I don’t believe that I’m a successful entrepreneur…I know that I’m a successful entrepreneur.
What does this sentence triggers for you?
I’m reading the book Three Feet from Gold from Sharon Lechter and Greg Reid. I’m savouring it. So I am slowly reading it. I am at the chapter about passion and there is an interesting concept highlitghted.
In the chapter, Greg is asking Richard Cohn (publisher of the Secret) what made him persevere in difficult times. Cohn’s answer is really interesting:
“The fact that I knew!”
And he explained that it is more efficient to know than to believe. He gave the example of love.
“Do you prefer to believe that one day you could find your true love or to know that someone is waiting for you and that all you have to do is to move towards this person until you meet him/her?”
This is a really interesting perspective and it opens a different approach to business, don’t you think?
Here is some food for thought about this approach:
1. “Believing” means that you have chosen a truth, but “knowing” means that you are certain about that truth.
2. “Believing” always leaves room for doubt, but “knowing” leads to confidence.
3. “Believing” is blind trust, while “knowing” is trusting with awareness.
I know that we can be highly philosophical about this rethoric but from a business perspective, for me knowing means that I am ready to make all efforts possible, meaning ACT!, to ensure I am successful.
Believing, on the other hand, puts less weight on my shoulders, less responsibilities and I know that I can blame others for my failure if my belief doesn’t come true.
Knowing is like an athlete who knows that they will go to the Olympics and win the Gold medal. Those athletes make it because they see it, they visualize it, they know it!
This new knowledge is literally giving me wings! I love this approach and I continue to work on it!
I love this book. I encourage you to read it, to change your obstacles into opportunities.
And Now Some Goodies for Your Pleasure!
Work hard for what you want because it won’t come to you without a fight. You have to be strong and courageous and know that you can do anything you put your mind to. If somebody puts you down or criticizes you, just keep on believing in yourself and turn it into something positive.
You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.
Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.