Every single one of your heroes was a nobody at one point. They were just another nothing that refused to give up when it started sucking.
I’m not huge on manifestation, The Secret, or any of that other early 2000s chicken soup for the soul bullshit. I’m really not, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t some truth to it all. It may not be true, but it sure as hell changes our attitude.
Think about it like this: at the dawn of humankind we spent most of our time outdoors either hunting or gathering for our food. Mistakes had immediate and drastic consequences, while successes were just large enough to make it to the next day. In modern times we spend most of our time indoors, eating crap food, doing Little to no excercise, and our mistakes come with no real immediate consequences. How could this be good for us?
Back to manifestations, OF COURSE the people who didn’t give up comes out ahead. That’s link saying your keys were in the last place you looked. Duh, no shit. Why would you keep looking after they are found? Why would you keep trying once you succeed? It downstairs quite add up. With that being said, all of the people at the top are at least seemingly happier. Is it money? Status? Power?… maybe, but what it really is, is their mentality.
Ever meet someone you knew would be successful? The answer is probably yes, and that’s because they give off the energy of someone who has made it. Sometimes it isn’t about not giving up when it sucks as much as its about not letting the suck bring you down. I heard a guy speaking the other day and it really hit home with me. He said something along the lines of: “when something bad happens always meet it with ‘good’ and come up with a reason it’s good. Didn’t get a promotion? Good, the next one is better. Didn’t get an investor? Good, you own more of the company. Kid is being a jerk? Good, you needed to work on your compassion an patience.
Next time something shitty goes down meet it with a hearty “good, and fuck you.” So far it’s worked for me. I’m not any richer, more powerful or influential. I’m not a better dad or husband, but I’m also not any worse.