A couple of weeks ago, I was at a charity seminar called Learnathon.
For the unaware, Learnathon was a social media driven philanthropic initiative that is meant to raise funds for the victims of the recent flooding disasters in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines.
When I was first contacted, I agreed to do the seminar without hesitation. It was my way of giving back with all the accumulated success that I have achieved over the years. And I am glad to announce that we managed to raise $132,850 for the flood victims.
Moreover, getting together 14 of Asia’s top wealth creation and motivational speakers was a fantastic idea to help do charity, and share the secrets to financial freedom at the same time.
While I was at the event sharing the secrets to my success, a lot of people approached me saying they were very inspired by my success story.
And while I was seated at the front seat listening to the other speakers (There are a total of 14 of us), I find that we all have something in common that separate us from the underachiever.
And that thing is “Taking Massive Action”
Now, we are all born with the same potential for success. There, I said it.
I am a strong believer in that.
People can argue with me and say things like:
‘Jaz, I am not talented in this…’
OR even things like:
‘But I am born into a poor family, I have people to take care of, I don’t have the time…’ and all that blah blah blah.
None of that matters. When I hear such things, I only can think of one word – ‘excuses’.
The fact remains that despite being inspired by my personal success story, most people don’t know that I wasn’t born a talented marketer, a speaker, or a business owner.
They are skills which I picked up along the way in my life.
I sure didn’t come out of my mom’s stomach knowing that I wanted to do Internet Marketing. Heck, Internet Marketing didn’t even exist at that time!
And when I was in my teens, I flunked most of my subjects in school. Especially my English and Chinese, and of course, Science.
When I graduated, I started out with a fashion retail business, which flopped and landed me in huge debt.
Most people would have given up by now. I had nothing to my name at that time. It was indeed the lowest point in my life.
But I was encouraged by this phrase which I read from somewhere before – “When you are at the bottom, there is no other way to go but up.”
I sure didn’t have the money after that to get myself professionally trained in public speaking, so that I can speak in seminars.
(Even up till this day, I still feel a little nervous in front of a crowd.)
In fact, many don’t know this as well, but I am not proficient with web technologies.
So if you wanna argue about talent, I sure as hell don’t have that. Definitely not in the Internet Marketing or speaking area.
But really, all I had was the determination to change my life. I didn’t like feeling trapped in debt, and bound by circumstance.
I wanted freedom. I knew deep down inside somewhere, that I can do it if I put my mind to it.
Forget about talent. The secret to that is “massive action”.
If you feel that you are not good at a subject… Then do more of it.
The more you do something, the better you become at it. That’s how those ‘talented’ people become successful. They keep repeating what they do till they become excellent at it.
Just like learning the piano or dancing, working out in the gym, or learning a new language, no one starts out being fantastic.
They put their minds to it, overcome the first hurdle, and then overcome the other challenges that come along the way.
And they don’t give up. The ‘talented’ people are the ones who never say die.
They are the ones who keep going, pushing their limits, and even innovating to see what they can come up with.
Of course, they are also passionate about what they do, otherwise, they wouldn’t do it in the first place.
Eventually, they get so good it becomes a habit.
But most importantly, it is that they DO. They start. They don’t procrastinate and hold off on their actions.
And the same goes for you.
For those who have been complaining that they are not talented, or that they have no idea how to start, understand that it’s a personal trial you have to go through.
So stop complaining. Take it in your stride and do what’s necessary if you want to achieve what you want.
Talented or not, your actions will determine your fate. How willing you are to go through all that, is entirely your choice.
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