This quote from Dale Carnegie is very profound and should be taken into consideration especially if you are not where you want to be in your life. I learned this quote in the Carnegie public speaking courses but it was actually coined by Henry Ford.
Do you want to be this guy?
Or this guy?
The people that have been successful in business took chances. They took risks or leaps of faith as I like to call it. And success in business is only a small part of living a life to its greatest potential. Happiness is based not on money, status or stuff; it’s based on peace of mind, love, family, and good health. As long as you are doing what you love, you don’t have to work a day in your life. I recently shifted gears and took two days per week to explore new opportunities. In order to do so, I had to relinquish a portion of my salary, however, I have been able to make that up and then some and I am having the time of my life.
It all starts with a simple decision and a belief in yourself and your abilities. And if you don’t try, you will never know. I always wanted to do two things. First, write a book and do seminars because I love public speaking. Second, run my own advertising agency because I love marketing. Well, when I turned 60, I decided it’s now or never. Now, Mango Publicity is in 4 cities including Montreal, Miami, Toronto and Ottawa. And my book, The Shy Sales Guy is available on Amazon. I’m living the dream and having the time of my life.
At the end of the day, it’s up to you. Fortune favors the bold is a Latin proverb that has been used in the military. Or the story of Burn the Boats.
The concept of burning boats traces back to one of history’s most inspiring leadership stories in 1519. Hernán Cortés led a large expedition consisting of 600 Spaniards, 16 or so horses, and 11 boats to Mexico. The goal: capture a magnificent treasure said to be held there. Upon arrival, Cortés made history by destroying his ships. This sent a clear message to his men: There is no turning back. They either win or they perish. Although you might assume that Cortés’ men would have become despondent, with no exit strategy in place to save their lives, they instead rallied behind their leader as never before.