It’s a fact, success eludes most people. And chances are high it’s even eluded you once or twice too. Which is why we’ve pulled together this collection of motivational stories for you. Our aim is to convince you that success won’t evade you forever. Especially if you decide to press on and stay the course no matter what.
We know success is elusive for everyone. At least it is initially. Success is tricky, it evades, dodges, and ducks away from just about every single person who pursues her. And this is especially the case early in the chase.
The great news is, that success can be found and captured. But, it is only done so by the truly committed. These “lucky few” eventually reach their aim because they discover the qualities that must be possessed before they can win the game. Qualities such as high effort, courage, and self-discipline.
But most importantly, they’ll discover success because they learn how to master the most difficult success quality of them all. Which is, believe it or not… staying power.
Staying power; otherwise known as determined persistence and never giving in, is what helps people reach their eventual destination.
There’s No Magic Pill
Now, if there were a magic pill we could give you to help you become a human battering ram, the type of battering ram that hammers away on the doors of success until it gets through, we’d give it to you. But, no such pill exists.
However, what we can give you is a few motivational stories to inspire a stronger belief that you can succeed, if you will but persist. And that’s what we have for you today friend. 11 short motivational stories to help you strengthen your staying power. 11 stories to help you win.
So, if you want to give those doors of success a real scare, read these 11 motivational stories about striving with the utmost care.
BEST MOTIVATIONAL STORIES
1. Paulo Coelho:
When ‘The Alchemist’ was first published some 30 some years ago, no one noticed. A bookseller in the northeast corner of the country told the author, Paulo Coelho, that only one person purchased a copy during that first week when it was released. Un-phased by the silent reception, Paulo Coelho confidently waited for those next few sales to come in. And he would wait a long time too, as it took six more months before his second copy was sold—and it was sold to the exact same person who bought the first!
By the end of that first year, Paulo Coelho’s publisher lost hope in his book and so decided to cancel his contract and cut him loose.
But, Paulo Coelho didn’t let that demoralizing rejection paralyze him. Instead of quitting like many would at this point, he decided to be steadfast, and continued to pursue his vision. So, he looked for another publisher. He looked, and looked, and looked until he finally found one. And with it, he found his second chance.
Once his book was published again, it slowly started to sell by word of mouth. His persistence started to pay off, as he eventually sold three thousand books, then six, then ten. Month over month year over year his book sales started to grow. And now… ‘The Alchemist’ has sold over 150 million copies across the world.
It’s a good thing Paulo Coelho had staying power. Had he quit, he wouldn’t be who he is today, a literary legend.
“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo CoelhoTweet Quote
2. Michael Jordan:
Most people don’t know this, but when Michael Jordan was a sophomore in high school, he was eager to prove himself as a great basketball player. As such, he tried out for the Varsity squad. But guess what? Things didn’t go as planned. Jordan got cut from the team.
Considering he had such big dreams as a star basketball player, that rejection hit him really hard. In fact, it hit him so hard that he went home, locked himself in his room, and cried.
Now Jordan cried, cried, and cried, but he didn’t quit. He picked himself up and decided to at least crush it on the JV squad. And crush it he did. He also decided to train his ass off in the off season. He even grew four inches. And then that next year, Michael Jordan did what all winners do….he tried again.
This time, however, he made the team, and quickly became the school’s best player. By the time he was a senior, he made the McDonalds’ All-American team. Then he went off to play in college…and the rest is history.
Michael Jordan didn’t quit. Instead he transformed his failure into fuel for future success. He then used that fuel to become “The Michael Jordan”. The man who would score 32,292 points in his basketball career, acquire 6 NBA championships, collect 5 MVP titles, and come to be known to many, as the GOAT (Greatest of all time).
So, the moral of this motivational story is that no, doesn’t mean never.
3. Lionel Messi:
If you keep up with soccer, then you’ve probably heard of Lionel Messi. At age of 11, Messi was cut from his soccer team because he was too small. He was diagnosed with a growth hormone deficiency which made him much smaller than most kids his age.
However, Messi didn’t let this stop him. Instead, week after week after week, every day, before going to sleep, he would inject growth hormones into himself. Messi would do this for seven days in one leg, then seven days in the other, for six long years.
Fortunately, Messi’s foresight and persistence paid off. Now, he is one of the highest paid soccer players, having a net worth of over 400 million, is considered one of the best soccer players of all time, and has won soccer’s greatest achievement, ‘The Ballon d’Or’ five times.
Even when it seems nature is against you at first, she bends to those with a strong will and staying power.
4. Steven Pressfield:
Steven Pressfield is a professional hero to many, especially authors. Here’s why….
It took Steven Pressfield 17 years before he made his first dollar as a writer. He wrote for 27 years before he got his first novel published (The Legend of Bagger Vance).
During that time, Steven worked at 21 different jobs in eleven states. He taught school, drove tractor-trailers, worked in advertising and as a screenwriter in Hollywood, he worked on offshore oil rigs, and even picked fruit as a migrant worker, but he never gave up. Sure, he had to go back and work for “the man” from time to time, but he kept his eye on the prize; his dream.
This is why his pursuit of his passion is the epitome of staying power.
Now, Steven is the author of over 21 books and is a source of inspiration for authors and creative people around the world.
Art is war, and so is finding success in general. So, if your dreams are slow to come don’t lose heart, just remember Steven Pressfield, and be willing to fight long and hard for your art.
“Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember one rule of thumb: the more scared we are of a work or calling, the more sure we can be that we have to do it.” – Steven PressfieldTweet Quote
5. Steven Spielberg:
Steven Spielberg’s journey to becoming well, Steven Spielberg is a fantastic motivational story. Here’s why, Spielberg was rejected from USC film school three times. But that didn’t stop him, instead, he just tried a different school. He applied to Cal State, Long Beach, and got into their film program. And while still a student a Cal State, he landed an unpaid internship at Universal Studios. It was a fortuitous gig that soon led his dropping out. It was a calculated move that would allow him to rub elbows with movie makers at Universal Studios to shortening his path to fulfilling his dream.
Unfortunately, his internship didn’t last long enough for him to break into the movie business like he had planned. But, undeterred, Steven would still sneak in to the studios, pretending to work there so he could learn more about movies until he could catch his break.
Legend has it, that he had an 8 mm film that he knew the studio executives would love, if only they would watch it. He found a way to get it into their hands, but they flip flopped on him, and then said they would only watch it if he shot it on a 16-mm film. So, Steven went out and rented a 16-mm camera and reshot the whole movie. When he brought it back to the executives, they told him not to come back until it was on a 35-mm film. Undeterred, he jumped through their hoops and reshot the movie on the 35-mm film.
Finally, the executives decided to relent and gave his movie a look. And the rest is history. The movie went on to win a prize at the Atlanta film festival and helped Steven lock in a 7-year contract directing movies with Universal.
No doubt, If you keep looking for your break, the day will come when you find it.
“Sometimes a dream almost whispers… it never shouts. Very hard to hear. So you have to, every day of your lives, be ready to hear what whispers in your ear.” – Steven SpielbergTweet Quote
6. Stephen King:
Before he was the king of horror, Stephen King was essentially a starving artist. Money was so scarce in his early writing days, that he and his wife had to live in a trailer, couldn’t afford a telephone, had to borrow clothes for their wedding, and worked multiple jobs to support their family and keep the lights on.
But, the pull of his dream to write was greater that his economic plight.
On top of the financial challenges Stephen King faced, he, like most authors, experienced lots of rejection. In fact, he received 60 rejections before selling his first story, “The Glass Floor” for a measly $35. But, he kept on writing, striving, and struggling, until he eventually sold his next story. And fortunately, his next story would set him up to write full-time, forever. What was the name of that book? “Carrie”.
Having published over 200 short stories, 58 novels, and selling over 350 million copies, Stephen King is not just the king of horror, he’s also the king of staying power.
7. Walt Disney:
Everyone knows who this legend is. But, did you know before Walt Disney was “The Walt Disney”, he had once been fired because his boss thought he lacked imagination and had no good ideas?
We know, it’s crazy to think that he would ever be considered the opposite of what he ended up being so great at.
Fortunately, Walt Disney didn’t listen to his critics, and pressed on to create his own cartoon animation company. Now, just because he pressed on doesn’t mean he hit it big right away. He would go on to experience a few additional failures along the way (along with few small successes), but ultimately, he kept on pressing forward, innovating, and improving on his love for animation.
And, well…he eventually smashed through those doors of success and went on to become the creator of the household name that we’ve all come to know and love.
Truly, every success, at some time or another, has had to learn how to believe in themselves when no one else on this big blue planet is willing to hold the same belief. And the chances are high you’ll have to do the same.
So, when someone tries to halt your vision, just remember good ole Walt Disney. Ignore your critics, believe in yourself, and get yourself back into the game.
You may not realize it when it happens, but a kick in the teeth may be the best thing in the world for you.” – Walt DisneyTweet Quote
8. Jack Canfield & Mark Victor Hansen:
The authors of the now famous ‘Chicken Soup for the Soul’ series of books faced massive obstacles when first starting out. Some publishers said their books would never sell. Others said that their title was stupid, and that nobody bought collections of short stories.
Undeterred, this dynamic duo went on to reach out to publisher after publisher. They suffered through 123 rejections before things started to look up for them.
Fortunately, they didn’t take no for an answer, because they eventually found stratospheric success with their books, and as a result have sold over 500 million books across the world.
If it wasn’t for their staying power and dogged perseverance, they never would have become the founders of one of the most successful publishing franchises in the world today.
9. Howard Shultz:
Thanks to the persistence and tenacity of Howard, today we can enjoy a delicious Starbucks coffee as we work at our computers in just about every city in the United States of America.
Most people don’t know this, but when Howard Shultz was just starting out, he was finding it very difficult to convince investors to write him a check. It would take more than 214 rejections before he found someone who believed in his idea enough to help him fund it.
Now that’s staying power. But that’s not all. In it’s infancy, his company also incurred losses for three straight years. And on one of those early years, 1989 to be exact, he incurred more than $1 million in losses alone. Fortunately, he managed to stick with his goal, and completely turned his company around and into one of the strongest brands on the planet. His k
Howard Shultz was a beast, and his efforts have made his pursuit a classic motivational story!
“I am convinced that most people can achieve their dreams and beyond if they have the determination to keep trying.” – Howard SchultzTweet Quote
10. Robert Kiyosaki:
The man behind the extremely successful ‘Rich Dad Poor Dad’ brand, Robert Kiyosaki is a prime example of persistence in action.
His first business sold those cool looking velcro wallet’s that were all the rage in the 80’s. Unfortunately, he didn’t protect his product with patents and eventually went bankrupt after competitors snatched up most of his market share.
But he persisted, and soon after went on to start another company that sold licensed apparel for heavy metal bands, unfortunately, that company would eventually flounder as well.
He kept pressing forward though, seeking his one-way ticket out of the rat race. While working for the Xerox company to pay the bills, he kept striving to build a business. Eventually, he found success when his first financial education company took off. Soon after, he then sold that company and leveraged his new-found wealth to become the wealth guru and best-selling author he is today.
Robert Kiyosaki didn’t know the how, because hardly any of us do. But, he knew the where. He knew where he wanted to go, and kept moving forward, failure after failure until he got there.
“Winners are not afraid of losing. But losers are. Failure is part of the process of success. People who avoid failure also avoid success.” – Robert KiyosakiTweet Quote
11. Steve Harvey:
Steve Harvey, the now famous American television presenter, comedian, actor, author, and game show host has a great motivational story. Harvey was once a struggling, starving artist. And before he would become the famous host of ‘Family Feud’, and essentially a household name, he had to conquer many obstacles first.
In Harvey’s early days, when he was just in grade school, after being asked what he wanted to be when he grew up, he shared with his teacher and his entire class that he wanted to be on T.V. After speaking about his dreams, his teacher lambasted him, and assured him that he would never make it on Television. His teacher told him that his dream was impossible because no one in his community ever made it on T.V… Nor would he make it in the show business because he had a speech impediment.
But, Harvey didn’t let his teacher dismantle his dream. No, he would strive and struggle to make a name for himself after getting out of school. And for nearly 12 years after he turned 18, he would do small stand up comedy gigs, and local shows to break into show biz. Interestingly, on the day he was considering giving up, instead of calling his dad to tell him he quit, he called an answering machine his parents set up for him for anyone who was looking to get in touch with him. And on that answering machine was a message from the Apollo Comedy Club inviting him to come on to their show. Delighted by the invitation, Harvey pounced on the opportunity. And once he got on T.V., he never looked back. Steve Harvey has been on T.V. ever since.
“A person has to remember that the road to success is always under construction. You have to get that through your head. That it is not easy becoming successful.” – Steve HarveyTweet Quote
Bonus Motivational Story:
Here’s one last and final motivational story. It is one that you may already be familiar with as they made a movie about it. This story is about about Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger, a 5 foot 6 inch man who dreamed of playing football for Notre Dame.
Rudy was dyslexic, undersized, and wasn’t gifted with the exceptional speed or strength that’s typically found amongst many other football players. He didn’t receive any scholarships to play football, nor was he invited to play anywhere, but he stayed true to his dream, so he walked-on to the team.
As a member of the scout team, he tried and tried again to make the official team, striving to do whatever it took to suite up in the blue and gold and enter the arena as Fighting Irish football player. He would go on to struggle for four long years. He would pour his heart into each practice, giving each one his full effort, all for one single moment. He did it for one single opportunity, to get on to the field and play.
His grit and dedication to reaching his life’s goal of getting on that field inspired his entire team, community, and thousands of Fighting Irish fans. Rudy’s determination, heart, and commitment to never quitting helped him finally fulfill his dream of playing for the Fighting Irish.
On the last three plays of the last game of the season, Rudy finally got his shot. His coach put him in with very little time left on the clock, but Rudy seized his moment of glory. And on the final play of the game, Rudy sacked the quarterback.
Rudy’s persistence, dogged determination, and commitment to his dream, led him to becoming the first player in Notre Dame history to ever get carried off the field by his teammates.
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The key takeaways from these motivational stories is the following: No does not mean never, and the struggle won’t last forever, but if you lack staying power, success will inevitably evade you altogether.
The road to success is filled with no’s, rejections, mishaps and failures along the way. But, despite all the obstacles, if you want to achieve your aims, you must decide to keep going every single day.
So, if you’ve learned anything from these inspirational stories, we hope it is this: That there are only two rules when it comes to success. Rule number one, never give up. Rule number two, never forget rule number one.
Till next time,
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THE DAVE RAMSEY STORY OF SUCCESS
Dave Ramsey is one of the most inspiring and well-known personalities when it comes to personal finance. He’s also a best-selling author of multiple popular personal finance books like ‘Baby Steps Millionaires’, ‘The Total Money Makeover’, ‘More Than Enough’, and the massively successful ‘Financial Peace’. And he hosts a radio program that airs on over 670 radio stations across the U.S. giving him a reach of over 80 million listeners each month. To top it all off, Dave Ramsey is also a multi-millionaire. Needless to say, Dave Ramsey is a success.
So what is his secret? Well, we believe success leaves clues. It’s the reason why we publish the success stories of inspiring icons like Dave Ramsey. We know every success story contains little gems of insight that can teach, guide, and lead us towards our own version of success. So, with that being said, if you’re ready to explore Dave Ramsey’s inspiring life and career, let’s dive in to his story.
THE DAVE RAMSEY STORY
Dave Ramsey was born on September 3rd, 1960 in Antioch, Tennessee. His parents were both real estate agents and developers. And like many ambitious folks striving to be self-made, his parents were into self-improvement, positive thinking, and goal setting.
In fact, they would often have Dave and his sister listen to motivational tapes on family vacations and road trips. They also aimed to instill in them responsibility and the need for having a strong work ethic.
One example of how Dave’s parents aimed to ensure he become responsible and self-reliant, can be traced back to a moment when Dave, at the age of 12 asked his father for some money, and his father’s response to his request was essentially, that he didn’t need money, what he really needed was a job, because that’s where money came from.
It was this type of encouragement which helped Dave become entrepreneurial and business savvy at a young age. He was essentially forced to tap into his resourcefulness.
This is what led him down the path of eventually starting his own lawncare business, bracelet selling business, and various other small ventures to earn a buck in his youth.
Then, by the age of 18, he would turn his ambition towards selling real estate.
Dave Ramsey’s need to make his own money in his younger years was a form of real-world business education. He learned how to transform his ambition for money into a value-adding services that helped him acquire more of it.
Once Dave graduated high school, he would turn his sights on acquiring a formal education in the realm of business. Thus, he enrolled at The University of Tennessee.
And he enrolled while still maintaining a job selling real estate for over 40 hours a week.
Thus, after a few grueling years of blood sweat and tears, his hard work eventually paid off. He graduated with degrees in Finance and Real Estate and with zero debt.
Living The Dream
Once Dave graduated things really started taking off for him. He got married at the age of 22, end then went all-in in the real estate business. And it wasn’t long before his real estate venture started growing dramatically.
In fact, he was pulling in $250,000 a year, which would come out to around $680, 000 a year in today’s money. On top this, he had simultaneously reached millionaire status by the ripe young age of 26.
For all intents and purposes, Dave Ramsey was living the dream. He had an income, net worth, family, and career that most people would be envious of. However, he also possessed something else, and it contained the seeds of his dream’s destruction; debt.
That’s right, Dave Ramsey’s ambitious business dealings in his early career led to his accruing more debt than he should have to fund his real estate investments. Things really started to fall apart for Dave after the Banking Act of 1986 was passed.
This new act saw many banks change their rules for ownership and the types of risks they were willing to take.
Over-Leveraged Leads To Loss
And in their eyes, Dave Ramsey was over-leveraged and looked like a big risk to the banks. As a result, many of the banks that Dave Ramsey had loans with called on them.
Meaning, they wanted their money back A.S.A.P. They eventually gave him 90 days to unload over $1.2 million dollars, and when he couldn’t unload the debt, he defaulted.
All in all, Ramsey had over $4 million in debt. And after struggling to repay his called debts for over two and a half years, and getting very near to paying them all back by trimming it down to just $378K, he eventually capitulated.
On September 22, 1988 Dave decided to call a bankruptcy attorney to keep the Sheriff out of his house. So, to ensure the rest of his furniture and personal belongings that his family needed weren’t seized, he filed bankruptcy the next day.
After essentially loosing everything due to the bankruptcy, Ramsey decided to start all over again. But this time, he opted to learn everything he could about money so that this would never happen to him and his family again.
He begin studying everything he could get his hands on that related to money and it’s proper management. He also begin seeking out the advice and wisdom of elders in his community. And he eventually turned his sights towards seeing what he could learn about money from the Bible.
After pooling all of his new knowledge about money together, he slowly begin his climb back into prosperity and determined to never get into debt again.
As fate would have it, Dave was asked by a fellow church-goer for advice on how to improve his downward spiraling financial situation so he could avoid bankruptcy. Dave jumped at the opportunity to be of service, and word eventually go out about the pragmatic and wise financial council he was able to offer others.
And as they say, the rest was history. Before Dave knew it, his advice began to be sought out by more and more people from his church, and then the local community.
Dave, took advantage of the the growing interest and decided to start teaching classes about budgeting, personal finances, which eventually led him to the launching of his own financial education company, ‘The Lampo Group, Inc.’
Soon there after the opportunity arose for him to get on a radio show to share his financial advice, and the people love him. So, stay on air to scale up the amount of people his financial advice could impact. The radio show grew slowly and steadily, but didn’t make a profit for the first 10 years.
However, with every show Dave Ramsey did, and every new person whom he helped financially, his popularity grew, and with it, his influence and his fortune. His show is now called ‘The Dave Ramsey Show’ and it airs all over the country. He also has a podcast and a YouTube channel where he publishes recorded versions of his talk show.
His YouTube channels have over 2.7 million subscribers, and his show now reaches over 80 million per week. Having committed to never allowing himself and his family to experience the hardship he put them through all those years ago, as well his commitment to serving as many people as he can with his financial knowledge, he’s become a multi-millionaire and extremely successful once again.
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Success Ethos | Dave Ramsey Success Story
So, how did Dave Ramsey become successful? From observing his success story it should be apparent that a good share of his success is due to the strong encouragement and positive programming he received from his parents at an early age.
In addition this, much of his success is directly related to his own ambitious efforts to make money, as well the many risks he’s taken in his career to accelerate his financial standing.
Lastly, it could be said that Dave’s Ramsey’s success, especially his more recent success, is a bi-product of his ability to help and serve large amounts of people. Dave knows how to manage money, and more importantly, he knows how a person should NOT manage money if they want to avoid financial ruin.
Thus, it’s his ability leverage the airways to help millions and millions of people learn of his message and advice, that affords him the massive success he’s achieved.
Success In His Own Words
Having said, that here are a handful of insightful words of wisdom from Dave Ramsey. We believe they also provide clues as to what he believes it takes to find success in life.
“When you believe, you can do a lot of things that really don’t make a lot of sense.” – Dave RamseyTweet Quote
“Every person falls down at some point. Successful people choose to get back up!” – Dave RamseyTweet Quote
“Earning a lot of money is not the key to prosperity. How you handle it is.” – Dave RamseyTweet Quote
In summary, success is bi-product of belief, persistence, overcoming failure, and being smart with the management of your money.
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More Dave Ramsey Success Insights
Below is a powerful video of Dave Ramsey’s story. Its worth watching if you want to be inspired, or if you just want to learn even more about Dave and his amazing success journey. Enjoy!
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Having gone from being a millionaire to broke, and then back to becoming not just a millionaire again, but a multi-millionaire, Dave Ramsey knows a thing or two about success and how to make a comeback in life.
He also knows a great deal about how to be smart with your money. So, if you need a little inspiration when life gets hard, don’t hesitate to come back for some encouragement. Or, if you’re looking for some ways to improve you financial situation, be sure to check out his show. Without exaggeration, it’s a treasure trove of financial wisdom.
Having said that, now it’s up to you to take what you’ve learned from this Dave Ramsey success story, and get out there and create your own abundant and financially secure future.
Till your reach those aims,
THE WALT DISNEY SUCCESS STORY
Walt Disney was an innovative American animator, film producer, and visionary entrepreneur. Being the founder of Disneyland and all things Disney, he hardly needs an introduction as most people know who he is. However, what most people don’t know about Walt Disney, was that before he became the American icon that everyone has come to know and love, he was the product of a true rags-to-riches story. So, that’s exactly what we aim to unravel in this Walt Disney Success Story.
Every successful person leaves a blueprint, and more often than not, their journey leaves small clues that we can all benefit from, if we look closely enough. Every success story we publish about visionaries, success icons, and high achievers Walt Disney, aims to reveal some of those clues for you.
So, if you’re ready dig into Walt Disney’s story to see what can be learned for the benefit of your own personal journey, then let’s get started:
THE WALT DISNEY STORY
Walt Disney was born in Chicago, Illinois in December of 1901. His father was a construction worker, but also dabbled in a variety of businesses like mail delivery, orange grove farmer, newspaper delivery, and carpenter. And his mother was a grammar schoolteacher and a homemaker.
Walt was the fourth youngest of five kids. And his family moved around quite a bit in his formative years. As a kid, he lived in Chicago for a few years, then a farm in Missouri, then eventually Kansas City, Missouri, wrapping his final years in high school back in Chicago.
The family bounced around to make ends meet. That, and Walt’s father was restless, but he was hard worker. He often put Walt to work, getting him to assist him with his newspaper delivery route. His father’s hard-driving ways, with little to show for, actually pushed his two of his brothers to run away from home early on.
But Walt stuck around, at least for a while. At the age of 16, he set his sights on joining the military to help the war effort during WW1. After getting declined because of his age, he signed up with Red Cross and was shipped out to France.
Stumbling To Success
Walt Disney didn’t spend much time overseas, as he caught the tail end of WW1. Barely a year later, he found himself back in the United States looking for work.
Following his interest in drawing, which was a skill he grew fond of growing up, he found work with the Kansas City Star newspaper in Kansas City, MO. It was one of his first jobs, but he was fired shortly after starting, as his editor felt he lacked imagination and had no good ideas.
Walt Disney stumbled, but he dusted himself off and quickly found work with a Commercial Art Studio. Just a year later, in 1920, Walt Disney and a friend named Ub Iwerks, decided to go out on their own, and start their very own business as commercial artists.
They named their company the Iwerks Disney Commercial Artists.
Unfortunately, the enterprise failed miserably after just one month of being in business. This forced both entrepreneurs to get a job.
Fortunately, they found work with the Kansas City Slide Company, which was essentially an advertising firm. With this new job, Disney was able to pay the bills, while simultaneously improving his craft of drawing and animation while at work.
He was also known to experiment with different drawing and animation styles while at home.
Not being one to rest on his laurels, Walt Disney believed that the animation style he had been practicing at home was superior to the style that was being used by his employer.
So, at the age of 20, after having his suggestions to implement this new style shot down at his place of work, he decided to strike out on his own again. This time, his business would be focused on creating short entertainment films known as Laugh-O-Grams.
Walt aptly named his new venture, Laugh-O-Gram Studios. The goal of this studio was to produce short entertaining films that incorporated advertising, using the animation style he had been working on.
The venture started off strong with Disney being able to secure a few contracts. But the money soon dried up and they found themselves in financial trouble.
Disney eventually found himself sleeping in the studio and being forced to eat dog food, as he couldn’t afford to pay rent for his own place or a decent meal. In 1923, just after two years of being in business, Disney’s venture went bankrupt.
With just $40 in his pocket and a dream to start fresh as a film director, Walt Disney bought a one-way ticket to Los Angeles, California. He moved in with his Aunt, Uncle, and his brother Roy, but Walt was still determined to become a success.
Just 2 months after getting settled in at his new home, Walt Disney was contacted by a film distributor in New York who was losing her rights to a few silent films that belonged to her. Being aware of Disney’s talent, she connected with him to contract out a new series.
It was at this moment that Walt Disney Studios was born. The company was initially named the Disney brother studios, as Walt and his brother Roy founded it together, but it would eventually take on the name of just Walt Disney.
The studio produced its first set of works from his Uncle’s garage. Worked soon picked up, and Walt Disney eventually created a cartoon character that skyrocketed his success.
The character’s name was Oswald The Rabbit. Unfortunately, Walt’s string of failures wasn’t over. After partnering with Universal Studios to distribute this hit character far and wide, Walt learned that his character was secretly patented by them.
Walt soon lost his artists, as Universal Studios hired them away, and they refused to pay him.
Persisting In The Face of Failure
Despite Walt Disney’s setbacks, he persisted. He went on to create even more characters and story lines. And the public soon fell in love with his hit creation, Mickey Mouse.
After Disney aligned his studios with Columbia Pictures and United Artists, his business and fame began to improve. But his biggest break would come at the age of 37, after Snow White and The Seven Dwarfs went viral, becoming the most successful motion picture of 1938.
And for the next 20 years, Walt Disney would grow the number of characters produced by his studio, as well as the stories; and with it his fame and fortune.
His persistence eventually led to him and his studio winning multiple Academy awards for their films. They also achieved over 3 Golden Globes, and an Emmy Award.
Walt Disney’s persistence would also eventually help him open one of the largest entertainment parks in history, Disney Land. Legend has it, that he was denied over 300 times by financiers and bankers, before he was given the green light to build Disney Land.
Walt Disney studios now owns Pixar, Buenavista, Miramax, Marvel and more.
Persistence in the face of failure and rejection paid off. And that’s Walt Disney’s success story in a nutshell.
Success Ethos | Walt Disney Success Story
It’s easy to see what character traits lead to Disney’s staggering success over time, but sometimes it’s best to get success insights straight from source. So, here are a handful of Walt Disney’s best thoughts on what it takes to succeed in life:
“All of our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt DisneyClick To Tweet
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More Walt Disney Story Insights
And if you’re looking for even more insights related to Walt Disney’s inspiring story and massive success, then you’ll enjoy this video. So, if you want to dig even deeper, it’s worth the watch:
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There you have it, Walt Disney’s story of success and achievement. We covered his past, how he stumbled through multiple failures, setbacks, and bankruptcies, and how he ultimately persisted in creating one of the world’s most famous brands.
Here’s a quick recap with regards to Walt Disney’s success. These are, in our estimation, the three success qualities of his, that you may want to emulate:
Use Your Talents | Chase Your Dreams | Never Give Up
That said, we hope you’ll take the insights and inspiration you’ve gathered from this success story and use them to help you unleash your unique gifts into the world.
And of course, persist. Because it’s the only thing that’ll annoy failure enough for it to get out of the way of your success.
Till you reach your aims,
PS – If you enjoy this Walt Disney Story then you may also find this related article interesting: Walt Disney’s Net Worth.
THE NICK VUJICIC STORY
Nick Vujicic is a highly successful motivational speaker, international bestselling author, entrepreneur, and investor. But what makes Nick so remarkable isn’t just his accomplishments in the world of business and speaking; it’s his incredible story of overcoming adversity.
Despite being born without arms and legs due to a rare birth condition, he’s managed turn his obstacles into opportunities and achieve a wildly successful life. As such, we aim to zero-in on the mindset and methods he used in this Nick Vujicic Story.
In this story, we will take a closer look at Nick’s journey and showcase how he’s become a beacon of hope for millions of people all across the world. By understanding the steps he’s taken to become successful, we can better apply his principles to our own lives and hopefully conquer our own mountains.
With that said, if you’re ready to learn about the mindset of one of the inspiring humans alive, let’s dive right in to Nick Vujicic’s story.
THE NICK VUJICIC SUCCESS STORY
Nick was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1982. He was born with a disorder known as tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare condition that leaves the newborn without limbs.
From the first day he was born, he faced the realities of a hard world. His own mother struggled with his condition, and refused to hold him as a newborn.
It took his family some time to come to terms with his condition. They left the hospital as soon as they could, to avoid the unwanted attention caused by Nick’s condition.
The family struggled with Nick’s condition at first, but they eventually realized they had to deal with it, and raise their young child as best as they could.
Nick’s parents would go on to encourage him to be optimistic, and look for the silver lining in all-things. Of course, he would struggle with his peers because of how he looked.
He would even get bullied and mocked from time to time. The teasing strengthened Vujicic, but, it almost killed him. Especially when Nick considered what perceived as a hopeless future, where he’d never be able to hold a job, have a family, or get married.
In fact, when Vujicic was just 10 years old he considered taking his own life. He attempted to drown himself in his bathtub. But, the thought of how much it would pain his parents to take his own life, on top of the fact that they already had child born with such challenges, caused him to opt out.
Change Of Heart
As Vujicic grew older, he began to see the light. For years he was bitter, and angry at the world and God for his condition. Often times crying out to God, begging him for a miracle, that his arms and legs might reappear.
But, after stumbling across a specific chapter (chapter 9) in the Gospel of John, he had a change of heart. Instead of being angry and upset because of his situation, he started to look at the purpose behind his challenges.
He realized that much of his suffering was due to his attitude, the incorrect assessment of his value, and his perceived limitations. He found a new hope.
Thus, as a teenager he began sharing his message of hope, purpose, and the benefits of resilience with people at his school. He then began giving inspirational speeches at schools and events throughout his community.
A Star Is Born
Once Nick Vujicic accepted the truth of his value, the truth of his purpose, and the truth of his destiny, a star was truly born.
Nick’s change of heart opened up all sorts of opportunities for him. His message and his empowering mindset became infectious to all who would listen.
Before he knew it, Nick was being asked to give speeches not just across town, but across the country. Then, across the ocean, then the world.
Nick’s courage and tenacity for life would help him become one of the most in-demand and successful motivational speakers in modern-history. He’s since travelled to 78 countries and counting, has presented on over 3,500 different stages, and touched the hearts of hundreds of millions of people.
He’s also become a best-selling author of multiple books, a family-man with four children and a beautiful wife, and has started his own international non-profit ministry, Life Without Limbs.
On top of it all, he managed to become a multimillionaire, achieving an estimated net worth of approximately 2.5 million. It’s safe to say, Vujicic has achieved massive success.
Success Ethos | Nick Vujicic’s Story of Success
Nick Vujicic’s story is an inspiration to many. His life has been filled with many obstacles, but his willingness and ability to reframe his challenges, has helped him become the success he is today.
That said, here are just a few of his best and wisest words. Words that perfectly encapsulate the mindset that’s helped him surmount obstacles and achieve so much:
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There you have it, the inspiring story of Nick Vujicic. A story of redemption, realization, and transformation. A story of a man born without arms and legs; who went from feeling hopeless, depressed, and confused, to leaning into his challenges and living out his true purpose.
Certainly, we could all learn from Nick’s positive attitude and powerful mindset. And use him as an inspiration to live our lives on purpose and to their full potential.
Till you reach your aims,
THE ROBERT HERJAVEC STORY OF SUCCESS
Robert Herjavec is a highly successful author, venture capitalist, and motivator. On top of this, he’s one of the most popular entrepreneurs in North America, especially after he earned himself a spot as one of the key panel members on the hit reality T.V. show, ‘Shark Tank’. Having sold multiple IT companies, authoring multiple best-selling books, and making it into the entertainment business, it’s safe to say that Herjavec knows a thing or two about success. As such, we aim to unravel some useful insights for you in this Robert Herjavec story of success.
We’ve noticed that success leaves clues, and every success story contains a blueprint for achieving success for those who look close enough. And, because it’s our aim to help you find more success and fulfillment in your life, we’re publishing this article.
Of course it’s ultimately up to you to follow what you learn. So, if you’re to ready to discover what success gems Robert Herjavec’s success story contains, then let’s dive into his story:
THE ROBERT HERJAVEC STORY OF SUCCESS
Early Struggles | The Robert Herjavec Story
Robert Herjavec was born in the eastern European country of Croatia in 1962. Back then, the country was part of Yugoslavia, which was a one-party socialist state governed by Communists. Herjavec’s father was a tough and brave man who was willing to speak out against the ruling regime, and their unjust governing.
Not surprisingly, his father’s vocal anti-communist sentiment was more often than not met with incarceration. And, after being thrown in jail over 22 different times, his father finally had enough. So, he escaped his captors, and then fled the country with his family.
Robert Herjavec’s family relocated to Canada with only $20 to their name, but his father eventually found work in a factory. The money wasn’t great, but it was just enough to raise a family.
Herjavec was only 8 at the time, but his experience with the totalitarianism of the communist state of Yugoslavia, along with the dire economic conditions, and the hopelessness that his father raged against, had a lasting impact on his psyche.
In fact, he learned very early from his father, that complaining was wasteful, demonstrated a lack of appreciation, and that he should never do it, especially in light of all the sacrifices his father was making and had already made to provide him and his family with a better life.
After growing up in near poverty, Herjavec around the age of 14, became determined to contribute to a better life for his family and himself. As such, he made up his mind that he would be successful.
With a head full of hope and a heart full of ambition, he would eventually make his way to college, go on to graduate with degrees in English Literature and Political Science from the University of Toronto, and then dive into the working world.
Getting To Work
Herjavec had lots of dreams growing up. He wanted to be a detective, a vet, and even a race car driver at one point. Like most of us, he was ambitious, but a bit unfocused.
A such, his first few jobs were menial and didn’t pay much. He worked a variety of gigs such as waiter, debt collector, newspaper deliveryman, and even landed a very short-lived job as an assistant director and field producer.
Eventually, Herjavec found himself working in the computer industry, selling IBM mainframes.  He landed the job after a friend of his told him how much the salary was, and that he didn’t get the job. So, Herjavec, being extremely impressed with the $30,000 starting salary, applied for the computer job and managed to land it!
After learning the ropes of the computer business, he decided to try his hand at entrepreneurship, and started BRAK Systems, a company that focused on security integration. Herjavec’s business would thrive, and it quickly grew into one of North America’s top companies for security integration. And, fortunately for Herjavec, AT&T wanted to buy his company, which he promptly sold for approximately $20 million.
Herjavec would then leverage that experience into an executive position with a company known as RAMP Networks. As the VP of Sales for one of the first developers of VPN technology, he helped grow the company till it was acquired by Nokia for $225 million.
The 2nd Round
After experiencing such high levels of success in the business world, and getting filthy rich; Robert eventually decided to become a stay-at-home-dad. But, after three years, he became listless and wanted something more.
So he started another business and named it the Herjavec Group. And similar to his first company, he quickly grew it into a dominant player in the information technology industry. After a recent merger with Fishtech Group, his company is now known as Cyderes and is one of the largest cyber security companies in Canada.
After experiencing so much success as the founder of two businesses, and participating in multiple buy outs that made him a multimillionaire many times over, the next-phase of Herjavec’s life would begin.
After claiming to pay over $10 million dollars for a mansion in the early 2000’s, he caught the attention of writer from the National Post. And it was this publication and media exposure that eventually garnered him the attention that helped him land a role on Dragon’s Den, an earlier and Canadian version of Shark Tank.
The show was a hit in Canada, and Herjavec starred on the show from 2006 till 2012. In 2009 before he completely ended his run with The Dragon’s Den, he also worked out a contract with ABC’s Shark Tank. And the rest has been history.
Since then he’s been permanent fixture of the show, and his popularity and celebrity status continues to grow.
Related: Robert Herjavec Net Worth
Success Ethos | Robert Herjavec Story
Robert Herjavec has proven himself to be a dynamic entrepreneur. Having built multiple businesses from scratch, to selling a few for hundreds of millions, he has a strong grasp on what it takes to succeed. So, what it is Herjavec’s success ethos? What’s his secret sauce to success?
After studying Herjavec’s achievements closely enough, you’ll likely notice that he loves his work. He seems to always have a passion for what he is doing. And that passion and enthusiasm he has, has lent to his strong work ethic and his unrelenting drive to convert his vision into reality.
In addition to this, Herjavec has also pointed at the fact that success is a biproduct of being exceptional at what you do, having a willingness to take action and calculated risks, as well as having a vision you can stick with.
Here’s how he has put it, in his own words:
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There you have it, the Robert Herjavec success story that describes his journey of growing up in a land of limited opportunity, to experiencing near poverty in his youth, to then creating and selling multiple profitable businesses.
His penchant for success has allowed him to build a fortune that’s over $200 million, publish many best-selling books, and become an international celebrity. With that said, we hope you gathered a few success nuggets from Robert’s story.
But most importantly, we hope this Robert Herjavec story of success inspires you to dream more, believe more, and do more when it comes to going for your dreams.
Till you reach your aims,
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THE RHONDA BYRNE STORY OF SUCCESS
Rhonda Byrne is the highly successful Australian television producer and writer who created the hit film, ‘The Secret’. She also published her ideas in book form, which also became a best-seller and further popularized the law of attraction concept. Rhonda Byrne wasn’t always a household name or the posterchild for the mysteries of attracting success. In fact, she stems from humble beginnings, which is why we’ve decided to publish this Rhonda Byrne story.
We believe success leaves clues. We also believe that every story possesses hidden insights and some inspiring truths that can benefit us in a variety of ways. This is why we cover inspirational people like Rhonda Byrne.
So, if you’re ready to see what this Rhonda Byrne story can teach you, then let’s dive right in to the beginning of her inspiring journey:
THE RHONDA BYRNE STORY
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Rhonda Byrne was born in Melbourne, Australia in 1951. She is the oldest of five girls, and had an upbringing that was very modest. Her family didn’t have a lot of money, but she felt like she grew up blessed, stemming from a secure household where her mother and father were both madly in love with each other.
Byrne attended public schools and didn’t attend any prestigious institutions of higher education. Her early career was in radio production, but she eventually moved into video production.
After a few years in the business, she would eventually become an executive producer for television.
Her father passed away in 2004, and she took it pretty hard. Her mother especially struggled with the passing of her father, and was having a difficult time moving forward. At the same time, Byrne was expressing lots of stress with the production of a handful of crime-related movies that she was responsible for fulfilling.
After suffering numerous setbacks on her ‘Sensing Murder’ production, including going over budget, she was on the verge of losing everything. Thus, her financial stressors combined with her being grief stricken due to the loss of her father, led to her virtually collapsing in despair.
This low point in her life, led to what would eventually become her rebound. On a day when her whole world seemed to be collapsing, her daughter handed her a book, as way to help her overcome some of her financial challenges.
The book was ‘The Science of Getting Rich‘ by Wallace D. Wattles, and it would become the basis for would later become Rhonda Byrne’s ticket to turning her whole life around.
Rhonda Byrne read the book her daughter handed her. And she acquired much wisdom and comfort from reading the insights contained within Wattles’ masterpiece.
But the big secret that lead to her eventual break through can be summed up in one word, surrender. Byrne’s life was on the verge of spiraling out of control and she didn’t know how to fix the grief she was experiencing nor the bankruptcy she was facing.
But, once she surrendered, her entire outlook on life changed. In that moment of surrender her biggest inspiration had finally arrived. And as a result, everything in her physical life would dramatically change for her as well.
Taking the inspiration she gathered in her moment of surrender, along with the inspiration from the book that helped her break through her negative mindset, she got to work on producing a video that could help others do the same. The video was titled ‘The Secret’, and was published in 2006.
Later that year should would follow up that video with the book by the same name. Her results were miraculous. Just one year later, the sale of the book reached over 19 million copies sold, and the video with a few million as well.
At the age of 55, Rhonda’s life went from rock-bottom to being on top of the world. She was invited to appear on the Oprah Winfrey show, was named one TIME Magazine’s most influential people, and even made it on to Forbes Magazine.
In almost the blink of an eye (a little over a year), she went from near bankruptcy to multimillionaire.
Rhonda Byrne’s Enduring Success
Rhonda Byrne discovered the secret, shared the secret, and achieved an enduring peace of mind and a substantial level of success as a result. Even though years have passed since she first published her breakout book, she’s still living out the secret and sharing her wisdom with people all over the world.
She has since created multiple books and videos like ‘The Power’, ‘The Magic’, ‘The Greatest Secret’, and many more. In addition to these, she’s also produced popular films like ‘The Secret: Dare To Dream’.
Needless to say, she’s still practicing what she preaches, and is reaping the rewards that comes from helping so many people. That said, here are some of her wisest words regarding success and achievement that you can gleam from her short of reading her books:
“Everyone visualizes whether he knows it or not. Visualizing is the great secret of success.” – Rhonda ByrneTweet Quote
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There you have it, the Rhonda Byrne Story story of success. Her story demonstrates that even in our darkest hours, or during our biggest life challenges, the seeds to a miraculous new future can be planted.
Byrne’s story also shows us that it doesn’t matter how old we are. We can be in our 40’s or 50’s, or any age for that matter, and that things can completely turn around for us. So, if you’ve yet to experience your big break in life, just know, late doesn’t mean never.
Till you reach your aims,
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THE DAVID GOGGINS SUCCESS STORY
David Goggins is a former Navy SEAL and USAF Tactical Air Control Party member who served in Afghanistan and Iraq. He is also a world-renowned ultramarathon runner and triathlete. But what makes David so remarkable isn’t just his accomplishments in the military or the fitness world; it’s his incredible story of overcoming adversity.
In this story, we will take a closer look at David’s life story and showcase how he became one of the fittest men on Earth. By understanding the steps he took to become successful, we can better apply his principles to our own lives and hopefully achieve our own slice of greatness.
With that said, if you’re ready to learn about the mindset of one of the hardest men alive, let’s dive right in to this David Goggins Story.
THE DAVID GOGGINS STORY OF SUCCESS
How It Began | David Goggins Story
David Goggins’ beginnings were challenging, starting in the home. He endured a violent and controlling father, a family divorce, and poverty, all by the age of 8 years old. These adversities ended up manifesting as problems such as memory and attention issues as well as a stutter.
Despite having a rough home life in his youth, David had longed for a fresh start after he moved to Indiana with his mother and brother. He longed for a place where he felt safe. Nevertheless, Goggins did not anticipate the pain he would suffer during his first days at school, where he would eventually get bullied because of his unique appearance, and because and he didn’t know how to read.
Goggins didn’t appreciate the bullying, and as a result, he began skipping classes in order to escape the ridicule that was constantly lobbed at him by his classmates.
Needless to say, Goggin’s youth was not filled with sunshine and rainbows. It was a very tough and challenging way to grow up. Fortunately, those hardships didn’t break him, and instead made him stronger in the long run.
Once Goggins completed his schooling, he gave the military a shot. Unfortunately, after a failed attempt to join the Air Force’s as an elite pararescue team member due to sickle cell anemia, he became defeated for a very long time. But, Goggins persisted.
Despite the diagnosis, he refused to give up. “I wanted to feel something besides defeat. I wanted to just go the distance,” David said.
Eventually, he made his way into the Air Force, but as part of a different squad. This time around he made the cut to become part of the United States Air Force Tactical Control Party. But after a servicing for 5 years, he left the Air Force.
From a Nobody to a Somebody
After his 5 year stint in the Air Force, David found himself barely able to make ends meet. He worked as an exterminator, ate tons of junk food, and gained lots of weight. David’s life started to spiral in a downward direction and he began living an uninspired life.
Fortunately, David watched a documentary about the Navy SEALS one day, and found something to be inspired by. The challenge of becoming a seal, and having the mental and physical toughness of the program participants, gave David something to aspire towards.
Serendipitously, that show inspired Goggins to want to do more with his life. It inspired him to strive to become something more, something great. He was tired of being a nobody who just watched the lives of other great people on TV.
So, in was in that sudden moment, that he had found the motivation that would help him go on to lose more than 100 pounds in under three months. He discovered a newfound fire and energy. Thus, he channelled his driven to finally get fit and apply for the program.
He reflects that “It made me reflect on my fears, my insecurities. I saw real men who were overcoming adversity.”
In order to get in shape, David joined a gym. Despite his intentions, he was unable to run more than a quarter mile on his first day. As a result of his psychological defeat, Goggins returned home crying and turning to food for emotional support.
Despite the minor regression, this man wasn’t the same as the person who was unmotivated to grow.
So, he got back on his proverbial horse and kept moving forward. He began to cycle and heavily restructured and restricted his diet and successfully brought his weight down to be able to apply for the Navy SEALS within 3 months.
The rest, as they say, is history.
The Turning Point
David Goggins held strong to his commitment and entered Navy SEAL training. Despite tremendous progress and growth in the program, he particularly struggled with the infamous “hell week”, an intense week-long training session where SEAL candidates are forced to move with minimal sleep and food.
Despite failing this grueling week the first time around due to a case of pneumonia, and the second time due to a stress fracture injury, he responded by completing two successful “hell weeks” in the same year. This shattered his limiting beliefs around his performance abilities and further fueled his progress.
This was the lightbulb moment for Goggins where he realized he needed to acquire a strong mental toughness in order to maintain a strong physical toughness. He dedicated himself to training both the body and the mind from this point forward.
His career in the military lasted for two decades and he received the “Top Enlisted Man” award for his efforts.
Related: David Goggins Quotes
Challenges Along the Way
One of the most challenging moments in Goggin’s life was when a helicopter, containing several of Goggins’ close friends inside, crashed during Operation Red Wings in 2005.
He used this devastating tragedy as fuel to drive him further. He raised money by long-distance running and donated the proceeds to the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which grants educational scholarship opportunities to students who had lost their parents in the special operations sector. He has raised over 2 million dollars for charity.
David became an ultra-marathoner as a way to add momentum to his tragedies. The Badwater 135 is a grueling 135-mile run beginning in Death Valley, 282 feet below sea level, and ending at an elevation of 8,374 feet. To add to the excitement, it takes place in July, when Death Valley is at its hottest.
His qualification race was a one-day 100-mile run in San Diego, which he completed in 19 hours with little preparation. Upon finishing, he spent an entire year training for the Badwater 135 as hard as he could. Taking fifth place, he completed it in 30 hours.
He would next face challenges with his personal health. When David’s doctor examined him for a routine checkup in 2010, he found a birth defect called an atrial septal defect. Due to a hole between two of the atrial chambers of the athlete’s heart, the organ wasn’t able to operate at its maximum capacity. He was also struggling with progressive muscle weakness and wasting.
In order to save his life, David began to work intensely on rehabilitating himself. With consistent daily stretching, his body began to heal itself and realign. His heart also had time to restore and grow stronger.
Related: The Warrior Mindset
According to Goggins, his success is attributed to his “day one, week one” mentality. Every day he lives as though it was the first day of his new job. According to him, even though this mindset rubs people the wrong way, it works and makes him show up completely and with integrity.
He has also learned to never get comfortable with his accomplishments. He has stayed hungry for more and believes that if you are not continually challenging yourself, then you will never be satisfied with life.
David Goggins states that every day is an opportunity for achievement, and he doesn’t feel complete unless he has strived for that. His discipline is internally motivated, and unshakeable by any external standards. He aims to hold his standards higher than others do in order to achieve what others deem is impossible.
One of the most important things that David Goggins learned over his years of training and competing is the importance of mental toughness. This was a lesson that he learned early on when he first joined the Navy SEALs, but it has stuck with him throughout his life.
Goggins believes that strength of mind is what sets people apart from each other in their ability to accomplish goals and achieve success.
Related: David Goggins Net Worth
Heavy To Hardcore
If you have a few minutes to spare, here’s a short video that provides additional insight on the mindset that helped David Goggin’s go from being over 300 pounds to becoming a hardcore Navy Seal.
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David Goggins story is an inspiration for all of us who are looking to challenge ourselves mentally and physically, and change our lives in the process. He has now shared his story with many people around the world and has inspired an entire community of individuals to challenge and push themselves to achieve the impossible.
These days, David Goggins also shares his message with people all over the world through his motivational speaking business, where he uses his life stories to inspire audiences everywhere to get off their butts and get disciplined, to push their limits, and most importantly, to stay hard.
With that being said, we hope you learned a few of those strong life lessons from this David Goggins story. Namely, that if you want to achieve our full potential, we have to rid our lives of laziness and stop making excuses for our lot in life.
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THE BEN CARSON SUCCESS STORY
Ben Carson is one of the most successful American neurosurgeon’s in U.S. history. CNN and TIME Magazine once named him one of America’s 20 foremost physicians and scientists. In 2008, he’s was awarded the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom. He was also a candidate for the office of the President of the United States for the 2016 election, and was the nation’s 17th Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. In short, Ben Carson has accomplished quite a bit in his life time. As such, we’ve decided to dig into the inspiring life and achievements of the Mr. Carson in this Ben Carson Success Story special.
“There Is No Such Thing As Useless Knowledge.”
Ben Carson, is a world-class leader and a successful professional, who’s inspiring success story can teach us, guide us, and benefit us in unimaginable ways. So, with that being said, we aim to touch on the making of Ben Carson, along with insights he has conveyed over the years on how other people can lead successful lives as well. So, without further ado, let’s dive in.
THE BEN CARSON STORY
Early Life: The Ben Carson Success Story
Ben Carson was born in Detroit Michigan in 1951. His mother was one of 24 children, who got married when she was 13 years old to Carson’s father who was a factory worker at a Cadillac plant.
When Ben Carson was just eight years old his parents separated, and his mother was forced to go back to work to support Ben and his brother. Considering his mother was only 13 when she got married, and had never worked, she had to take up employment as a domestic worker (in other words, as a maid) and moved her and her kids back to Boston to live with her sister.
Carson and his family would eventually move back to Detroit after a couple of years. Carson would describe the experience as a desperate situation, stating that he lived in multi-family tenement. His environment was miserable, where boarded up windows and doors in his neighborhood was the norm, along with sirens, gangs, rats and roaches.
On top of living in poor living conditions, Ben Carson was being made fun of at school. Kids would call him a “dummy”, make him the butt of class jokes, and teased him constantly. All of which ultimately led to Carson’s lack of belief in himself, which became apparent to his mother.
A Mother’s Intervention
It was at this time that his mother also noticed that his grades were lagging behind his peers. As such, she put her foot down and minimized the amount of T.V. she allowed Carson to consume.
She also began requiring multiple books reports every single week from Ben and his brother. His mother’s intervention went into full effect.
Fortunately for Ben, this strict regimen would eventually pay off as both Ben and his brother would begin doing better in school, and eventually aspire for higher education and succeed at it.
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Ben ultimately excelled in school and would eventually earned a full academic scholarship to Yale University. And after four years, he eventually earned his Bachelors degree in Psychology. Once he finished his undergraduate degree Ben Carson would go on to attend Medical School at the University of Michigan.
During his first he struggled academically. In fact, because of the challenges he was facing, he considered for a brief moment dropping out from medical program entirely. However, he persisted, and after the first year, Ben got his bearings by spending most of his time studying the text-books and lecture notes versus attending the lectures. Eventually, Ben mastered his medical studies, got elected to the school’s Medical Honor Society, and acquired is M.D. from the school.
Ben Carson’s next act would be played out at John Hopkins University School of Medical School, where he would finish his residency.
Ben would eventually become John Hopkins’ Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery. And after a few years there, he became the lead neurosurgeon of a 70-member surgical team. Ben would go on to perform increasingly complex surgeries, with one of his most well-known being that of the first separation of conjoined twins.
After nearly three decades of performing increasingly complex surgeries, and gaining a celebrity-like status from his medical successes, he would eventually retire from the medical profession. And it was at this point that Ben Carson would go on to have a successful career in publishing and public speaking; publishing multiple New York Time’s Best Seller’s, dozens of peer-reviewed articles, star in movies, and become a contributor on various Mainstream Media News publications.
Ben Carson would eventually become a house-hold name after running for the presidency of the United States of America.
Related: Ben Carson Quotes on Success
Without a doubt, Ben Carson is an inspiration to many across the country and world. He had a slow start, but he overcome his adversities, gained momentum as time went on, and has become a shining example of possibilities for millions of people. Here’s just a sample of his many accomplishments:
- Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom
- Horatio Alger Award
- 38 Honorary Doctorates
- Has had a High School named after him
- Awarded the Library of Congress Living Legend Award
- Awarded the William E. Simon Prize for Philanthropic Leadership
- Named by US News & World’s report as one of ‘America’s Best Leaders’
- Elected into the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine
Ben Carson’s Net Worth
In addition to all of Ben Carson’s accolades, he’s also managed to build up a large fortune for himself during his career. How large?
Well, as of this year, Ben Carson’s net worth is approximately $30 million. So, another major accomplishment of Ben Carson, is that he’s become a multimillionaire.
Ben Carson has shared many of his success insights in his books, and in the many interviews he’s given. And he has given credit to his mother for much of his success.
In fact, he states that it was his mother’s belief in him that helped him believe in himself. He also states that his mother never accepted excuses from him or or his brother, and that she did not accept victimhood for herself or for them. As such, the foundation for much of his success comes down to his mother’s belief in him, and her unacceptance of excuses.
Ben Carson’s Secrets To Success
In addition to this, Ben Carson has learned a thing or two about success over the years. In fact, he enjoys sharing his success secrets with all who are interested. One of the best ways he’s summed up his philosophy of success has been through the Acronym THINK BIG. Here’s how:
T: Talent – Develop your talents, use them, and let them carry you to new heights.
H: Honesty – Keep your life simple by remaining honest.
I: Insight – Learn from others who have already done what you are interested in doing.
N: Nice – Be nice to people, because life is lived with and through people.
K: Knowledge – The way you make yourself more valuable is through knowledge. So learn as much as you can.
B: Books – The mechanism for gaining more knowledge and becoming more valuable is through books.
I: In-Depth Learning – Learn for the sake of understanding, as opposed to learning just to put an answer down for a quiz. In short, in-depth learning should be focused on versus superficial learning.
G: God – It is important to keep God in our lives. Not push God on others, but not allow for God to be pushed out of our lives by Government.
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There you have it, the Ben Carson success story that covers his journey from the impoverished neighborhoods of Detroit, to becoming one of the most well-known surgeon’s in the world. We’ve uncovered the success ethos that has guided Ben Carson in creating the massive success he now enjoys. Here they are again as a recap…
Work on the following:
Improving Your Self-Belief | Making Zero-Excuses
While focusing on:
Your Talents | Being Honest | Appreciating The Insight of Others | Being Nice | Gaining Knowledge | Reading Books | In-Depth Learning | God
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Till next time,
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