|Self confidence - all over the place?
Do you find that your level of self confidence tends to
go up and down like the stock market? Or perhaps it even
goes up and down along with the stock market! Here is a
story about a Japanese businessman that might give you a new
The man in my story initially had numerous bankruptcies.
After his first bankruptcy he said, "Even though my business
had failed, I did not feel like I had failed. I still had
confidence in myself. I still knew that I could do something
good. I didn't try to figure out all the details of what I
had done right or wrong, I didn't try to understand whether
I was a good business man or a bad business man. I just
continued to believe in myself, and the vision that I had."
After this first bankruptcy he borrowed some more
capital, and started a new business which he also ran into
bankruptcy in a fairly short amount of time. Afterwards he
said, "Even more so now, I still had confidence in myself. I
had seen some flashes of brilliance, and I knew that I could
do something good. Once again, I didn't focus on right or
wrong, good or bad. I focused on what had worked and I
concentrated on how I could borrow more money with the hope
of finally fulfilling my dream."
He manages to borrow some more money and he also manages
to go bankrupt again. After his third bankruptcy he said "At
this point I had gotten the beginning taste of victory. I
knew I was getting closer to getting it right." What a
fantastic spirit this guy has! He has huge confidence in the
face of big time short term failure.
Back out on the streets, he only managed to borrow a
small sum of money. Not being able to start a "real"
business with such a limited amount of cash, he rented a
small Japanese pick-up truck. He shopped around in various
wholesale markets and wound up deciding to only buy
reasonable quality items that he could sell cheaply. He
loaded his goods into the back of his tiny pick-up truck and
parked illegally on a busy street where he hawked his wares
to the passersby, and the launch of a new retail phenomena
had begun. Over time he parleyed the success he had with his
one tiny truck, into a chain of highly successful stores.
When asked to what he attributed his success, he replied
"Believing in myself, and not picking apart all of my pluses
and minuses." He said, "Right from the beginning I knew that
I could be successful. I knew that dissecting what I had
done right and what I had done wrong would eat up a lot of
time and energy, and most likely not give me the formula for
success. I knew that the formula for success was already
inside of me, and that my job was to find a way to allow
this formula to be expressed. I didn't try to understand
what to do, I tried to get myself to the point where I was
already doing what I needed to do."
To me this story offers a great deal of inspiration. The
faith this man has in himself can be a gift to all of us.
This story also reminds me of an article I read in a
business magazine. The reporter interviewed a number of
highly successful business people, all of whom had "failed"
at least three or four times along the way. Each person in
their own words said the following "I could not be the
success I am today, had it not been for all of my previous
Do you have some "failures" in your life that possess the
seeds of future success? I am guessing that we all do.
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