The Secret to Success in Joint Ventures

As in any business, the one attribute that separates the boys from the men, the sheep from the goats and the winners from the losers is persistence. Resilience is a better word. Those “coulda, woulda, shoulda” Excusiologists simply lack the understanding that there is no success without failure. They blame others, their tools and the economy, instead of taking responsibility for their choices. Some people wilt at the suggestion of difficulties. Others are like eagles – they soar higher AGAINST the wind. They agree with Napoleon Hill when he said, “Every adversity, every failure, and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.”

Here’s what Howard Rothman says about a book I highly recommend on this subject, Failing Forward:

“The author of 24 books on maximizing personal and leadership potential, John C. Maxwell believes "the difference between average people and achieving people is their perception of and response to failure." In Failing Forward, he offers inspirational advice for turning the difficulties that inevitably arise in life into stepping stones that help you reach the top. Noting that star performers are often those who aggressively push forward after encountering adversity, Maxwell shows how a variety of well-known and not-so-well-known people have forged ahead despite obstacles that could have derailed them.

They include: Mary Kay Ash, who founded her cosmetics firm against enormous odds when the direct-sales company she toiled in for 25 years resisted her continued corporate climb; Truett Cathy, who lost two brothers (and business partners) in an airplane crash and experienced his own serious medical problems before establishing the Chick-fil-A fast-food chain; Greg Horn, who reopened his Kentucky grocery store just 21 days after it suffered $1 million in flood damage; and Beck Weathers, who lost his nose, half of one arm, and the fingers on his other in the infamous 1996 Into Thin Air Mt. Everest tragedy, but now takes a positive message of survival and conquest to audiences around the world.”

If you really want to succeed in business, you have to realize that self-doubt is your biggest enemy. You are the secret to your own success. Nothing and nobody can stop you except your own attitude. Re-read Napoleon Hill’s "Think and Grow Rich". The fact is, it’s easier to succeed in business than many believe it to be. You just have to decide to be unstoppable. You just have to commit to success, whatever it takes. Those who bounce back do not give themselves any other options. Quitters never win and winners never quit. Never. Ever. Dogged determination gets results. Surround yourself with winners and you will find resiliency and strength sufficient to every challenge you face on the way to success.

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