Have you ever caught yourself “I CAN achieve more!” This playing small programming that’s going on in our heads is getting us nowhere! Some of us constantly look over the shoulder thinking what other person is thinking of me instead of minding ones own business and actually getting on with what is best for us IS best for everyone. Check out the story below.
The most important decision
Robert Herjavec ever made wasn’t ditching the 9-to-5 and going into business for himself. It wasn’t adapting to a whole new language and way of life after moving to Canada from communist Yugoslavia. And it wasn’t selling his first company to AT&T for millions in cash.
It was rejecting the “virus” he calls mediocrity, refusing to be average in its many easy-to-fall-into forms.
“The world doesn’t reward mediocrity,” Herjavec recently told Entrepreneur “You’ve got to be great at something. Nothing is ever ‘good enough.’ It’s either excellent or inferior.”
He decided early on
that just being “good enough” would never be good enough for him. As a young boy Herjavec watched his father trek two miles to and from his job sweeping floors in a factory, just to save on bus fare. He also saw his mother get hornswoggled out of $500 — seven weeks’ salary, the family’s entire savings — by a slick traveling vacuum salesman. That was the day he vowed to never to let his family live so close to the edge again.
Despite growing up mostly beneath the poverty line
Herjavec used his struggles as an “off the boat” immigrant as motivation to rise above his circumstances. He didn’t want to merely survive. He wanted to thrive.
At 14, Herjavec says he was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug. He knew he wanted to start his own business one day, so he asked his dad who he should talk to for advice. His father pointed him to the most senior employee in the factory that he worked for. It wasn’t the answer the ambitious future millionaire was looking for.
Herjavec scoured books for the wisdom
He had no mentor to turn to for. He devoured biographies about exceptionally successful people. “That’s when I learned that nobody cares about average. Greatness is what counts. If you want to be successful and make a lot of money or be famous, or whatever it is that you define as success, do one thing and do it better than everyone else. Do whatever it takes to be great.”
If you don’t, he says you’ll never realize your full potential. You’ll never succeed in turning your dreams into reality.
“Find your talent, be great at it and apply it to the best of your ability. When you do, not only will you be successful, you’ll get a sense of personal satisfaction and fulfillment that no amount of money can buy.”
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