You have what it takes to succeed and no one is better than you. – Matt Furey

“But I’m not a world champion.”

“But I’m not educated enough”

“But I was born in the wrong side of the tracks”

But, but, but… One of the great lessons that Matt has taught is that you already have what it takes to succeed.

Some people feel they need some kind of external assurance to give them the “stuff” it takes to succeed. Nonsense! What it takes is YOU! Also, the people that do succeed are not better or smarter than you.

If you get to meet and talk to a couple of millionaires you will probably be quite unimpressed with them, other than the fact that they are millionaires. They are regular folk just like you and me and have the same 24 hours in a day that you and I have. They are not particularly smarter, healthier, more attractive, or more educated than the rest of us. Some of them are overweight, dull, and have no higher education.

What they DO have is a way to provide a VALUE that people are willing to exchange MONEY for and repeat the process over and over (which perhaps should be what our education should REALLY be teaching, but that is another subject).

Early in life Michael Jordan got cut from the basketball team he wanted to join, did he just say “Well, maybe basketball is not the thing for me?” NO! He practiced and practiced until he became the superstar he is today.

Did you know that James Earl Jones used to have problems with stuttering? Did he say “well acting requires better speaking skills than I currently have, so I will just look for blue collar jobs.” NO! He practiced and improved his speaking skills to the point where he now is sought after for his deep voice. Remember that the next time you HEAR the voice of Darth Vader from Star Wars.

Did you know that Beethoven was deaf? Did he say “I am losing my hearing so I will give up music.” NO! He kept on composing despite the fact that he eventually lost the one sense that was supposed to be superior in him to everyone else in the world.

Bill Gates did not finish his college degree. Did this prevent him from becoming a very rich man in the technical world of computer software? NO! While I DO believe in education, this is a great case for showing that it is NOT NECESSARY to have a degree to be successful.

OK, you get the point. You have what it takes to succeed and no one is better than you.

Very respectfully,
Eric Guttmann
The Self Reliance Manifesto

The Self Reliance Manifesto

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