Most, if not all of us, want to be successful in our chosen career or endeavor in life. Unfortunately, that is not easily done. Before achieving any level of success, we have to pass through several needles. Often, it is only after we find our faces down deep in the mud before we start seeing some glistening rays of success. Only if we truly believe in ourselves, or if someone truly believes in us, and if we persevere in our ideas, will we make it to the Promise Land.

1. Walt Disney

When Walt Disney was 22, he was fired from a newspaper job because his editor felt he was “not creative enough and lacked imagination.” One of his early business ventures went bankrupt. It was also rumored that Disney was turned down more than 300 times before he finally got the financing for the Walt Disney World.

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It will hurt. It will take time. It will require dedication. It will require willpower. You will need to make healthy decisions. It requires sacrifice. You will need to push your body to it’s max. There will be temptation. But I promise you this… When you reach your goal, it will have been WORTH IT.

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Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success.

–Swami Vivekananda

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