Today I have an exciting interview for you to listen to! I will soon (hopefully) be updating this post with a transcript and more information, but I really want to publish it for you all to listen to. This is the first audio interview to ever be published on Success Circuit, so I did have quite a few technical problems… hopefully you will be able to hear it all.
I am sure you can see why I think Dale is so inspirational. He is 18 and is working on starting up a transatlantic airline… that’s big aspirations and he is going after them very quickly!
I found the title for this post in a fortune cookie the other day. I thought what a profound statement to who ever the author was. I know it’s been around for a while and the more I read of other people’s success I can’t help but think that this played a major role in their development. The meek shall inherit the earth but only what’s left behind by those who were bold and went after the prize. So many people loose site of their goals and dreams that they accept the status quo as the norm and fail to do anything to help their selves. It’s easy to fall into a routine and not be motivated.
Being bold is what drove you to that first date where you finally asked the girl out. I remember a friend who was with me in a bar and wanted to ask a beautiful girl to dance. I told him to get out of his chair and ask the girl before I did. He would refuse to go so I did. Well she shot me down and my friend was beaming with delight. He said how does it feel to get shot down mister get up and ask. My reply was I felt great. I had closure and he would never know if she could have been the right one. It was one of many long nights to find the future Mrs. Right. My point being I never gave up on the chase and I did find her.
When you read the biography of those who have made it they all had some common traits that need to be part of your make up. Like Tony Robbins say “success leaves a trail” and all we have to do is follow it. Kind of like a recipe, you model what some successful person has done and you should be able to do the same. It also saves going to that school of hard knocks we have heard so much about by our parents and friends.
Being bold is about doing the work, the follow up, networking and the research for what ever you so desire. But the main thing is to start. I had written that success can come at any age. It is that first step that’s the hardest and overcoming the fear of failure. Fortune favors the bold. It has quite a ring to it. When you also look at the list of success stories they all also had some failures in their past but learned from the experience and moved on to great things. Moving beyond failure require you to be bold and of a strong self worth and spirit.
When you look at some of the people who are on shows like American Idol or Britton Has Talent you have to admire the spirit of the competitor and they are going for the brass ring. Maybe that’s why the shows are such a hit because we envy and wish deep down that we all had the courage to chase the dream and go for the gold like they have. Let this be your year to dust the dreams off and start you race for the gold. Be bold and passionate about what ever your hearts desire is. Stay away from the dream stealers and those who would offer up advice even though they are not where they want to be. Misery loves company and will do a lot to keep you with it. Surround yourself with the positive people who can share in your dream and you in theirs.
Were all in the run for the prize so give all the help you can along the way and it will return ten fold. Like Tony Robbins says at the end of his tapes” live with passion” and have a great year. P.S. Be BOLD
As you may know, I was recently interviewed by the wonderful Sarah Cook of RaisingCEOKids.com. So today I was pleased to see my face (okay, a terrible picture… but it’s me!) on her website.
Although at the beginning I was extremely nevous as it was actually the first audio interview I have done, there is a lot of answers (and of course questions) that you will enjoy reading and take a lot away from.
You can read the whole interview at Raising CEO Kids. Be warned though, being an audio interview there it is a bit “all over the place”, there may be a couple of errors in what I said, as I do mumble a bit, but I believe we have corrected them all!
Below is a small extract of the interview, I hope you like it!
“Sarah – And so what about for parents? I know you’re parents have probably really supported you so what about for parents? What would you recommend to other, because you’re not a parent. But if you could say, “This is what I love that my parents do or this is what I wish that my parents would do to support me.” What were some ways that you feel like parents can best support their kids in being in business and in archiving their life goals?
SH – Well, I think that parents that give their children money to start up, although that will help them, I think that you’d learn much more if you start with little money. I know some people, not many of us. Some people get given large amount of money from their parents just like that and they do successful. But they’re not as successful as they would be if they started with nothing.”
This is a guest post by Paul Sabaj, a loyal reader of Success Circuit. He has previously written Goals and Success.
I love reading the posts in Success Circuit and find the stories fun, inspiring and motivating. I also notice that the theme tends to run to the young at heart. I just wanted to remind people that success can come at any age as long as you’re willing. While I love reading of the person who is under thirty I am also impressed with those like Ben Franklin who did a lot of what he is famous for after the age of forty. Men like Ray Kroc of McDonald’s fame started at fifty two years of age when he found the McDonald brothers hamburger stand in California and bought the license to franchise the whole deal for I think two million dollars.
The author Tom Clancy who was an insurance salesman who loved to dabble in writing did not get published until he was in his late thirties.
I also like the story of Col. Sanders of Kentucky fried Chicken fame, who then went on the road to pitch his famous chicken at 65 years of age because he thought his Social Security check was way too small to live on. I can go on and on with the stories of people, but I think they have a common theme to all of them. These people were not just going to settle for the status quo and let life and what turned out to also be fame pass them by. The guts to face a challenge and the ability to get over the fear that often keeps people from moving forward is to be admired. The old saying”The other side of fear is freedom.
You go through it on a small scale when you ask that girl out on your first date. Then once you have done it you realize it was not so bad. Ok if she says no it sucks but you get over it and move on!
One of my favorite stories I have read is about a woman who had a recent movie about her life is Julia Child. What a life story. Born in 1912 one of three siblings who during WW2 worked for the O.S.S. and on to work in the Foreign Service. While in Paris she attends the famous Cordon Bleu and starts a cooking school. She published her first cook book in 1961 at the age of 49 and went on to be the first real cook star of T.V. She did not get on T.V. until she was in her fifties. What a life and what a shining example of what you can do when you persevere and live life with passion.
One of the things I have read from Tony Robbins is “your never too old to be who you might have been.” My second thing that helps point the way is “Why not me!”
So not unlike many diets I have gone on I have said that this is the year for the old dog to learn new tricks and get moving. The difference this time is I have a plan and have told people about it to keep me honest with my endeavors. The other day I told one of the mentors I have of my plan and said I was waiting for the right time. His reply was starting a business and the road to success is like having kids. If you wait for the right time you will never have kids. Get started today. Good advice from a guy who came to America fifteen years ago from Greece and now is a multi millionaire. Good luck to all who try for your at least in the game.