The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire, the size of your dream, and how you handle disappointment along the way.
~ Robert Kiyosaki
Human beings truly are diverse. You have individuals, whether through inheritance, fame, or athletics, that acquire huge fortunes only to squander them away on nothing. You have other individuals who start with next to nothing and end up becoming incredibly wealthy through brains, hard work, and perseverance. You have human beings attempt to discover, cure disease, explore, and invent, and whose intellectual discoveries oftentimes add to the collective good of all mankind. You have other human beings who watch TV, play video games, and generally waste away large portions of their entire life. Watch the news and you will see the best and worst of humanity on display each and every day.
Planet Earth truly is the best reality show in the galaxy. When you observe the characters that have been stars on Planet Earth, you observe general patterns that have led some people to great success and other patterns that have led some to epic failure. Their lives, successes, and failures provide a blueprint to apply to our own circumstances and challenges.
One of the most common traits of those that have been successful is that they had a dream. You could use the term vision, goal, or objective but in the end they clearly envisioned where they wanted to be. Perhaps this end point was to become the best athlete in their sport, or cure a disease, or to become wealthy, but these individuals knew that they wanted to accomplish great things and had a general idea of the area in which they wanted to achieve success. Very rarely do people simply stumble into success.
To one extent or another everyone has a dream or vision of what they would ideally like to be doing in life. The common trait that truly separates those that we look back on with wonder and respect is that they just didn’t have a dream or goal, they had an ambitious vision of what they wanted to accomplish. Robert Kiysoaki clearly states that the size of your dream is a clear variable in the size of your success, so don’t be modest as you envision what you want to accomplish or achieve in life.
Passion and/or Drive = Desire
Another variable Mr. Kiyosaki links to success is the strength of your desire. A plain and simple truth is that some people want success more than others. While most people would allow their magic genie to grant them the rewards that come with success, how many are truly prepared to make the sacrifices and put in the work that is necessary to achieve greatness? Many of those that have achieved greatness on Planet Earth were relentlessly driven to achieve their goal. It oftentimes was their singular overriding objective. For others, their success was a by-product of the passion they had for the subject matter.
Whether through driving motivation or intense passion, both of these qualities led to an incredible desire to continually achieve or perform in their chosen field. If we learn from the past, having a dream or goal isn’t enough; it must be accompanied by a strong desire to achieve that goal or dream. If you have to ask yourself if you have the drive necessary to create the requisite desire needed to achieve greatness, then you probably don’t have it. Fortunately there are plenty of examples of individuals who achieve great levels of success because they were passionate about what they did. Either way, past episodes of Planet Earth tell us that either drive or passion are the most common ingredients in creating the desire necessary to overcome the inevitable obstacles that will pop up along the way.
Application – Overcoming Obstacles
Hellen Keller could not speak or hear yet became an inspiration for countless generations. Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders fought in the face of persecution to transform the world. Thomas Edison was told he wasn’t very bright. Abraham Lincoln couldn’t win an election. There are a couple dozen billionaires today who started with next to nothing. There are thousands of millionaires who share similar stories. In fact, when you look at the history of those that have been successful on Planet Earth you will find that more people HAD obstacles than did not.
In Robert Kiyosaki’s quote, the third component for measuring the eventual size of your future success is how you will handle disappointment along the way. Scientists sometimes have to fail thousands of times before eventually making a scientific breakthrough. Actors and actresses often go to hundreds of auditions before landing their big break. Artists can work on their creations for a lifetime before recognition comes their way. Whatever your path, whatever your chosen field, you will encounter disappointment. This is where the strength of your desire will truly be tested. This is where you will determine whether you truly want your goal and are one of a tenacious few that will relentlessly overcome any obstacle in your path. There are no guarantees of success but as the saying goes, you can’t make any shots you don’t attempt.
A Final Thought
If you want to go somewhere, it is best to find someone who has already been there.
~ Robert Kiyosaki
Dreams, desire, and perseverance can only come from within. Others can lead by example and show you what is possible to accomplish in life, but it is up to you to create the emotional framework necessary to succeed. Once you have the framework in place, have determined your dream and believe you have the desire and perseverance necessary to succeed, there is nothing wrong with finding others who have succeeded on the path you are about to travel. Not only can those individuals help give you solid advice on helping avoid pitfalls you might have otherwise encountered, they can also give you practical advice on what steps you need to take to become the next upcoming star on Planet Earth.