When billionaire founder of Spanx, Sara Blakely, set out to transform her product idea into a business. She had little idea about how to manufacture, market and sell it online. Let alone how to build a billion-dollar company.
What she did have however, is faith and the courage to try.
“Believe in your idea, trust your instincts, and don’t be afraid to fail. It took me two years from the time I had the idea for Spanx until the time I had a product in hand ready to sell in stores. I must have heard ‘no’ a thousand times. If you believe in your idea, don’t let anyone stop you! Not being afraid to fail is a key part of the success of Spanx.”
Everyday Sara tackled and solved the next problem, and then the next, and then the one after that.
Instead of focusing on how far she was from fulfilling her vision, or how long it will take for her to get there. She focused only on what needed to be accomplished next.
And that’s how she grew her company literally from zero, into a billion-dollar success story. And she did it starting from home, with no connections, no experience and with only $5,000 in savings.
Her’s is a story of starting out from the very beginning, and with a BURNING DESIRE, belief and continuous action. Transforming her vision into a thriving business and becoming a self-made billionaire in the process.
When Richard Branson suddenly announced he was entering the airline industry, people were dumbfounded and thought he was crazy.
While he had experienced success in the music business, how he could he suddenly reinvent himself and his Virgin brand in air travel?
“You must have the courage to trust your instincts and be ready to question what other people don’t. If you do that, you can seize opportunities that others would miss. Believe in yourself, and use everything you can – including the obstacles – to propel you along the road to success. Who knows what you might achieve?”
Quite right. Because his non-stop determination and daring departure from music to airline resulted in him becoming a billionaire, many times over.
The pages of history are filled with people who went from rags to riches with BELIEF backed by the desire to act.
Sheldon Adelson grew up sleeping on the floors of tenement house floors and with belief in himself, the willingness to act, and persistence, grew his net worth to $35 billion today.
J. K. Rowling was poor, jobless and in the middle of a divorce when she had the belief in herself to write the now famous Harry Potter books. Making her a self-made billionaire.
The now multi-billionaire investor George Soros was fleeing Nazi Germany as an immigrant during the second world war and with belief, desire and perseverance, became one of the best investors of all time.
Cliche or not, it is very true that:
Whether you believe you can do something, or you believe you can’t do something, you are right.
Belief is a powerful force in our lives.
While I wouldn’t say you can literally do everything that you can believe in.
I will say that you can hardly do anything that you don’t believe in.
When you don’t believe you can do it. It’s as if a part of the mind shuts down to it and now you really can’t do it.
While if you do believe you can do something. You drive into it with determined effort fueled by this belief.
And provided you have Organized Planning and are in a market that makes sense, with belief and persistence you can become successful.
“Most people can learn a lot more than they think they can. They sell themselves short without trying” says Elon Musk.
“You become what you believe – not what you wish or want but what you truly believe. Wherever you are in life, look at your beliefs. They put you there.” — Oprah Winfrey
It’s about Faith.
Faith takes courage.
The courage to believe in your vision. To have faith in yourself.
To have belief in your business. And to know in your heart that you will never quit. And work everyday to make your dreams for yourself, a reality in your life.
This is so true. When we set out on accomplishing a goal or fulfill our vision, we have to look to ourselves, have faith in our own instincts, as we walk our path to our destiny.
We can often do so much more than we can imagine for ourselves.
If Bill Gates didn’t have the believe that he could create BASIC code for Altair, he would never have promised to deliver the completed product to the company… before it had even been programmed!