Good morning believe nation!
Today’s message is, get up, over to you, Bill Clinton.
If whatever it is doesn’t work out, get up. I lost two elections, I was the youngest former governor in American History.
After the Reagan landslide, I had one guy appointed to the cabinet, walk across Main St. in Little Rock, to avoid being seen shaking hands with me for fear that the guy that beat me would fire him. That was a humbling experience.
And I think you got to realize, there’s no personal ambition you have, which can be extinguished by anybody else. Only you, by giving up your dreams, can extinguish them. And if it doesn’t work out exactly like you intended, it’ll still take you someplace interesting, and you’ll make a difference.
“Don’t give anybody else permission to take your life away.” – Bill Clinton
So my advice is what George said, don’t be afraid to fail, but you probably will whether you’re afraid to or not. And it’s scary, you just got to get up. The world belongs to tomorrow, not yesterday. Don’t give anybody else permission to take your life away. Just keep living and keep giving, and never make the perfect enemy to good. Never think that what I’m doing is too little to make a difference. That’s not true, that’s not true. Do something every day. Someday, for all of us, it’ll be our last day. And what will matter were all the steps we took along the way, and what they amounted to. Not the home run we hit on day x.
Your setback is only a failure if you quit. Your setback is only a failure if you quit. If you look at the most successful people in the world they had tons of setbacks. They had setback after setback after setback after setback. And then they started to win. And then they had more setbacks and then they won some more. That’s part of the journey, there’s nobody who wakes up, is born, and just wins all the time.
The people who have won the most, also had the most setbacks. And this is across entrepreneurship, athletes, singers, you always suck at the start. You’re always going to have setbacks, and it’s only really a failure if you take that setback and don’t learn anything from it, and quit. If you really want to do something, and you try it and you fail, it didn’t work out. And then you stop and say “that wasn’t for me, I’m going to move onto something else”.
“Your setback is only a failure if you quit.” – Evan Carmichael
If that’s your habit, if that’s your cycle, it’s going to repeat, because the first time we try anything it’s not going to work. The first you tried skateboarding or you tried to learn a language or you tried asking a girl out.
The first time you try anything is probably not going to work. It’s not going to be great. And the more you do it, the stronger your muscle builds, and the better you get at it. And so one of the keys to success in any field is constant experimentation, constant trials, constant errors and constant getting back up.
If I look at this YouTube channel as an example, we have tried more new series and failed at them, and left them, than most people have ever launched. And we learned from those and some of them we make better. If you look at even our Top 10 series, look at the very first one that we did, and look at where they’re at now.
There’s been a lot of improvement. The clip quality is better, the editing is better, the transitions are better, the intros are better, the bonuses are better, everything is better. It’s gotten better with more experimentations. And not every experiment works. And it’s been a lot of new series that we’ve launched that we tried a couple times and it didn’t work, and so we stopped them and moved on to something else, and learn from those.
“One of the keys to success in any field is constant experimentation, constant trials, constant errors and constant getting back up.” – Evan Carmichael
If you expect the first time you put something out to be amazing, if you make a YouTube channel, and you expect your first video to pop, you’re in for a really rude awakening. It’s not how the world works, and that’s okay. Accept that, get better, move on, and get back up.
I’m remembered of the Thomas Edison about how he didn’t fail a thousand times in making a light bulb, he just found 999 ways that it didn’t work, and then the last one that he did, like would you stick with an idea a thousand times until you get it to work? Like most people, they’ll try it once, a lot of people once and they’re out.
A lot of people don’t even try, a lot of people just have the thought in their head of trying it, and because they feel like they might fail they don’t even do it, which is crazy. And then half the people may even do it and they try it once and then it doesn’t work out so they fail.
And then some people may try it two or three times and it doesn’t work and they quit. Would you be willing to stick with something a thousand times, and keep testing and keep trying and keep improving? Where most people would just see it as failure and they’ll stop.
And most people just quit too soon. And so just understand that if you really want something, if you have a drive, a goal, an ambition to create something that maybe is brand new, has never been done before, or maybe you’re following in someone else’s footsteps and has been done before. But if you really want to do something, and you try it at the start and it doesn’t work out, that’s just step one in your journey.
Don’t stop on your path to doing something amazing that you want to do just because you didn’t have initial success. Most people quit way too soon. Most people quit before they’re going to hit the finish line. Where you could’ve had a great, amazing career, but you stopped because you were afraid, and because you didn’t have initial success. A setback is not a failure unless you quit.
“Don’t stop on your path to doing something amazing that you want to do just because you didn’t have initial success.” – Evan Carmichael
So the question of today is, I’m curious, I want to know, When have you turned a setback into a win?
Talk to me about that process, talk to me about that experience, share down in the comments below and we’ll join in the conversation.
I also want to give a quick shout out to Andrew Schultz. Andrew, thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book. Your one word, it really really really means a lot to me, and I hope you’re enjoying it.
Thank you guys so much for watching, I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is, and I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of espresso.
Interviewer: What has been the best advice you received from your teacher or professor?
Michelle: Ooh I’ve gotten a lot of great advice from teacher, mentors, professor throughout the years. So first of all, you got to be open to taking some risks, and not being afraid to fail. Failure is the key to success.
So when you get to college, you got to raise your hand, you have to be engaged. Don’t be the kid thinking “well I shouldn’t be here, and maybe I’m not smart enough, and maybe…” No, you are more than capable of going to college, being successful, and going on to do whatever you want in life. I sit here because I am you all.
“You got to be open to taking some risks, and not being afraid to fail. Failure is the key to success.” – Michelle Obama
There is no difference between me and you. Working class kid, growing up on the South Side of Chicago, growing up with doubts and fears just like all of you. I know exactly how you all are feeling, and kids out there who are thinking, maybe I’m not ready, maybe I’m not good enough, maybe I can’t afford it.
But what teachers and mentors have told me is that yes you can, and you must. So get in there and be bold with your intelligence. Raise your hand, get support when you need it. And know that we all got here because somebody helped us.
I listened to the people who were successful in selling that product. I would learn new things from different ones, new approaches, you must be a constant student. A lot of people are afraid to try anything new because they are afraid of that they will be embarrassed until they get good at it. Well on of my favorite sayings is, the most important thing you can do is to understand that anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. Until you can learn to do it well.
“If it’s worth doing, and you believe in it, go ahead and fail, and the more times you fail, the closer you’re getting to success because you should be learning on every simple thing that you do.” – Zig Ziglar
Interviewer: What do you mean by that?
My first few sales calls were pathetic, but I knew it was worth doing so I kept after it. My first speeches were a disaster, but I believed that I could develop into that, so I kept at it until I could do it effectively. And all skills are exactly the same way. No running back that sets the records every set a record the first time he picked up a football.
And you can go right down the line with that. So if it’s worth doing, and you believe in it, go ahead and fail, and the more times you fail, the closer you’re getting to success because you should be learning on every simple thing that you do.
I am not here for me today, I’m here for every one of you all, because I kept going, because I knew the day would come for one day I’d be standing in front of a group of children and telling them regardless of what happens to your life, regardless of the adversity, regardless of the opposition, regardless of the trials and tribulations, nothing can stop you. The only thing that can stop you is you. No situation, no circumstance, no piece of adversity can define your life.
Never let a circumstance define you. You see I knew something about you, I can speak from a certain place, I know something about you without even knowing you. I know if you wanted to come into this school, and do what you had to do, you can do it.
“The only thing that can stop you is you.” – Inky Johnson
I know if you wanted to go into a classroom and get straight A’s, you can do it. I know if you wanted to go to college, you can do it. I know that you can become whatever it is that you want to become. But it’s like that quote, you can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.
You see, I could tell you all the right things, I could stand up here and say a presentation, but if you walk out of these doors, and you don’t apply it to your life, what good was it?
You see I’m not so concerned with you having dreams, you having goals, I’m concerned with the process.
Because a lot of people want the prize, but not many people want the process. A lot of people have the will to win, but few people have the will to prepare to win. The process is more important than the product. The process is more important than the product.
And what the process is, the process is coming into this building day after day, giving everything you got to mold yourself into the individual that you need to become in order to make those things happen. You know the reason you set goals? The reason you set goals and the reason you have dreams is not for the outcome.
The reason you have dreams is to become the person that you need to become in order to make them manifest in your life. You see, young people, the road to success is constantly under construction.
With plenty of potholes, with plenty of speed bumps, with plenty of detours, with plenty of parking spots to give up. But just as if you were in the car with your mother, you found a way to get over that speed bump, you found a way to get around that pothole, you found a way to get to that detour. The only thing about life, that destination may be that goal or that dream or whatever it is that you aspire to do with your life.
“The reason you set goals and the reason you have dreams is not for the outcome. The reason you have dreams is to become the person that you need to become in order to make them manifest in your life.” – Inky Johnson
The one thing that I can tell you right now man, I’m not anything special, but the one thing I can guarantee you, young people, and I’m going to leave you with this. If you don’t give, if you don’t stop, if you don’t give in, nothing will defeat you, nothing will conquer you, and nothing will stop you. Never give up, never stop, never doubt yourself. You always believe there’s always hope, and there’s always somebody inside you that’s stronger than anything that life can throw at you.