his degree in accounting, but such jobs were limited at the time.  And, with the economy being slow with unemployment at 24%, Cardone didn’t have the luxury of being selective.

“What’s Crazy Is The Thing I Hated Became The Gateway To The Rest Of My Life”

– grant cardone –

As such, he landed a job as a car sales person, even though he detested the decision, because he had an accounting degree.   However, he took some advice he got from his mother early on, and applied it to his situation.   And the advice was this…  “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

As such, he got to work learning as much as he possibly could about selling, how to influence people, along with everything there was to know about the automobile industry.  After he saw his income double from $3,000 to $6,000 per month, he knew he figured one of the most powerful tools for becoming successful; applied knowledge.  And, through that effort and investment in knowledge, Cardone eventually became one of the best car salesmen in the country.

Towards Becoming Self-Made

 Cardone’s success within the industry would skyrocket. But eventually he got fired after trying to do the right thing by telling the owner of a company that another sales person was stealing from him. 

But Cardone didn’t let this setback diminish his enthusiasm or momentum.  And instead decided to never become dependent on another person or company again. 

As such, he started his own sales consulting business, and began aggressively selling his sales strategies across the country.  And shortly there after, Cardone paved a way for himself as a self-made man.

Related: Motivational Grant Cardone Quotes

Success Ethos | Cardone Success Story

Grant Cardone’s business took off, and his businesses were doing so well that he eventually became a millionaire by the age of 30.    But he didn’t become a millionaire just because his businesses were earning large amounts of income. 

The truth is, nobody automatically becomes a millionaire just because they have an income or a business. Nope, but Grant Cardone became a millionaire because he was disciplined with his money, and because he had a millionaire mindset.

Essentially, every time he paid himself from his businesses earnings, he would consider himself “broke” immediately after, because he’d shove all his extra money into down payments for investments, primarily in the form of real estate.

Cardone would do this for years, until his assets topped a million dollars.  And it is this same simple process that he uses to this day; which has helped him achieve nearly a billion dollars in his investment ventures.  He strives to make as much money as he can, so he can invest as much as he can to build his investment empire, it’s that simple.

With that being said, our Grant Cardone story wouldn’t be complete without a few wise words from the man himself. As such, here are a few supporting Cardone Quotes to help sum up his success ethos so you can follow suit:

But don’t just take our word for it. Watch this excellent video where he explains how he built up his massive net worth, and how anyone can become a millionaire.

Related: New Worth of Grant Cardone

So, give it a watch, as it sums up his success ethos very succinctly.

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Conclusion

There you have it, the Grant Cardone success story that describes his Journey from being a poor kid from Louisiana, to barely surviving as a drug addict, to then making the most of his situation to rise to superstardom as one of the top motivational leaders internationally. 

We’ve uncovered the success ethos that has guided Cardone in creating the massive success and wealth he now enjoys. Here they are again as a recap to answer the question about how Grant Cardone became successful:

Obsession with Success | Self-DevelopmentInvesting Every Extra Dollar Into Assets

Now go forth and apply the Grant Cardone success insights you’ve just gained to help you improve your life.  And remember…

So, don’t doubt that by doing so, you can and will eventually become a self-reliant and a self-made millionaire, just like Grant Cardone.

Till next time,

STRIVE

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THE KANYE WEST SUCCESS STORY

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Kanye West is a successful artist, producer, and entrepreneur. He has released several critically acclaimed albums and started his own fashion line. He has received numerous awards and honors, including ten Grammy Awards. He is a multi-billionaire and is one of the most influential artists and entrepreneurs in the world.

Kanye’s success is due in part to his hard work and dedication. He is always working on new music or projects, and he puts a lot of thought into everything he does. He also has a great team behind him, which has helped him achieve his goals.

“Shoot For The Stars, So If You Fall You Land On A Cloud.”

– kanye west –

With that said, if you want to learn more about Kanye West’s success story and how we can use his journey to success to inspire greater levels of creativity and ambition in our own lives, then read on:

The Early Years

Kanye Omari West was born on June 8th, 1977. His parents divorced when he was only 3 years old and he and his mother relocated to Chicago, Illinois from Atlanta, Georgia.

West had a love for the creative arts at an early age and began writing poetry and drawing when he was just 5 years old. He began rapping in 3rd grade and started to write and compose his own music by the time he was in middle school.

He eventually met his mentor, the DJ, and producer No I.D. at a local radio station when he was about 14 years old. No I.D. took Kanye under his wing and taught him how to produce beats and experiment with hip hop productions. West became friends with another up-and-coming rapper, Jay Z, and the two would often freestyle together.

Ultimately, Kanye started creating beats for other artists in the Chicago area and formed a rap group known as the Go-Getters.[1] The group released their first and only album in 1999.

The Struggle

Although Kanye West was successfully working as a producer, he wanted to step into the limelight and be a rapper himself. He tried to convince Jay Z to sign him to his record label, Roc-A-Fella Records, but Jay Z was reluctant to add him to the roster. He eventually relented and signed Kanye in 2002.

On October 23rd, 2003. Kanye experienced a grave car accident that left him with a shattered jaw. He required surgery to reconstruct his face and was bedridden for weeks.

Kanye left the L.A. studio at around 3 am in a rented Lexus, after finishing a late-night session with Peedi Crack, Beanie Sigel, and The Black Eyed Peas. Just blocks away from the W Hotel, he was cut off and collided head-on with another car.

As a result of the accident, his face needed reconstructive surgery. It took Kanye weeks to recover from the accident. Because he did not have health insurance, he had to foot the bill himself.

West used this time to reflect on his life and career. He decided that he needed to focus on his own music and not just produce beats for other artists. He realized that the music he had previously made wouldn’t have a major impact on the world if he were to die in that tragic accident. From this moment forward, Kanye dedicated himself to making the best music of his career.

He would never play small and he proved this by writing and recording several of his most popular hits while still recovering from the accident.

The Rise To Fame

Many of the demos that Kanye made with No I.D. alongside his producing experience, became the basis of his own solo career. He started working on his own music and released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004.

Kanye West Story Quote

The album was a huge success, both commercially and critically. It received positive reviews from music critics and debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. It went on to sell over four million copies in the United States. In addition to this, it was also certified 4-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Kanye’s second album, Late Registration, was released in 2005 and was also a huge success. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and received positive reviews from music critics. The album has since been certified triple platinum by the RIAA.

In 2007, Kanye released his third album, Graduation. The album was again a huge success and debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart. It has since been certified double platinum by the RIAA.

Kanye’s fourth studio album, 808s & Heartbreak, was released in 2008. The album was a departure from his previous work and featured more electronic and autotuned vocals. Although it was not as commercially successful as his previous albums, it still received positive reviews from music critics.

Kanye’s fifth studio album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, was released in 2010 to critical acclaim. It too debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and became one of the highest-rated albums of all time by music critics.

His sixth studio album, Yeezus, was released in 2013 and received positive reviews from music critics. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and sold over two million copies in the United States.

The seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016. It also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and has since been certified platinum by the RIAA.

The Kanye West’s Entrepreneurial Path

Following the release of his debut album, Kanye West began designing and manufacturing his own line of clothing and sneakers. Introducing Shutter Shades in 2008, a sleek new sneaker that incorporates traditional shutter-style sunglasses.

He then produced the “Air Yeezy” line in 2009, a highly successful shoe that lasted until 2013. The Adidas Yeezy Boosts were officially released on December 3, 2013, after months of anticipation and rumors.  

West has also released several fashion lines, including DW by Kanye West, Pastelle Clothing, and A.P.C. Kanye West. He has also been involved in the creative direction of numerous fashion brands, such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and Nike.

He also founded a production company and record label, “GOOD Music”, in 2004. The label has since signed artists such as John Legend, Big Sean, Pusha T, Kid Cudi, and Mos Def.

Kanye West and his mother started the “Kanye West Foundation” (now called the Dr. Donda West Foundation) in 2003. It aims to provide access to arts and music education for children in low-income communities. [2]

He also founded “Got Bars” in 2013, a free music writing program that helps young people in high-risk areas of Chicago learn how to write and record their own music.

 “I feel that I’m very blessed. But with great blessings come great responsibility.” – Kanye West

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The Kanye West Method

Kanye West is an achievement machine. As we’ve just outlined, he’s been tallying up his wins and accomplishments year-over-year for more than a decade now. But how does he do it?

Well, this video production by El Taco Supreme provides a nice analysis on the creative genius of Kanye that has helped him achieve so much so fast. Give it a look if you want to learn what Kanye’s true secret to success is….

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Lessons Learned

The Kanye West Success Story is one of dedication, hard work, and perseverance. Despite all the obstacles he has faced in his life, he has always pushed forward and continued to achieve success in most of the projects he pursued. He is a true inspiration to all who aspire to follow their dreams.

Some lessons we can take away from Kanye West’s success story are the importance of following your dreams, leveraging your talents, and perseverance. And that no matter what obstacles you face in life, if you take the risk to pursue your talents, and keep pushing forward and working hard, you can achieve success. No doubt, Kanye West is a true inspiration to all who want to make their mark on the world.

Final Thoughts

Kanye West is one of the most successful and influential musicians of our time. The Kanye story is an inspiration to many people who are chasing their dreams. It’s important for us to think about how we can integrate the lessons we’ve learned from Kanye West into our own lives and use them to achieve success.

We can summarize the Kanye West success story with three important points: dedication, hard work, and perseverance. No matter what obstacles you face in life, if your chasing your dream, keep pushing forward and working hard, and you can achieve success.

Till then,

STRIVE

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[1] Complex: The Story Behind Kanye West’s 90’s Chicago Rap Group , The Go-Getters

[2] Britannica: Kanye West

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THE RIHANNA SUCCESS STORY

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Rihanna is a famous singer, songwriter, and actress. She has sold over 200 million records and has won numerous awards, including eight Grammy Awards. In addition to her music career, Rihanna has also launched several successful businesses, including the fashion line Savage X Fenty and the beauty line Fenty Beauty. How was it that this young woman from Barbados was able to achieve such incredible success? Read on to learn more about her remarkable journey to fame. 

“Sometimes It Takes A Thousand Tries To Win.”

– rihanna –

The Early Years

Rihanna was born in Saint Michael, Barbados, on February 20, 1988. When she was just a child, she enjoyed singing and exploring around her neighborhood. She loved music and was a creative spirit from a young age.

However, life wasn’t always carefree for Rihanna. She witnessed her father’s alcoholism, which carried over to domestic abuse. Her father regularly hit Rihanna’s mother, to the point where it became commonplace. The authorities were never involved since the family didn’t want their conflicts to be put on public display. At times, this violence extended to Rihanna as well.

Despite these conflicts, Rihanna’s father imparted a strong entrepreneurial spirit onto her. He would sell clothing on the side of the road, and she would oftentimes join him. She also began to sell small items and sweets at school for a profit, helping to contribute to her family’s income.

The Struggle

Eventually, Rihanna’s father became consumed by his additions. He regularly chose drugs and alcohol over providing funds for housing and food, which put tremendous stress on Rihanna as the oldest sibling of the family. Although her father would eventually clean up and try to make things right, the damage had been done.

At the same time, Rihanna was experiencing bullying on a regular basis at school. Because she was mixed and much lighter-skinned than her classmates, they would often call her derogatory names.

This led to Rihanna developing a tough exterior, which would eventually become one of her defining characteristics. However, she harbored depression and anxiety that manifested as headaches and excruciating migraines.

The Breakthrough

Despite the challenges she faced, Rihanna was determined to make a name for herself. During her high school years, Rihanna loved to sing with her friends for fun. She formed a musical group with two other classmates which gave her ample opportunity to refine her talent. This was both a healing outlet for her and a source of joy.

Rihanna Story

Her life changed drastically after she met Evan Rogers, a New York City-based music producer. While Rogers and his wife Jackie were vacationing in Barbados in 2003 for Christmas, they happened to run into each other. He was blown away by Rihanna’s voice and offered her the chance to record some tracks in New York that upcoming spring.

Rihanna composed almost a dozen songs with Rogers and his partner Carl Sturken. She began searching for a label that would distribute her music. Rihanna came into contact with Shawn Carter, popularly known as Jay-Z, who was president and CEO of Def Jam Recordings. The rapper was quick to offer her a contract, which led to her debut release “Pon De Replay” in 2005.

Her debut album, “Music of the Sun” followed shortly after and was a commercial success. The album reached the top ten in multiple countries and sold over two million copies worldwide. Rihanna had made it big and she was only 17 years old.

The Rise to Fame

Rihanna’s second album, “A Girl like Me” was released in 2006. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard 200 and sold over two million copies worldwide. It featured the hit singles “SOS” and “Unfaithful”.

However, it was Rihanna’s third album “Good Girl Gone Bad” that catapulted her to global superstardom. The album topped charts in over fifteen countries and was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America. It spawned the hit singles “Umbrella”, “Take a Bow”, and “Disturbia”.

Rihanna’s fourth studio album, “Rated R” was released in 2009 to critical acclaim. The album featured a more edgy sound and Rihanna collaborated with a number of artists such as Slash and will.i.am. It yielded the hit singles “Hard” and “Rude Boy”.

By this point, Rihanna had become one of the most popular and successful singers in the world. She had won numerous awards and was ranked as one of the 100 most powerful celebrities by Forbes.[1]

In 2012, Rihanna released her fifth studio album “Unapologetic”. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and spawned the hit singles “Diamonds” and “Stay”.

Rihanna has released eight studio albums to date and shows no signs of slowing down. She is one of the best-selling artists of all time with over 280 million records sold worldwide.

The Entreprenurial Path

Rihanna has also ventured into other business ventures, and this is where the majority of her massive billion dollar net worth originates from. She is the richest woman entrepreneur behind Oprah Winfrey and is the wealthiest female musician in the world.

Rihanna has a number of business ventures which include her makeup line Fenty Beauty, lingerie line Savage x Fenty, and luxury fashion brand Fenty.

Rihanna made her business debut in 2011 when she released her first fragrance, Reb’l Fleur – the scent sold $80 million in the first year. The following year, she released another scent, Rebelle, and has since launched almost a dozen fragrances and another is on the way through her beauty brand, Fenty.

As a creative director, she has served at Puma, Mac, River Island, Armani, CoverGirl, and Dior. These connections helped her to learn the business and develop key partnerships.

In 2017, Rihanna founded her own makeup brand known as Fenty Beauty. The brand focused on the inclusivity of all women’s skin tones and became a trendsetter for women of color. The brand debuted with 40 foundation shades and has now expanded to include concealer, highlighters, lipstick, and more.

Her clothing brand, Savage x Fenty, is also popular for its inclusivity. The line features lingerie and sleepwear in a range of sizes – from XS to XXXL.

Lessons Learned

What can we learn from Rihanna’s success story?

First and foremost, never give up on your dreams. Rihanna was rejected by many of her peers and struggled in the family before she eventually found a home at Def Jam Recordings.

Second, always be innovative and push the envelope. Rihanna has constantly pushed the boundaries with her music and fashion sense.

Third, be a multi-talented individual. Rihanna is not just a singer, but also an actress, songwriter, and fashion designer. This has helped her to become a successful businesswoman.

Fourth, know your worth and demand for it. Rihanna has always been vocal about her worth and refused to be taken advantage of. As a result, she has been able to command high fees for her work.

Last but not least, always give back to the community. Rihanna is an active philanthropist and has donated millions of dollars to various charities over the years. In honor of her grandparents, Rihanna created the Clara Lionel Foundation to support educational initiatives, respond to emergencies during “natural disasters,” and advocate for policy system change for communities around the world.[2] 

The Making of a Pop-Culture Icon

Rihanna is one of a kind, and her story is unique and powerful. If you’re looking for a deeper inside look at the making of this pop-culture icon, then you’ll enjoy this short video of the pop-star:

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Final Thoughts

The Rihanna success story is an inspiration to many people around the world. Her hard work and dedication have paid off, and she is now one of the most successful young women in the world.

If you’re looking for some advice, take a page from Rihanna’s book and never give up on your dreams. Be innovative, be multi-talented, know your worth, and always give back to the community. We can all learn something from the inspiring Rihanna story and use it to fuel our own dreams.

Till next time,

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