My favorite quote by one of my gurus, Robin Sharma:
Another one of my heroes, Henry Ford said:
Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook because he knew it would work. In his mind.
Or did Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google founders) ran from pillar to post to see if their idea of ‘downloading the internet on their computer’ is ‘really workable’? No, they just went ahead and created it.
Wright Brothers knew they would create a machine that would make them fly…And they did it! In spite of people calling them names…
When Sony launched its Walkman – which is to date the highest selling consumer electronics product in history (iPod has yet to catch up!) – there was hardly any market research when it was created. It was something that one of the founders of Sony, Masaru Ibuka, created for himself first because he wanted to listen to symphonies on long-haul flights. And rest, as we all know, is history.
I could go on and on with more examples, but now, lets talk about you and me.
Our problem is, even if we have a brilliant idea/thought/plan, we don’t follow through.
First we ask people who are closer to us to ‘have their opinion’ because they are OLDER, RICHER, SMARTER, WISER, EXPERIENCED etc (all in our minds, though!). And what do they tell us, in all their ******* wisdom?
‘It will never work!’
‘You must be out of your ******** mind!’
‘Remember that guy? He tried it and failed. So its better you don’t try it. Learn from his experience!’
‘You have a cushy job, why would you want leave and do this crazy thing?’
‘We are in recession’
‘This is Pakistan, it won’t work here!’
‘How could anyone in our family do THAT!’
Wow, what wise opinions…Not a single person thinks that we could be right!
And we believe them!
And we start thinking since everyone is saying it wont work, then IT WONT WORK!
And we leave the idea/project/business/product etc and go back to our favorite place:
The STATUS QUO!
You would be delighted to know that even the most intelligent and so-called ‘wise men’ of their fields have been proven wrong at times. And we take someone’s opinion seriously who doesn’t even KNOW what we are talking about….
Guess who said this in 1983:
You won’t believe it, but, it was……..Bill Gates!
Hope you will take your dreams and ideas seriously, even if people laugh at them or YOU.
In fact, you should ENSURE that people laugh at your dreams…
Never forget that its YOUR LIFE that we are talking about, not someone else’s and …You only live once!
Steve Jobs couldn’t have said it better than this:
Dare to dream.
Have a remarkable life…