I want to talk about a concept which I have been thinking about in my own life. It is the need to create your own ground and stand that ground.
This is something too many people ignore in life and something you need to do to become one of the “great” success stories in this world.
What do I mean by standing your ground? I mean you have to find a passion in life, decide what it is you really want to do and then keep pushing for it until you are successful.
No matter what you want to do in life, whether you are trying to become president, starting your own businesses, becoming a painter, or whatever you will find bumps in the road.
I personally have felt many bumps in the road along my life. My recent business which was doing very well had just been cut in half due to some lesson I needed to learn.
It hurts, but I am learning from it and am rebuilding it.
The point is when you hit these bumps in the road you can choose to do one of two things. You can either say it wasn’t meant to be and go on to follow your next dream, and your next, and your next.
Each time falling short and giving up at your first major pothole.
Your other option would be to take it as a learning experience and “stand your ground.”
If you run into problems as a writer don’t say, “Maybe I should join a band instead” take it as an opportunity to learn and to overcome the roadblock.
All people in this world who reached a level of “Greatness” knew where they wanted to go, hit lots of bumps in the road and kept pushing through until they got where they wanted to be.
Lucy Ball was dismissed from drama school with a note that read, “Wasting her time, she’s too shy to put her best foot forward” yet went on to become one of the most famous T.V. stars of her era.
Michael Jordon was cut from the high school basketball team, yet went on to become one of the best basketball stars of all times.
Winston Churchill was defeated in numerous elections for public office, yet he still managed to become arguably England’s most famous prime minister of all time.
What these people had in common was that they didn’t let anything stop them. They knew where they wanted to be and they kept pushing forward until they got there.
They went past the bumps in the road. When the universe told them to turn back they stood their ground and kept moving forward to become famous in their field.
As Winston Churchill once said, “Success is going from one failure to another with no loss of enthusiasm”.
Why Is it Better to Stay One Route After You Hit a Bump?
If you hit a major bump in life and lose everything it is easy to just want to roll over and give up and look for other alternatives and sometimes you may need to look for other methods.
For instance, if your business fails you may need to get a job to put food on the table.
BUT you should never forget your dreams and keep moving to accomplish them as soon as possible.
When you continue down one path with such enthusiasm for so long you began to learn what it takes to be successful.
You may lose everything when your first business collapses, but the amount of knowledge you can take away from that is incredible!
By deciding you do not want to own your own business anymore and to go do something else you lose all that knowledge which you just gained that would have given you an edge in your next adventure.
As you stand your ground and continue down one route you continue to learn from your successes as well as your failures. You are building a foundation of knowledge which can push you higher and higher in your field and becoming great in it.
But, if you keep switching and changing from one thing to another you are not building a foundation of Compound knowledge which can help you succeed, instead of becoming “Great” in one area you are just becoming “well informed” in a bunch of areas.
“Greatness” means you never give up and you keep pushing forward until you succeed. You focus on one thing at a time.
BTW, if you haven’t heard yet, FOCUS stands for.
I love that definition and it is so true. You may have different goals in life, and if you try to do everything at the same time you will end up doing it all half assed.
The solution is to focus on one thing until you get it right and only then start looking into your next passion and your next ideas.
Creating Your Ground
Now that I have been talking about “standing your ground” the next question is obviously “what ground”?
Nobody can be good at everything. The most famous people in history were known for their work in one area of life. To become someone great you too need to figure out what it is you want to be.
It is best to take a step back and ask yourself, “What do I really want to be known for”?
What do you want to do and want do you want people to remember you as? Do you want to be the poet, the painter, the musician? What?
Anything is possible when you stand your ground, but only you can determine where that ground will be.