I have dedicated my adult life to the pursuit of answering a single question; What differentiates successful businesses from failing ones?
I am not here to cajole you and tell you what you want to hear. There are enough of those people out there. I believe the reason our paths crossed is so you too can learn the lessons life has taught me. Sometimes I may appear direct and even irreverent, that’s the passionate side of me talking.
On my journey I met some very interesting people, I got to explore hidden facets of the world and was exposed to privileged information and secrets unavailable to the masses.
Today, sometimes, after some of my public seminars, people approach me and ask what’s the most important thing I learned about life. Like a gentleman put it to me once: “Marco, what’s the one thing I should teach my children about life?”
This is what I tell them: I believe that a person’s ability to emotionally deal with the issues in their life, make tough decisions and to master their emotional reactions in all situations, positive and negative, is what distinguish successful people from the mass.
“Most people don’t succeed in business because of one of those emotional reasons: 1. their lack of confidence prevents them from starting, 2. their overacting ego prevents them from partnering, or 3. their pride prevents them from failing.”
Weak people allow outside circumstances to overwhelm them emotionally and never get back up. The strong ones are the masters of their own destiny, they learn from criticisms, and they don’t allow any outside forces to affect their destiny. During my public talks, I call this Mindset Mastery, or the ability to confront tough situations, learn from them, get back up and continue to move towards your goal. I don’t have children, but if I did, that’s the first thing I would teach them – to master their mind.
I truly believe that anyone can achieve anything. Yet most people won’t achieve much because they believe that success and thriving is their right; it’s not. Success is a privilege granted only to those who are willing to raise their standards beyond the limits of average. Most people don’t succeed in business or in life because they are not willing to do what it takes.
I also believe the survival of mankind is entirely based on the self-determined nature of human beings. The more people make the decision to awaken their potential and raise above the absurdity of their environment, the better we will all fare out.
Because few do, those individuals who master their emotions, and make empowering decisions have the power to control the world and make it a better place for all. Sadly, few people understand it. And the masses, far from understanding it, allow their self-determined nature to be controlled by status quo, common sense, dogmas, political correctness, peer pressure and all sorts of other external situations, outside of their self-determined nature. And it kills their spirit. By the time they reach about 30, 40 or 50 years old, most people have given up on their dreams and they are dead inside.
You want to know why businesses fail at an alluring rate? You want to know why most people never amount to their potential in life? Because it’s easier to conform than to create our own life.
Our brains are not made to thrive; they were design to make us survive. An attempt at success freaks out our brains and stops us short in our tracks.
Then, why do some people still thrive beyond imaginary means?
I believe there are two types of people, those who figure out how to bypass their brain’s natural aversion for risk and the majority who doesn’t.
The first group is comprised of people who get everything they want out of life, and the second group is the people who provide it for them. The “haves” and the “havenots”.
You have to ask yourself, which group do you want to be part of, because if you don’t ask, by default, you’ll fall in the second group.
It happened to me, it can happen to you.
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