“All things are difficult before they are easy.” Thomas Fuller
The path towards success is like climbing a never ending flight of stairs. Each step, another obstacle to overcome. Each step, another mistake to learn from. Each step, another closed door that opens up.
Success is not for the meek. It requires a warrior mindset. When you have a warrior mindset, each one of the steps you must climb is an enemy you must defeat.
It takes years to get to the top of the stairs. Only the most persistent are able to make the climb. But once you get to the top, you’ll find an elevator waiting for you.
Things are always harder at first. The beginning is always a struggle. But, in time, things do get easier. You learn, you improve, you gain experience. Eventually you figure out what to do and what not to do.
You see evidence of this law at work all the time. Someone toils and grinds away at something for years, perfecting their craft. Then, someone in the media exposes their greatness to the world. Suddenly, they find themselves riding the elevator. And they become another overnight success story.
- Bill Gates founded Microsoft in 1975. Six years later, he managed to land a contract with IBM, who decided to use his operating system for their computers. It took another five years before Microsoft made enough money to go public in 1986, making him an overnight success worth $350 million.
- Sam Walton was turned down over and over again by banks for desperately needed loans to grow his company. Eventually, a bank took a risk and loaned Walton the money to expand his company. Now it’s one of the largest corporations in the world. It seemed to happen overnight, but it didn’t.
- Jesus Christ was virtually unknown even 2,300 years after his death. In the year 300 AD, Christianity was adopted as the new religion of the Roman Empire and Jesus became an overnight celebrity.
Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”