“Overcoming a Challenge to Become Ultra Successful” written by Guest Contributor.
Do you know what this diverse group of people all share in common?
- Director, Steven Spielberg
- Singer, Harry Belafonte
- Actor, Henry Winkler
- Olympian, Bruce Jenner who won a gold medal in the decathlon.
- Ikea founder, Ingvar Kamprad
- Newscaster, Anderson Cooper
- Designer, Tommy Hilfiger
- Racecar driver, Stan Wattles
- Chef Jamie Oliver
- Three-time NBA Most Valuable Player, Magic Johnson
- Investor, Charles Schwab
- Comedian, Jay Leno
- Entrepreneur, Richard Branson
I’ll give you a hint…They probably felt at one time like the stupidest kid in their class.
Overcoming a Challenge
They are all very successful dyslexics!
There is no magic bullet for success, no hidden secrets. But we can find the following in the stories of these successful people, and many others who have had to overcome challenges at a young age.
The Secret to Being Successful (The Advantage of Overcoming a Challenge)
They learned how to fail early on. They became used to failure! You don’t ever have success without failure. Early on they had to learn to shield themselves from negative thoughts and persevere. One of the worst things that can happen to someone is to have success early on.
They worked harder. With a learning disability, you have to work harder and fail more than others. In real life, for every thousand sales pitches 10 are bought. For every book that is published 50 are rejected. etc, etc.
“If you don’t think you’re the smartest person in the room and you think you’re going to have to work a little harder, and put a little more time into it, to get what everybody else does, you can actually do quite well. And that’s been my approach” – Jay Leno
They became immune to rejection and criticism. It’s usually just one person’s opinion not everyone else’s. If you venture out of the norm you will have critics. The only way to prevent this is to not try at all.
Perseverance and consistency. With a disability you have to practice harder. Professional athletes practice the fundamentals almost every week of their life. They spend more time training than playing – With anything worth doing it’s a lot of doing the same thing over and over every day practicing and practicing. This is a good skill to learn at a young age.
Excitement. Multiple failures make success exciting. Victory can become addicting and intoxicating!
Remember that while there are many famous people with dyslexia and their stories ARE inspirational, being famous is not the ultimate in success.
Success is a constant journey of believing in yourself. It’s pushing through shyness and self doubt. It’s persevering to overcome any challenge. It’s practice, practice and more practice. It’s holding out for a fun and exciting way to bring value to others through what you’re passionate about!
It sounds like a lot, but you can do it!
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