A woman came up to me after a talk I gave a while ago and asked a very good question: “Bottom line,” she said, “Are you saying anyone can succeed?” I knew exactly what she was thinking as she asked it: Even me? With all my problems?
If anyone can succeed, why don’t more people do it?
I thought it over for a moment. No one had ever asked me that question before; I hadn’t asked myself that question before. It’s a good question. Can anybody succeed?
I thought about it for a little while, and then told her, “Yes, anybody can succeed — if they make a plan, and keep taking whatever steps they can toward the fulfillment of that plan.”
Anybody can succeed. Just yesterday someone asked me, “Even handicapped people — people with challenges?” And I said, “Look at Helen Keller!” Born blind and deaf — and she became one of the most cherished and inspiring writers and speakers of the last century.
Whatever problems you may have — (in my mind I hear that word the way Lisa Kudrow said it in the movie Analyze This) — no matter what problems or obstacles you may face, there have been people with far worse problems who have succeeded brilliantly. If they can do it, you can do it too!
There are no valid excuses. People have plenty of excuses they think are valid, but every one of them is lame. Whatever excuses you think you have, there have been many people in far worse situations than you who have gone on to great success.
Eckhart Tolle was nearly suicidal throughout his twenties. Ken Keyes Jr., the author of Handbook to Higher Consciousness, was a quadriplegic. Everyone who has succeeded has had huge obstacles to overcome. Look at Oprah Winfrey! If all those people can do it, you can do it too.
It’s that simple. Get to it. As one great teacher said to me, “Cut the BS and do the thing.” Make a plan, and take whatever steps you can take during the next few months on that plan — and watch what happens.
Sometimes people ask this question:
I’ve answered that question with a question of my own: Of all the people in the world, how many of them dare to dream their greatest dreams? And of those who do, how many actually sit down and make a plan in writing to reach those dreams? And how many of them take action, and keep taking the steps they need to take?
Very, very few. Until now.
Dare to dream. Then sit down and make a plan to achieve that dream. Start taking whatever steps you can take now, and keep taking the next obvious steps in front of you. Then — as a reviewer of one of our books said — “Prepare yourself for some truly marvelous results!”