Too many people are not willing to experience new adventures in their life because of the fear of failure. But what I am about to tell you will give you a new perspective on this resistance, and why it is important to have in your life.
An airplane will not take off without fighting resistance, but once it breaks through it sores into the heavens.
A diamond doesn’t become a precious stone without first enduring extreme pressure and fire.
A muscle must be broken down to complete failure before it will grow.
Too many people just want things to come easy, and this is fine. But if you do not build your temple on a rock these quick fixes will come crashing down. You must go through the bumps and bruises in order to become a better person.
Overcome the Fear of Failure
Since the beginning of time, human beings have used fear to keep them alive. But now it is keeping too many people in the comfort of their own couch. Fear has stolen more dreams, inventions from being created, novels from being written, businesses from being built, journeys from being traveled…
Franklin D. Roosevelt said “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
What this means is fear is only an illusion in your mind which keeps you from going after that which your heart desires. Because ultimately if you are not doing what you are passionate about, you won’t be truly happy. You must step your foot on the neck of your fears and never look back.
So many people see successful entrepreneurs, actors, painters, writers, musicians, and athletes as people above them. These key individuals are no different than you and me. The only difference is they were willing to pursue their dreams and overcome the fear of failure.
Not very many people pay attention to the disappointments they had to overcome. You don’t see the late nights of training, the rejection they had to overcome, and the will power it took for them to push through it all.
Too many of you only see their victories, fame, and fortunes. In all reality, who wants to focus on their tough times when you can just see the end results. This is fine.
But these failures they went through must be seen. Because it shows they are human. They just were able to stay focused on their goals and not let rejection keep them down.
Let this become your fuel to pull you to your own victory.
Here is the truth. You must embrace failure first before you will reach your victory. An athlete never becomes a winner without getting their butts kicked a few times. An entrepreneur never obtains success overnight. It doesn’t matter what form of success there is, you must get your hands burned first before you grow.
Get the failure out of your way and then move on. Focus on your end goal.
There is no such thing as a quick fix. Just ask the many lottery winners who end up broke begging for their old jobs back. You MUST do the work now and build a strong mindset in order to overcome your own failures while pursuing your dreams…
Sylvester Stallone The Underdog
“Life’s not about how hard of a hit you can give… It’s about how many you can take, and still keep moving forward.” Sylvester Stallone
Sylvester Stallone began his career in the movie Rocky. But this was no overnight success for him. He was so broke at one point he had to sell his dog because he knew he couldn’t afford to feed him. Especially since he barely had enough money to feed himself.
After watching a boxing match where underdog Chuck Wepner went the distance and knocked down Muhammad Ali, Stallone was inspired to write the movie script Rocky.
For three days he didn’t leave his room writing the story about underdog boxer Rocky Balboa. When he took his script to some producers, they loved the story. But insisted on having Ryan O’Neil or Burt Reynolds as the main character.
They even offered Stallone $360,000 for the script under the conditions he was NOT to be the actor in this movie.
Sylvester at the time had only $100 in the bank, and he just sold his companion, which was his dog. Times were tough and he had to make a tough decision.
But he knew deep down in the pit of his belly he was the right person to become the main character. It was his story and he had to be the actor. So, he took a leap of faith and turned the offer down.
The producers finally gave in and let him be the main character in the film.
Long story short, the movie Rocky received multiple Oscar nominations along with the best picture while grossing $2 million. Sylvester Stallone made himself a million dollars and was able to buy his dog back.
Oprah Winfrey Rags to Riches
“Create the highest, grandest vision possible for your life, because you become what you believe.” Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey was not born a billionaire. She came from a family that was dirt poor. They were so broke she had to wear potato sacks for clothing.
As a child, Oprah bounced around from different family members while overcoming physical and sexual abuse. It wasn’t until the age of 14 where she was able to escape the pain and suffering by moving in with her dad.
This was just what she needed. Her father was able to change her path by giving her the discipline and structure she needed. All it took is one person to change Oprah’s course leading her to become an honor roll student and voted most popular in high school.
After high school, she obtained a full-ride scholarship for Tennessee State University and later left to pursue a career in television broadcasting.
Oprah’s success did not come easy and it did not happen overnight. She climbed the corporate ladder and got knocked down a few times. Oprah became the first African American female news anchor before she was 20. She worked multiple jobs where she was sexually harassed and even fired.
But she never gave up.
She later hosted a morning low rated talk show called AM Chicago where she increased ratings to one of the highest, they had ever seen. Later, this tv talk show transitioned from AM Chicago to the Oprah Winfrey show.
Oprah never had life easy, but she has achieved so much. Forbes estimates her net worth at 3 billion, putting her on the list of the 400 richest Americans. She has played in movies, tv-series, has her own magazine, radio channel, cable network, and nominated as best supporting actress in the movie “The Color Purple.”
This woman is amazing, and it goes to show you that action backed with passion will not stop you from achieving your goals. Study Oprah and let her story become your inspiration to achieve greatness.
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson Only Had 7 Bucks in His Pocket
“We do today what they won’t so tomorrow we can accomplish what they can’t.” Dwayne Johnson
Dwayne Johnson got his fame from wrestling WWF which later leads him to become one of the greatest action figures at theatres. But his life wasn’t always in the spotlight. He had a lot of failures that changed his path multiple times.
He played college football at the University of Miami with high hopes of making it to the Pros. After an injury his senior year, Johnson’s dreams came crashing down when he didn’t make the cut.
Even though his dreams were shattered, he did not give up. Dewayne kept pushing on and went to Canada to play for the Calgary Stampeders ball with high hopes of making a comeback. It was no walk in the park while he was there. He was broke, lived on Ramen noodles, slept on a nasty mattress he found in a dumpster, and then after all his struggles, he got cut after two months.
Depression set in and he went through a dark period of his life. This is when he realized when one door closes, you kick down the next one. So, with only 7 bucks in his pocket, he ended up going back home where he followed his dad’s and grandfather’s roots into wrestling.
This was where Dwayne became “The Rock” Johnson stepping into WWF professional wrestling where his stardom began.
Dwayne’s story goes to show you that life doesn’t always give you what you want. But sometimes a higher power has a different plan for us. This is when you must dust yourself off, get back up, and find a new one.
Life doesn’t always turn out as you plan. But you got to have faith that something larger is in store for you. Keep moving forward, stay true to your heart, and you will find your new path. It may not be what you envisioned, but that’s the best part about life.
Dewayne could have given up on life. But he kept growing and setting the bar higher. He stepped out of his wrestling career and into box office movie hits such as Jumanji, Fast and Furious, Rampage, and Hobbs and Shaw.
Strengthen Your Mindset
The purpose of this blog is to show you, anything is possible. Do your research. History has been made by people who were so passionate about making their mark.
The airplane wasn’t just developed overnight. Electricity didn’t just magically appear in our house…
The Livin Life Project is all about giving people the nudge to follow their hearts. It not about how much money you make, or how much fame you obtain. It’s about living your life filled full of purpose and passion. In order to do this, you got to spend some time working on your self-development. Because when it comes to chasing waterfalls, you will be tested.
That is when you got to learn how to zen that negative shit out and not take life so personally. Because if you do, your mind and your body will pay the price.
Now is your chance to break free from the chains of your fear and do the work. Strengthen your vision to pull you through the fire. Strengthen your mindset so you keep getting up every time you get knocked down. Strengthen your temple so have a rock-solid foundation.
Anything is possible if you believe it in your heart, your soul, and your mind. So, do whatever it takes to shatter your old limiting beliefs and go after that which is rightfully yours.
“Don’t downgrade your dream just to fit your reality. Upgrade your conviction to match your destiny.” Author Unknown
Be well and soulful,