The Success Mechanism – Attack your fear
“He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right.” Confucius.
Those who can’t achieve themselves will always say you too can’t do it. There are plenty of non-believers to give unsolicited advices likewise there are people who pay heed to them. Conversely, people with self belief have always been at the top of the ladder, amid their critics always pulling their leg, with ‘who cares’ attitude because they know they are right.
Most of the criticism is not worth paying attention. For case in point, It was during 1997, only a year after Jobs had taken over as Apple’s Interim-CEO (he had returned to Apple in late 1996), someone had asked Michael Dell during a conference what he would have done had he been in Jobs’ shoes. Dell reply to this was, “I’d shut Apple down and give the money back to the shareholders.” Then, Apple was just worth $3.1 billion, while Dell was worth $28.1 billion. 14 years later, Dell has been almost stagnant with an m-cap of $28.9 billion. (as on April 26, 2012), while Apple’s m-cap has grown by 18,248.39% to touch $568.8 billion (as on April 26, 2012) and it is today the most valuable company in the world. Had Jobs paid heed to Dell’s advice he would not have joined the winning league of Edison and Emerson.
In fact, believers like jobs have big picture in mind which makes them crazy about their work. Steve Jobs was once asked, “What he thought was his most important creation, thinking he would answer the iPad or the Macintosh.” Instead he said, “It was Apple the company. Making an enduring company, he said, was both far harder and more important than making a great product.”
“They used to say that, he was an atheist who did not believe in God. But now we say that, he is an atheist who does not believe in himself.” Little faith always pays off in long run.
Failure is short-lived but for nonbelievers it is eternal, it creates several mental blocks which are nonsensical in retrospect. In doing so, they remain where they had been and join the free advisers association. But with every failure there is a latent victory which very few people realize. Let me share an example with you, there was a monk who was on a tour to India to help poor people, by foot. Once he was passing through a place where there was a large tank of water on one side and high wall on the other. It was in grounds where there were many monkeys. They took into their heads not to allow him to pass through their street. So they howled & shrieked and clutched at his feet as he passed. As they pressed closer, the monk began to run, but the faster he ran the faster came the monkeys, and they began to bite at him. It became almost impossible to escape, then all of a sudden he heard a stranger who yelled at him ‘Face the Brutes’. The monk turned back and faced the wild monkeys, and they fell back and finally fled.
And, that is the lesson, face the terrible and face it boldly. Believe it that you can do it and you will finally do it. Confucius said, “He who says he can and he who says he can’t are both usually right.” The monk believed in himself and believed he can do it and he did it, and so can you, for that, just have a little faith.
There is nothing wrong in being afraid that is how we human beings are nurtured, but very few of us are taught to believe in ourselves. For fear is momentary, once you face it, it will leave you and try someone else. So, the point is that our goal in life must be bigger than the feeling of fear and once it is backed by unflagging faith every stumbling block will become a stepping stone.