To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself.
~ Søren Kierkegaard
American Ninja Warrior is a reality-based television show where competitors from across the country attempt to successfully navigate extremely difficult obstacle courses as they progress through the competition. If competitors successfully pass the initial trial stages, they receive the right to attempt what is regarded as the most difficult obstacle course in the world, Mt. Midoriyama. In Ninja Warrior history, more than 2,700 individuals have attempted Mt. Midoriyama, and only three individuals have ever succeeded. Since no American has ever successfully conquered this epic obstacle course, contestants this year are attempting to not only win $500,000 but also capture the title “The First American Ninja Warrior.”
While the name of the show and thought of adults attempting to become ninja warriors may cause you to momentarily roll your eyes, make no mistake that the individuals that successfully compete in this event are athletes of the highest caliber. They have tremendous agility, upper body strength, and are in the finest condition. Many of these athletes train all year long on self-designed obstacle courses just for the mere possibility of getting the chance to attempt Mt. Midoriyama. They invest their time, make sacrifices, and risk injury in the hopes of accomplishing what so few have successfully done.
What makes their quest truly remarkable is that their entire journey can be derailed with one slip of footing, one mistimed jump, or one miscalculation of the slope of an obstacle. This competition can be truly unforgiving as competitors risk elimination with the first mistake they make. All of the hard work that they have put in, all of the dreams they might have had can be gone in a second. Yet these competitors push on against long odds to see how far they can get.
Dare to Fail
You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.
While only three out of thousands have reached the pinnacle of success in this sport, there have likely been thousands more that failed to even make the attempt because of fear of failure or fear of embarrassment. When you fail at American Ninja Warrior it is seldom gracefully – when you fail it is usually in the form of falling awkwardly or face first into a pool of water. The thought of pulling themselves out of water while staring into a television camera might be beyond many peoples’ embarrassment threshold.
Many others likely never attempt the obstacle course because of the long odds of actually succeeding. They may tell themselves: If the best in the sport end up failing, then what chance do I have? This lack of faith in themselves and ability to overcome their fears guarantees failure. Worse still, this mindset likely carries over into other areas of their lives, crippling their chances of achieving other dreams and overcoming obstacles that they will encounter.
Conquering Your Own Mt. Midoriyama
Only those who dare to fail greatly can ever achieve greatly.
~ Robert Kennedy
As students and followers of the Rich Dad philosophy, we all likely have our own Mt. Midoriyama we want to conquer. Our own personal version may come in many forms and we may choose different avenues to accomplish the goals we have set in our lives, but hopefully each one of you have set big audacious goals that you want to achieve in life. If these goals are financial in nature, then they should be designed to help you escape the rat race so you can pursue whatever other interests you have in life.
The contestants on American Ninja Warrior faced many obstacles on their way to success. Successful contestants study these obstacles, are aware of the danger they pose, and plan on how they will navigate through them. To conquer your own Mt. Midoriyama, you need to be aware of the obstacles you will face on your journey. While these can come in many forms, some obstacles have a tendency to be very common. These obstacles may include:
1) Be Willing to Take Risks. Many individuals are extremely risk adverse in their approach to life. Make no mistake, whether you are attempting to achieve financial success through real estate, stock market trading, or other entrepreneurial ventures, you are going to have to leave your comfort zone. For example, you can’t become a successful trader by simply doing virtual trades your whole life. At some point you are going to have to risk losing capital and make your first trade.
2) Skepticism and Doubt From Those Around You. It is unfortunate that when we set off on new journeys in an attempt to achieve great things, we do not always have the support of friends, colleagues, and even family members. The motivation behind the skepticism and doubt you may face can be for many reasons, but the end result can truly make many individuals second-guess themselves. Be aware that not everyone will embrace your new journey and be prepared for how you will handle negativity if it arises.
3) Self Doubt. At some point in your journey, you may question whether you have the ability to succeed. The journey may be more difficult than you imagined, or you might not be experiencing success as fast as you hoped. Finding that inner belief during these times can often times be the difference between success and failure.
4) The Learning Curve. Along your quest to conquer your Mt. Midoriyama, you may have to learn new concepts and techniques, and will need to adapt to a changing environment around you. If you are enrolled in courses with Rich Dad education, then take advantage of the experienced instructors and mentors and learn from their experiences. We all make mistakes and sometimes we can speed up the learning curve by learning from the mistakes of other people. Let their experience help accelerate your own learning curve.
You will face obstacles in your path to success. The difference between success and failure can often be the tenacity in which you face these obstacles and your unrelenting drive to recognize them as simply obstacles, not barriers to success. Once you truly believe this, then there will not be a question of whether you conquer your own Mt. Midoriyama, just a question of when it happens.