Do You Have The Grit and Determination to Be Successful?

be-successfulIt takes grit and determination to be successful. Do you have any idea how many ‘overnight success stories’ have worked for over twenty years and applied grit and determination over and over again in order to become an ‘overnight success story’ ? More than you would ever imagine!

We all love to think someone is an overnight success story. It sounds so – Hollywood!

After all it is so much more sexy to be an overnight success story than to say someone worked their tail off for twenty years, overcame failure after failure and had the grit and determination to continue through and past the endless naysayers and doubters to make it.

The numbers tell the story. There are very few people who continue through the journey and follow all the way to achieve their idea or their dream. Right in the beginning is where the largest separation takes place. Most people never get started. They do not even take the first step.

The next separation takes place between the people who become stuck, as if in quick sand, on the how.

“How am I ever going to do the thing” or “How am I ever going to do that”? Whatever it is instead of moving along and doing what needs to be done, they feel they must know all of the answers to how first. They never move past this point.

The third separation from the pack takes place upon declaration. Once you declare to your family and your friends what you are working on and what you intend to do each of them will freely explain to you why you are “out of your mind”. Or maybe you will hear, “oh and why do you feel you are prepared to do that?” This will be the very tip of the naysayers who will find you from the day of your declaration and forever more. Many do not actually intend for you to feel badly. The issue is inside their own mind they need you to stop or to fail. This is the only way they are able to justify why they never began and never started on their idea or their own dream.

The fourth separation is a continual process. Due to the fact this will repeat itself over and over again. The initial time is the largest separation from the remaining pack. It is failure. The very first roadblock or failure will deter the majority of anyone left on their journey. The few people who have the grit and determination to drive through the roadblock, who pick themselves up after that failure and continue on their journey, these are the few who will make it to become the ‘overnight success stories’.

Mitch Tublin is an advanced certified executive and personal coach who resides in Stamford, CT.

Obstacles Getting in Your Way Toward Business Success

Dr. Patty Ann and Mitch in NY Harbor

The climb toward success in your business, your career, or your organization was never guaranteed to be a quiet stroll in the park. All along the way there will be obstacles.  Something will always go wrong or not work out as planned. This is a key part of moving into the success mode. It is not just solving the immediate crisis that is important. It is how you handle the crisis and what your behavior is like. Crisis can impact your reaction to areas of your business, your life, and people you come into contact with. The test is the same regardless of your position as a CEO of a large organization, in charge of a small business, a busy professional or an entrepreneur.

There are a variety of places to find inspiration. The type of inspiration that you keep inside of you as a resource when you are in a moment of wondering, “Why do I bother? What am I doing all of this for?”

It’s times like these when you want to have an inspiring thought to grab onto that clears negative thoughts from your mind and resets you back onto your path toward success, and your drive of being the best at what you do.

A recent event held by The Wounded Warriors displayed one of these moments for me.

Statue Of Liberty, New York City

Allow me to share this with you. There were 42 service men and women who had injuries, most of them very recent which would, by any standard, be considered devastating and life changing. In order to be clear, without the specific details, these are injuries where an arm, a leg, or both were lost, heavy burns, missing fingers, a hand and more. In addition, every single person was young, really young.

Each of them had a similar attitude and interest in continuing to serve, to perform, to function and to make a difference in the world. How this plays out for each person is not known right now as these injuries were all recent. The key is in the attitude. There was not a ‘pity me’ anywhere to be found. Everything was about a new door opening.

A new opportunity was being presented. A reason they were chosen to be in this role

and what were they going to do with it. It is one thing to hear or read these stories in the media, it is entirely different to be with these inspirational young people and hear right from their mouths of their intentions and their view of life.

If you find this story to give you a level of inspiration try to reflect on it when you are finding things not working and obstacles getting in your way. Think of these young people who will let nothing get in their way.

You are meant to be successful, let nothing get in your way.