“The first million is the hardest.” Berrey, circa 1920
Long before Elon Musk became a household name, he was telling people about his dream of one day going to Mars. Just about everyone ignored his hyperbole. Then he succeeded in launching the first privately manufactured rocket into orbit around earth. Now, he is considered a genius. Today, his words capture the ears of millions. He is quoted. His success altered the perceptions of everyone.
This was a very commonplace event for the self-made millionaires in my study. Until they succeeded, what they did and what they said was virtually ignored by everybody they came into contact with. Until they succeeded.
We quote successful, relevant, world-changer types. When you succeed, you alter the perceptions of everyone you know – family, friends, co-workers, superiors and casual acquaintances. When you succeed, you have gravitas. You become credible. Success makes you matter.
When you matter, you can get things done much easier. Success feeds upon itself. It acts like an accelerant, fueling even more future success.
This is why it is so important to never quit on your dreams. When you persevere and finally break through to realize your first success, it’s a game changer. You gain instant credibility and the ears of those around you. You change everyone’s perception of you. And this makes future success so much easier.
The first success is the hardest. There’s no doubt about it. But once you succeed, it gets much easier. Your success magnetizes you, attracting other successful people to you. It’s as if you were accepted into a very exclusive club, whose membership is restricted to only the successful.
Never quit on your dreams. You only need to succeed once. Success changes everyone’s perception of you. It removes the mountains, clears away the potholes, greases the gears and creates a snowball effect that grows and expands your success and it’s byproduct, wealth.