"It' so easy to get rich in America, because almost nobody is trying...". What? What are you talking about? I thought the guy was crazy when he said it to me almost 20 years ago, but after a few years down the entrepreneurial path it became clear.
Most people never reach the levels in which they aspire. The first reason is because they don't really know what they want and therefore don't have clarity of purpose. But, the second reason, the biggest reason, is that they face adversity and quit too soon.
Becoming successful in anything is filled with adversity. You are tested physically and mentally. You are pushed to the brink of quitting - a lot. You are confronted with challenge after challenge. Things hardly ever go as planned. You question yourself and your capabilities.
I believe that is the price, the right of passage, of reaching true success. If it was easy, everyone would achieve it.
If you think about it, adversity is your best friend on the journey to success. If you aren't facing adversity in some way, you aren't truly striving and stretching to be the best version of you and your dream. Adversity is your greatest advantage.
What, if instead of looking at adversity as a problem, we looked at it as a true advantage and necessity for succeeding?
How would you approach your life and business differently? Would you seek out adversity and challenge? Would you embrace the hard times and cherish them? Would you find more enjoyment in busting through the barriers. I bet you would.
The guy was right. Most people are not trying because they are scared to face the adversity. They are scared because they don't want to confront themselves and the fact that they don't have the strength or mind or drive to get through it. But you do and this gives you a huge advantage in reaching you goals.
At some point in your journey you will be faced with what seems like absolutely overwhelming adversity. I'm here to tell you it's not. Even in the darkest moments of our lives, we can take comfort in the fact that someone, somewhere has had to overcome something much harder. Whenever you feel like you are facing major adversity or start to question yourself - or want to quit, say this to yourself, "I'll just do it one more day." The next day when you continue to face things, say it again...one more day. If you keep going "just one more day," eventually you will overcome your adversity and you will grow yourself to a new level. You will be able to handle more and larger adversity.
And there lies the secret. The larger the adversity you can handle, the bigger the success you will have in life. If you look at those you think are successful and admire, I can guarantee you that they have the ability to handle bigger problems and higher levels of adversity than you. It's probably one of the reasons you admire them. Always remember that adversity is your friend and your advantage. Embrace it and watch yourself become the success you aspire to be.
But, just in case you need a little extra motivation, watch this guy!