The starting point of all achievement is desire. – Napoleon Hill
You have a dream.
It slowly builds inside you. You’re gonna pursue that dream. You can feel it in your bones. You see it clear as day. It should be obvious to everyone! There is greatness to be had!
So with great confidence, you share your dream with your family and friends. You paint the picture for them. You show them how it will all work and then you wait with great expectation for their response. Surely they are going to be fired up and ready to link arms with you as you march to glory.
Your gut twists in pain, as you watch everyone you speak to look at you with that puzzled and worried expression.
“You’re sure about this, huh?” they ask.
“Aren’t you a little old to be trying something new?” they sincerely probe.
“What does your wife think?”
This is not what you expected. What the heck kind of questions are these?! Don’t they see it?! Don’t they get it?!
No, they don’t.
You may as well have told them that you just had lunch with Santa Claus and you’re going to build a theme park at the North Pole together.
Bear-hug the Truth
History shows that those who followed their dream and achieved great things generally did so alone and suffered along the way. In the Bible, Joseph had dreams about being a big deal and told his brothers.
What did they do?
They laughed at him, despised him and then sold him into slavery while telling his father he got killed. Super neat, right? Just what he planned on! Of course, in the end he was a big deal.
Walt Disney’s father told him that there was no future in his artistic endeavors. Walt went on anyway. At his lowest point, Walt lived in his small office, owned one suit and ate cold beans out of a can. He was the only one who could see it and he was the only one there.
Both of these men’s stories (and there are countless others) show us something that I believe to be universally true.
The path toward achieving any ambition is walked, for the most part, alone and I think if it isn’t… you’re being robbed. This season determines whether or not you’re actually going to succeed at your dream. It will show, with merciless clarity, how great your resolve is or is not. It’s necessary and it’s a good thing.
Embrace it and be grateful for it. You should bear-hug the truth it shows you, regardless of what that truth is. People who don’t have to endure this process prior to their success, end up ungrateful and miserable souls who give the world nothing but their own relentless self-indulgence.
Go and Prove It
So, don’t get offended when nobody in your inner circle invests or believes in your amazing idea. Don’t get mad at the world. Go and prove it.
It’s not anyone’s job to make sure you succeed at whatever your ambition may be. It is your job. Strategize, solidify your tactics and execute. If you feel lonely and about to burn out, go sit somewhere quiet and cry your eyes out. It’s necessary, human and it’s OK. Then get back up and go continue your work.
Of course, there will be people who help you along the way. The owner of a Greek restaurant by Disney’s little office let him rack up a massive tab that he knew Walt couldn’t pay back at the time.
Walt did pay him back, but it took a while. These people will come in and out of your life as the Universe (God, the Big Kahuna) helps you out. If you don’t believe in God, then call these events nice coincidences. I don’t really care.
Just know that the path will be hard, but not harder than you can handle. Things will be provided for in ways you didn’t imagine.
I hope this encourages you. The dream is yours and it is special. Nobody else will do it. Now get up and go do your work!