Proceed and Succeed!!!

Posted on December 13, 2010. Filed under: Encouragement/Empowerment |

I recently read this article by Billy Cox and I wanted to share it with you.  It is real yet encouraging at the same time.  I hope you enjoy it….

We all face disappointments and setbacks. Everyone has times in their life where they ask themselves such questions as “is it all worthwhile,” “am I really on the right path” and “if so, why is it so hard?”

These are not ordinary moments … these are your destiny-defining moments. These are moments where the decisions you make determine the path you take which will lead you to your ultimate destination. So when you find yourself at one of life’s crossroads ask yourself these three questions:

1. Do I love what I do? An old cliché goes, “If you love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life” No one loves everything about what they do. However, you must love the core cause, the mission behind what you do if you expect any lasting success.

2. Do I have the talents to succeed at it? This is a good question because you may love what you’re doing but have no chance at ever being successful at it. If you don’t believe me just watch American Idol. You must be brutally honest with yourself when you ask this question. You must also solicit the opinions of people you trust who will be brutally honest with you.

3. Does what I’m doing offer me the potential to achieve my social and economic goals? You may love what you do and have the talent to do it, but there’s no potential in it. An example is Will Smith trying to sell high-powered X-ray machines in The Pursuit of Happiness. That would almost be like trying to sell high-powered fax machines or starting a new automobile company today. What you’re doing must have opportunity and potential.

If you answered “NO” to any of these questions you need to do as we say in Texas: ”Dismount a Dead Horse.” Change directions as quickly as possible. Find something you love to do that has potential and that brings your talents to light.

If you answered “YES” to all three questions, chances are you’re just in a lull. Or, as Seth Godin says, you’re in The Dip. These life-altering moments are when you must Proceed and Succeed. Remember that most of life’s greatest victories are just inches away from life’s biggest setbacks and there’s always a way if you’re committed.

This is the time to keep your eye on the target, turn up the heat and keep pressing onward toward the prize. If you’ve experienced setbacks you may have to analyze the situation and try a different strategy. You may have to get creative and think out of the box.

Remember that Colonel Sanders was told “No” over 1,000 times before he sold his first piece of Kentucky Fried Chicken. Walt Disney was rejected over 300 times by bankers who thought his idea of Mickey Mouse was absurd. Thomas Edison found over 10,000 ways that didn’t work before he invented the electric light bulb. And, FedEx only shipped 4 packages their first day. So, as long as you have talent and passion mixed with potential, you can proceed confidently, knowing that you will succeed because you are on the right path and victory is ahead.

Billy Cox is a self-development speaker who has the unique ability to bring business and life issues together with a focus on business. He is the author of The All-Star Sales Book, The Dream Book and You Gotta Get In The Game. He can be contacted by calling 1-800-722-4685 or


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