I heard recently that Walt Disney, was turned down 302 times before he got financing for his concept of Disneyland. That just amazed me, if you think about it: today Disneyland is one of the most proliferate and successful parks in the world. Yet, it took that many times, 302 times that he was turned down. If it was such a good idea, how come no one could see it? Why didn’t anybody come forth and say, “This is wonderful. We would like to invest.” To the contrary, he was turned down. You see, there are many stories of such folks who persisted despite the odds before they actually achieved success.
Quite interesting. Now, all of these people ended up phenomenally wealthy but sometimes, it’s not about the money. Often, it’s about the concept, principal, the idea, the venture, the journey, that’s what they wanted. So if you find yourself at a position right now where you are not succeeding, you are not achieving your goal, you are not reaching this aspiration that you thought you could reach within a period of time, one word comes to mind and that’s persistence. You have to persist at what you do and you have to keep it up.
If you truly believe in your dream, if you believe in what you’re doing will succeed and will help the world become a better place, don’t give up. To the contrary, double your efforts and show it with enthusiasm. Show it with great care, show it with love, and continuously put all your efforts and energies towards that success. After all, what else have you got to do in this beautiful life than mastering the art of success?
Some of us often dream of new business ideas every day. As you brainstorm and visualize success, something goes wrong along the way. What was an exciting idea has somehow dwindled down to a mere fizzle. Could it be that you let someone steal your dream? If we can understand what happens, then we can keep the momentum going.
We know that dream killers are people who constantly shoot down your aspirations with negative criticisms. However, there exists an even more lethal dream killer we tend to overlook… ourselves. The truth of the matter is that the phrase “don’t let anyone steal your dream” could be a code for not facing the realities of what’s happening in your business.
Becoming the person that you wish to be, arriving at a result where you will get what you want in the way that you see it. And if you ever get discouraged, remember the number 302, because that’s what it took for this person to be turned down, but Mr. Walt Disney persisted. I’m not suggesting that his idea is a great idea or this is the way you should do things. I’m using this as an example to conquer the world and develop your dreams, challenge yourself to be the greatest person that you wish to be, and with persistence and continuous legacy, you will arrive where you need to be, and this, I wish for you from the bottom of my heart because you deserve it. Whether or not your idea is great, that’s what you want to do, and I hope you follow through and don’t stop, don’t give up, keep on doing it until you get there, and share with the world this dream.
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain
“A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. A goal is what specifically you intend to make happen. Dreams and goals should be just out of your present reach but not out of sight. Dreams and goals are coming attractions in your life.”
— Joseph Campbell
“All things are created twice. There is a mental (first) creation, and a physical (second) creation. The physical creation follows the mental, just as a building follows a blueprint. If you don’t make a conscious effort to visualize who you are and what you want in life, then you empower other people and circumstances to shape you and your life by default.”
— Stephen Covey