Hello believe nation!
Today we’re going to talk about the power of belief.
And as always guys, as you’re watching, if you hear something that really inspires you, please leave it down in the comments below, put quotes around it as well, so other people can be inspired.
And when you write it down, it’s much more likely to sink into yourself as well. Enjoy.
The Power of BELIEF
I want you to look at something right now. Think of some major goal you want or maybe it’s one you’re already working on and you have experienced a lot of set backs, a lot of defeats. You’ve experienced a lot of disappointment. Maybe you’ve already given up.
And maybe you just need a little fire, a little encouragement to get back in the game again. Here’s what I want you to look at. There are winners and there are losers and there are people who have not discovered how to win. And all they need is some coaching.
All they need is some help and assistance, just a little support. All they need is some insight. Or a different strategy, a plan of action to make some adjustments that will open up the key to a whole new future for them. That will give them access to the unlimited power that they have within themselves.
Maintain a level of integrity with yourself.
That’s all that they need. So what I want you to do is think about something you want for you. That’s real for you. That’s important for you. That will give your life some special meaning and power. And I don’t even want you to say I can do that. I don’t want you to assume that.
“If you know anybody that had some goal, some dream, something that they wanted to do, and they did it then I’m saying that you know in your heart that if someone has done it, then you can do it. It’s possible. And that if someone can make that dream become a reality, that it’s possible that you can make your dream become reality.” – Les Brown
See, five years ago when I started in this area I would not have been able to make the mental leap that I would be up to where I am right now. I don’t want you to begin to just psych yourself out. No, no, I want you to be able to say something to yourself that will enable you to maintain a level of integrity with yourself.
That when you say this, even when you face tremendous set backs, it will be a benchmark to keep you in the game, to keep you moving forward and experimenting and readjusting your strategy and your plan of action continuously looking for ways to win.
Believe what’s possible for us.
So what is that something? When you got an idea you want to move on. You might not have the money, you might not have the education. You might not have the support or the resources you need.
What is that something that can keep us going, that will enable us to act on our dream?
What’s one of those keys that will begin to help us to discover the secrets to our dream?
Here’s what I want you to repeat after me, please, with power and conviction, say it’s possible.
Audience: It’s possible.
That’s all I want you to do when you look at your dream. Just say to yourself every day, it’s possible. Just say that every day to yourself, it’s possible. Because what does that do? See, it begins to change your belief system. See, the way in which we operate ladies and gentlemen it’s a manifestation of what we believe what’s possible for us.
Breaking the four minute barrier
Whatever you’ve done up to this point, all that it really is is a duplication, it’s a reproduction of what you believe subconsciously that you deserve and what’s possible for your life.
Before April 1954, the common belief, the universal belief because it had been tried again and again and again and people had failed. The belief was that man was not physically capable of breaking the four minute barrier. That he could not run a mile in less than four minutes.
That was the belief on the planet. It had never been done. But here’s what happened ladies and gentlemen, Roger Bannister came along. And he broke the four minute barrier. Now here’s what’s significant about that. Since that time, up to this day, over 20,000 people have done it, including high school kids? What changed? 20,000 people, what changed?
Make your dream become reality.
Here’s what happened when they got on the track. They knew it had been done. And because they knew it had been done, there was a new belief about this barrier. About this goal that was unreachable. And those 20,000 people got in the race believing, knowing in their heart that someone had done it, that it’s possible, that they could do it.
And I’m saying that if you know anybody that had some goal, some dream, something that they wanted to do, and they did it then I’m saying that you know in your heart that if someone has done it, then you can do it. It’s possible. And that if someone can make that dream become a reality, that it’s possible that you can make your dream become reality.
First day I went to school, I was in a classroom. By the time I was, ya know, six years old. Didn’t go to school till I was six years old, ’cause I was living with my grandmother at that time.
But she had taught me how to read, read the bible, bible stories. So I went into the classroom knowing Nicodemus, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.
I could spell all of those words. I thought I was, ya know, I was preaching to my kindergarten teacher. So, she was like who is this girl? So, I was never placed in an environment where I was ever made to feel inferior.
“I want to be the most successful person in the world, but if you believe that there’s a glass ceiling and you’re going to have a hard time kicking through that glass ceiling, you will be defined by the glass ceiling.” – Oprah Winfrey
I always felt like I’m the smartest kid in this room. And because I was never put in a position where I was made to feel less than, I didn’t grow up feeling less than, ya know?
Interviewer: And the rest, as they say, is history.
And the rest they say is history. And it’s all about what you believe. You know, I say this to, when I do something on my network now called Life Class. The fundamental key to success is what you believe is true for yourself.
Not what you want, not what you desire, it’s what do you believe? You know, you can say I want to be the most successful person in the world, but if you believe that there’s a glass ceiling and you’re going to have a hard time kicking through that glass ceiling, you will be defined by the glass ceiling. And the great beauty and gift of my life is that I was never defined by the box that other people tried to put me in.
Interviewer: Stripping that all back to the start of your career, a man with a dream, ya know, training at the gym day in and day out. If somebody said to you you’ll be as successful as you are now, what would you have said back then?
I believe ya. That’s what I would have said. Because I did believe. I believed in it.
Interviewer: That’s an important part.
I had very few people who told me that, I had a small, small, small group of people that would tell me something like that. Other than that, it was just me telling myself. So if someone came up to me and told me that all the way back then, I’d say you’re damn right.
Interviewer: One of the things that’s so fascinating to me, is that Amazon and Jeff Bezos have pursued what might be described as a very asset heavy business model. They’re buying airplanes. They want to own the entire supply chain from beginning to end. And Alibaba has effectively an asset like business, it is very much in terms of the retail piece of this, the opposite. You don’t want to own the warehouses, you don’t want to own the logistics companies. How do you think about that? Is Jeff Bezos right or are you right? And is there going to be a meeting in the middle?
I hope both are right. ‘Because the world can never have one model. If the world has only one correct model, the world’s too boring. All right, we need to have all kinds of models. And the people who do the model should believe in the model. And I believe what I do.
The difference between Amazon and us, Amazon is more like an empire. Everything they should control themself, buy and sell. And our philosophy is that we want a bigger ecosystem. Our philosophy is to empower others to sell, empower others to service.
“We need to have all kinds of models. And the people who do the model should believe in the model. And I believe what I do.” – Jack Ma
Empower making sure the other people are more powerful than us. Making sure with our tech knowledge, our innovation, our partners, our 10 million small business sellers, they can compete with Microsoft, IBM. Our philosophy is that we think using internet tech knowledge we can make every company become Amazon.
Yeah, I think if you don’t actually believe what you’re doing is really important, if you don’t derive satisfaction from what you’re doing then you will not be able to sustain all of the bad things that happen and the incredibly long period of time that the bad things happen over.
And so the only motivation that I have seen work for people over a long period of time is enjoyment in what they’re doing and an intense belief that it matters. And ideally, liking the people that they go to work with every day. But the, I think the reasons that a lot of people, and by the way, it’s totally cool when people start off saying well, I want to make money or I want to be famous.
“The only motivation that I have seen work for people over a long period of time is enjoyment in what they’re doing and an intense belief that it matters.” – Sam Altman
I think a lot of people start that way and they don’t like to admit it. But pretty quickly, or at least in the first few years, I think a lot of people find a deeper mission for why they do what they do. And that that drives them then for the rest of the time they work.
Machine Gun Kelly
Interviewer: What you represent now for all those kids out there trying to make it in whatever field it is, whether it’s music or something else, what words do you have for them in terms of how you’ve lived your life and you’ve made it to this point, ’cause you’re not supposed to be here right now.
Interviewer: What advice do you have for them in terms of their lives and their journey?
Lace up, lace up.
Interviewer: What does lace up mean, for say it’s the casual person that might be seeing you for the first time on this show, what is lace up?
I mean it means what you want it to mean, but to me, in a day and age like this it means, put both feet on the ground, lace up, get ready to face the world, go out there, take it on and ya know, turn a grain of sand into a diamond. You know what I’m saying?
Interviewer: I think they love that answer right there. They’re definitely laced up.
See that’s what it’s about man, you know what it’s about? It’s about believing in something, you know what I’m saying? Like having faith in something man. Like that’s what it is like, we’re not trying to hear some, we’re not trying to hear some you know president in a suit who can’t even live his own life, ya know, because he’s so worried about public perception.
We can’t relate to that, ya know what I’m saying? Like they want to see someone doing what they’re doing, living how their living, coming from where they’re coming from and like making something better of themselves than just sitting on their ass, ya know what I’m saying? Like that’s why they’re screaming, like they, because, they see that in us. And that’s what I’m coming with on this album.
I’m just going to be the people’s champ. You know what I mean? Like I don’t want to hear some reverend telling me I have to believe in an organized religion. I don’t want to hear some president telling me what he’s going to do and not going to do, because they never do it.
I don’t want to hear some teacher put a limit on where my education can take me, you know what I’m saying? Like they want to teach me to, ya know, go and fix lights in the house, but you don’t want to tell me that I can take my own career into my own hands and be an entrepreneur and come up with something like this. They didn’t teach you you could do this.
I’m just not, I’m not scared man, I’m ready to step up and be a leader for this generation and be a voice for this generation and all these people can act like they’re talking for these kids, but it’s just an act, like I’m still one of those kids man. Like this means the world to me, and that’s what this album is about. And I just know things are going to change man. I feel it, I feel it. I believe in like, I dunno.
If you want to be a fireman go and do it. If you want to be a ballet dancer then go and be a ballet dancer. If you don’t believe in yourself, then no one else will believe in you. And yeah, it’s so important for me for people to understand that. That I want to be an inspiration.
I was bullied as kind of nine out of 10 children are and I want to be a role model and I think now I’m in the kind of lime light to go it’s okay, and it’s the special people that are bullied ya know?
The ones that have something magical and it’s something that you can turn into a positive and not let it eat you away and they’ll always be someone that says you can’t do it. There’ll always be someone that says I don’t believe in you. There’ll always be someone that says I do believe in you.
“If you want to be a fireman go and do it. If you want to be a ballet dancer then go and be a ballet dancer. If you don’t believe in yourself, then no one else will believe in you. And yeah, it’s so important for me for people to understand that. That I want to be an inspiration. ” – Jessie J.
There’s always someone that says you can do it. And that’s the people that you have to focus on. However much people try and put me down, which they do, when they say you know, every time I hear your song I want to burn my ears, I say who’s laughing now?
My name is Alex Parrish, protecting our country had always been my dream.
Quantico was my first audition. I knew I had to go into this room and read these lines in front of all these people, but I was so nervous before I went in.
So I went to the bathroom, I remember, before I went in. I looked in the mirror and it’s so stupid and cliche’ but I talked to myself and I said, what’s wrong with you? You’ve played the most difficult characters in the most complicated movies. Tossed my hair a little bit, felt great and walked out, did my bit and got the job.
Interviewer: What’s your message for viewers out there about following their dreams?
I would say if you truly believe in something and you really have a passion for something, then go for it. I think there’s a lot of obstacles that you have to go through and nothing’s ever given to you. And it takes a lot of hard work and dedication, but if you really believe in it, then you should do it.
And so you really have to believe the internet’s going to be mainstream. A lot of people are going to get out there and use it. And that they’re going to be willing to pay for some content.
Interviewer: Is that the operating idea that you have?
Well, each of these businesses is an entrepreneurial business, the over reaching theme is that yes, I believe in the internet. I believe it’ll get increasingly popular and we’re doing some neat new things to take advantage of that.
Interviewer: You’ve got a lot of cash on hand, yes?
Interviewer: All right. And it puts you in an enviable position. You can experiment with a lot of entrepreneurial ideas and see what sticks and what flies.
Well, we’re in business to make money and,
Interviewer: But the other thing is providing such a cash flow for you.
Well, it all belongs to the shareholders. We’re not dilatants.
Interviewer: No, I know.
We are business people. And it is true that if you find an idea that requires three or four years of improvement and patience and really sticking with it, that we’re very good at that.
Take Windows, which we bet our company on. Everybody who doubted that would succeed, IBM did not support us in that. It took longer than we expected. Over four years before finally graphical interface got popular and now people take it for granted.
It’s part of every personal computer and you just expect it to be there. That was one of the grand successes of the company. In the same way, we’re betting on the internet. That our tools there will be popular and that a few of these content plays that we’ve decided to get involved in, that the scale and the users will make those into great businesses.
Evan: Thank you guys so much for watching. I’d love to know what did you think of this video. Which clip resonated the most wit you and why.
Also is there anything that you want to share about the power of belief that will help the other members of Believe Nation. Leave it down in the comments below and I’m going to join in the discussion.
I also want to give a quick shout out to Jerry Crawford, Jerry 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.
So thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you, I hope you continue to believe in yourself and whatever your one word is, much love, I’ll see you soon.
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