“Man often becomes what he believes himself to be.
If I keep on saying to myself that I cannot do a certain thing, it is possible that I may end by really becoming incapable of doing it.
On the contrary, if I have the belief that I can do it, I shall surely acquire the capacity to do it even if I may not have it at the beginning.” – Gandhi
As a generation we are incredibly lucky.
We have access to more opportunities now than we’ve ever had before.
The only thing separating us from enjoying these opportunities is a spirit of optimism and a great deal of hard work.
Henry Hartman once said that success always comes when preparation meets opportunity.
If you want to achieve your dreams, and the chances for success are higher now than they’ve ever been, you have to be ready for it, and you have to believe it’s possible.
Cultivating a Spirit of Optimism
Let’s face it, life is often difficult. You can spend months working on a project only to have it be rejected, you can enter contests and not even place, you can network like crazy and not get any immediate leads.
For many people these roadblocks are so discouraging they won’t continue, because if they fail once, what proof do they have that they won’t fail again?
There isn’t any. Thats where optimism comes in.
Cultivating a spirit of optimism is about developing a healthy relationship with failure, learning how to fall down seven times and then stand up eight, and realizing that the path to success is often paved with rejection.
It’s also about understanding that taking risks means that you could fail, but it also means that you may succeed valiantly.
You have to set aside your fear of failure, because failure isn’t permanent unless you make it permanent.
Instead, failure teaches us what doesn’t work, so that we can do it better. Failure instructs us how to improve, and challenges how to strive harder.
When metallurgists refine precious metals so that they become the highest quality they can be, the process is not exactly pleasant for the metals.
In order to separate the precious metal from lead or other less desirable materials, they undergo a refining process called “cupellation.” Cupellation, also know as fire assay, is the process whereby metals are exposed to high temperatures to get rid of unwanted materials. Precious metals like gold and silver melt at much higher temperatures than lead, zinc or copper – so when all are exposed to the heat, only the more valuable materials remain.
In your life, you have to choose whether or not you want to be listed among the precious metals, or if you want to settle for less.
Failure operates like the refiner’s fire: it can either shape and define you, making you stronger and more desirable, or it can destroy you.
There is Gold in You
Whether you yet believe it or not, there is gold in you. Each and every person has something to offer this world that they alone can offer. You have every capability of dreaming great things and then pursuing those dreams.
There’s no universal code of “success.” It differs from person to person as much as dreams do.
You have all the tools necessary to be successful in this life, but nothing is going to be handed to you, you have to work for it.
You have to experience failure and you have to let it make you stronger, you need to sometimes go through the fire so that you can come through it pure as polished gold.
So dream big, take risks, and work as hard as you possibly can.
You are unique and you are valuable, but only through persistent effort and faith in yourself will you be able to shine.