I have had times in my life, many of them, when I think that it’s just so unfair and so hard. I used to always ask myself “Why do other people seem to be getting all the luck and not me?”
Well I’ll tell you what I have learnt about that. I am in fact lucky, very very lucky because I was born in to a world of opportunity. I read this the other day “If you have a roof over your head and food to eat you are wealthier than 75% of the worlds population!” That’s me and most likely you if you are reading this on a computer. Therefore we have absolutely no excuses. Most of us have no idea what hard really means. I’m not saying that life in the first world is always peachy, especially of late. I know quite a few people including ourselves that have had job losses and have stared down the barrel of having to move home again at a time in your life when you should be well and truly standing on your own two feet. But that’s just it, yeah of course you would have suffered a dent to your pride but most of us could still find a place to bed down, at our parents or at our friends house. You see it’s all about perspective and no two perspectives are the same because no two lives are ever the same.
Even with all this opportunity around us most of us still fail to lead a really good life, and i’m talking about leading a good life mentally. We get bogged down with self imposed pressure and become driven by materialistic things. Once you start thinking that way you forget about the really important things in life, the kind of man you actually want to be, your values, your relationships with your family and friends. You never ask yourself what you could do to help people and all you think about is how you can help yourself. That thought process is doomed to fail. I thought that way for years, in fact i reckon most men do until they grow up and even then it takes a pretty big knock on top to start that change. I needed that knock, that leveller to force me to re adjust how I think. This brings me back to perspective, mine was off, totally off. I came across this video the other day whilst I was in the gym, I always listen to this kind of material now in the gym.
The video is about this guy called Josef and I love it because it made me realise that i have no excuses. In fact I feel embarrassed about how much I have moaned internally over the years, how much negativity I used to view the world with. His perspective is an inspiration to me. If we have opportunities and we squander them then that is unforgivable because there are guys out there like Josef who will literally make opportunities happen for them, who look at the world and never feel sorry for themselves, who use their hardships to drive them forwards rather than using them to hide behind. I hope you get as much from it as I did.
Five years ago Josef Azam was loading luggage at an airport and thats exactly what I was doing 7 years ago!
Today he is the CEO of a multi million dollar marketing and design agency, I can’t lay claim to that much success but I did chase a dream and I got it.
“Without ambition, one starts nothing, without work, one finishes nothing. The prize will not be sent to you. You have to win it.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
I typed out the transcript below too.
Everybody see’s me today in the position I’m in, a fast growing company, they don’t really understand the story and the struggle behind my success, where I’ve come from and really what it takes to achieve success
My story starts like many others around this world. It starts, unfortunately growing up in a poor situation. I grew up in a pretty wealthy area being poor and I think theres nothing worse in life than growing up poor in the face of people having everything. It makes you really realiae what you don’t have. When you grow up in an area where nobody has anything you are kind of all on a level playing field but when you grow up in a wealthy area where everybody seems to have so much more than you, you know that your parents don’t have as much money. I realised what I didn’t have and I realised what I wanted and I made sure from a very young age that I would succeed at every goal i’d ever dreamt of.
Seeing my parents work and struggle inspired me to work. I didn’t have the money like everybody else did. When they went to university their parents paid for them and they had the nice cars, I worked three jobs to put myself through university, I gradudated and to this day im so thankful that I had to go through those experiences because its those struggles, those hardships that define me as a person. You need to sacrifice almost everything to achieve your goal so when people say you are lucky they don’t know what they are talking about and people who say that will never achieve their goal because luck has nothing to do with it because if I was that lucky I wouldn’t have fallen on my face so many times. I wouldn’t have failed so many times. I wouldn’t have had so many sleepless nights.
Perseverance is the key to success and then when you succeed people are going to try to justify to you in a very simple way why you have succeeded. I know what I am capable of. I know what im going to do and I know what I want to be and nothing is going to stop me. I look at myself and I say well what else do I want to achieve and the answer is still the same from when I was a kid. I want to achieve greatness. In many peoples eyes I have achieved success but in my eyes it’s not enough. I want to achieve greatness.
That is my story in life, it was my story in the past and it will be my story in the future the ability to never give up and to always know where I want to go. I will not let anybody deter me from that goal and I will not let anybody discourage me from achieving my goals.