In 1952, Edmund Hillary attempted to climb Mount Everest, the highest mountain then known to humans, 29,000 feet straight up. A few weeks after his failed attempt, he was asked to address a group in England. He walked up to the edge of the stage, made a fist and pointed at the picture of the mountains. Then he declared, “Mount Everest, you beat me the first time, but I’ll beat you the next time because you’ve grown all you are going to grow, but I am still growing!” On May 29, only one year later, Edmund Hillary succeeded in becoming the first man to climb Mount Everest.
Dear reader, achieving financial success in our country is like climbing Mount Everest. It is an arduous task. The experiences of most of our citizens are similar to the failed attempt by Edmund Hillary, but I wish to encourage you today that you can look at your mountain and say, “you beat me the first time, but I will beat you the next time.” You can make it despite the limitations that abound in this environment. Let me share a few useful tips with you.
Probably the most popular psalm of the Bible is Psalm 23. Its first line reads, “the Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.” It underscores the fact that a shepherd provides direction for his sheep. There is a sense in which we are pretty much like sheep. Life, especially in an environment like ours, could be confusing. Even when you have the right qualifications, connections or resources, things are still very unpredictable. A wise man once came to a conclusion that, “the race is not always to the swift, nor the battle to the smart, nor grace to the learned.” Ultimately, we need wisdom beyond the capability of the human mind to guide us through life. The man who wrote Psalm 23 said that when God takes the lead in our lives, we will not lack. We should learn to ask God questions. When we ask, we will receive. Then we should be sensitive to the spontaneous thoughts or ideas are flow through our minds. The voice of your conscience is one voice that will not deceive you. Obey it.
I love the capacity Edmund Hillary had to dream. Great achievements begin with great dreams. Go ahead and succeed in your imagination. What you see inside you today is what you will see on your outside tomorrow. Hold onto your dream no matter what. Your dream will come to pass. See that shop, that office or that factory. See yourself in that swivel chair rolling around that office like a big shot. And get ready, your success story will be like the next one.
Dreams do not turn themselves into reality. We are the ones who make them happen. Make a move. Don’t entertain any excuses. Go where you need to go, see who you need to see, see what you need to see, and request for what you desire. Remember, it is the one who asks who receives. If you believe that you must have all the money in the world before you start, you will start nothing. It is when you move that things will move for you.
Don’t Give Up
Louis L’Amour wanted to make a career as an author. When he started writing, it was not easy to get the publisher to help with his works. He received 350 rejections before he sold his first book. However, his persistence paid off. Eventually, he authored 100 novels with over 200 million copies in print. My dear reader, do you know what you might be missing if you give up too soon? Things don’t always work out the first time, but when they work out, they compensate for all our failures. It is still possible to succeed in this country. Hold on to your dreams until they become your reality.
You will succeed!