Choosing to Succeed

Last week, someone wrote in telling me to stop being so positive because “not everyone will succeed”.

But you know what?

That’s the beauty of it.

We have NO idea who will succeed.

And who am I to pick and choose who to motivate and inspire?

After all, who would have given Sean Stephenson a chance when he was born. Heck, he wasn’t even expected to live and he’s gone on to inspire millions of people through his passionate speeches in person and that you can watch on youtube.

And who would have given Oprah Winfrey a chance? Growing up in a broken home, abused, having her newborn die when she was only 14 years old…should the world have given up on her? Should she have quit just because “not everyone can succeed?”

And why did anyone ever encourage Justin Bieber to post those silly videos of him singing on Youtube. What good could that EVER do?

Why give Rudy a tryout at Notre Dame?

Why give Mickey Ward another shot in the ring?

Why even bother letting the Giants play the unbeaten Patriots in the Superbowl?

And woe is the person who ever said to me, “Craig, you can do it. I believe in you.” Didn’t they realize they were just wasting their time?

Listen, there’s no authority out there who chooses who will succeed and who won’t.

The reality is the only person who can stop you is YOU.

You can let the negativity of others get you down.

Or you can use it to light a fire under your butt to take action
.

You can let the competition in the marketplace stop you from trying.

Or you can use it to identify a gap in the marketplace you can fill.

You can let your lack of technical know-how be an excuse.

Or you can use it as the reason you only do the important tasks of creating and selling.

You can let the doubt and disbelief of others infect your enthusiasm like a cancer.

Or you can use it to dramatically boost your “I’ll show them” attitude.

You can become whatever you happen to stumble into over your lifetime.

Or you can take charge and CHOOSE to be what you truly desire.

It’s up to you.

Today doesn’t just have to be America’s Independence Day.

It can be yours as well,

Craig Ballantyne

No matter how much you might feel like you are struggling, never give up. Never ever

Title: Choosing to Succeed

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Last week, someone wrote in telling me to stop being so positive because “not everyone will succeed”.

But you know what?

That’s the beauty of it.

We have NO idea who will succeed.

And who am I to pick and choose who to motivate and inspire?

After all, who would have given Sean Stephenson a chance when he was born. Heck, he wasn’t even expected to live and he’s gone on to inspire millions of people through his passionate speeches in person and that you can watch on youtube.

And who would have given Oprah Winfrey a chance? Growing up in a broken home, abused, having her newborn die when she was only 14 years old…should the world have given up on her? Should she have quit just because “not everyone can succeed?”

And why did anyone ever encourage Justin Bieber to post those silly videos of him singing on Youtube. What good could that EVER do?

Why give Rudy a tryout at Notre Dame?

Why give Mickey Ward another shot in the ring?

Why even bother letting the Giants play the unbeaten Patriots in the Superbowl?

And woe is the person who ever said to me, “Craig, you can do it. I believe in you.” Didn’t they realize they were just wasting their time?

Listen, there’s no authority out there who chooses who will succeed and who won’t.

The reality is the only person who can stop you is YOU.

You can let the negativity of others get you down.

Or you can use it to light a fire under your butt to take action.

You can let the competition in the marketplace stop you from trying.

Or you can use it to identify a gap in the marketplace you can fill.

You can let your lack of technical know-how be an excuse.

Or you can use it as the reason you only do the important tasks of creating and selling.

You can let the doubt and disbelief of others infect your enthusiasm like a cancer.

Or you can use it to dramatically boost your “I’ll show them” attitude.

You can become whatever you happen to stumble into over your lifetime.

Or you can take charge and CHOOSE to be what you truly desire.

It’s up to you.

Today doesn’t just have to be America’s Independence Day.

It can be yours as well,

Craig Ballantyne

No matter how much you might feel like you are struggling, never give up. Never ev

  • Craig Thompson

    Great piece, Craig! You hit it right on the head. The people you mentioned are prime examples of those who would have been written off but for their confidence in themselves, and others’ belief in them. Bravo!
    CAT

  • As Tony Volpentest said; “If you can dream it, you can achieve it”… 6 time Para Olympic Gold Metal.

  • Sam Feltham

    Thanks Craig mate , I needed that. I’ve been a bit down lately but still moving forward, I guess that decides who succeeds and who doesn’t?

    Thanks again bro,

    Sam 🙂

  • Right on the money with this post Craig!

    I feel really bad for whoever told you that not everyone will succeed because if that is his/her attitude then he/she will likely never succeed.

    The only person who can stop you is YOU.

    Kevin
    Yates Performance Training.com

  • ChuckB

    Wow, someone actually told you to be less positive? For many people, it takes time to get used to listening to some winners for a change.

  • Thanks craig, just what i needed…it always inpires me to read your emails….like they say never ever give up…

  • Susan

    I had decided last week to make today my “Independence Day” and then your article today just reinforced it. Thanks so much for your articles, I look forward to them everyday.

    • Anonymous

      Happy to help Susan, thank you.

  • Sheryle

    Craig,

    Way to turn a frustrating response into a positive. I, for one, truly appreciate your open and honest dialogue about your struggles and the reality of doing business online. It’s not all sunshine and roses and it’s what’s inside of you that makes the difference between success and failure. It’s that ‘never, never, never give up’ you close your posts with. Thanks for your great info and the reality check when needed!

  • Well said, Craig

    Thanks.

  • Thanks for the inspiration Craig. Sometimes we all just need those kicks in the butt! What a great reminder that we are all in charge of our own “Independence Day”!

  • Michael

    Just a quick note of thanks for the post. We all need to be reminded of these simple truths every once in a while.

    • Anonymous

      Thanks Michael.