Hardly is big success the work of one person. You cannot be successful in a big way alone. You need help. You need an audience. It does not matter what your dream is. Nobody succeeds without someone giving them some hope or a break. Nobody exists in a vacuum — and nobody succeeds in one either.
You cannot succeed alone. Even solopreneurs rely on other freelancers to build a complete product. And more often than not, the people who help along the way to the top help broaden our capabilities and skills. You cannot do it all by yourself.
If you are to succeed in life, you need to recognize that your level of success, and satisfaction will often depend on a lot more people who may not have direct impact on what you do.
Albert Einstein had Max Talmud, his first mentor. Max introduced a ten-year-old Einstein to key texts in math, science, and philosophy. Max took one meal a week with the Einstein family for six years while guiding young Albert.
Mozart’s father, Leopold, who was a noted composer himself, is believed to have greatly “helped” the child with his early compositions.
Oprah Winfrey credits her father, and the time she spent with him and his wife, for “saving” her. She once told Jill Nelson of The Washington Post Magazine, “If I hadn’t been sent to my father, I would have gone in another direction.”
Professionally, her career started with Jeffrey D. Jacobs, the “lawyer, agent, manager and financial adviser” who, persuaded her to establish her own company rather than simply be a talent for hire. Harpo Productions, Inc., was born.
Nobody fails alone and nobody succeeds alone. Pay very close attention to the people around you
To pull yourself up by the bootstraps and forge your own path is noble but hardly does any one practically do it alone. You need other partners, smart hires, advisers, mentors and even stories of people who have already done it before. You can only maximise your strengths and where you fall short, you need others’ strengths to create something truly amazing.
Ask anyone who has achieved anything worthwhile and they will tell you that somewhere along the way they were inspired, encouraged, mentored or lifted toward their succeeding.
Coaches, mentors and advisors keep you accountable. Other smart entreprenuers need equally brilliant but different skill sets help them achieve their goals.
Nobody succeeds alone, any more than a child can grow and learn in isolation. Even the lonely marathon runner has a coach.
So many people have encouraged, inspired and challenged me in my career. Friends, family, successful entrepreneurs, writers and innovators. Seth Godin, Malcom Gladwell, Jeff Goins, Mark Manson, Adam Grant, Hugh MacLeod, Austin Kleon, Cal NewPort, Leo Babauta, James Clear, Maria Popova, James Altucher, Robert Greene, Benjamin Hardy, Angela Duckworth and a lot more amazing people have expanded my understanding of what is possible. Their ideas and work have transformed my thinking, habits and perception about doing meaningful work.
Carol Dacey-Charles, ICF-Accredited Leadership, Life and Sudden Wealth Coach once said:
“We don’t live and work in isolation, and when you can take advantage of the wisdom and even failings of those around you, the climb toward success is made that much easier.”
Are you surrounding yourself with the right people? Are you putting yourself in the right environment? Are you getting inspired and challenged by the best people? You can be the reason others receive inspiration. Show your best work every day!
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