I am a sucker for motivational videos. The best motivational videos will leave you feeling full of energy and ready to take on the entire world, at least for a couple minutes. I lead an interesting life full of color and the people I often interact with are also exceptional. However, there is a dirty secret I am aware of that no one seems to talk about when it comes to motivation and no it is not “the secret.”
The dirty secret is that people who are exceptional or who everyone wants to be like don’t watch motivation videos or even read motivational books, most of them are genetically predisposed to success. Many successful people will look at others and say, “well if I can do it, so can you!” Such a statement while interesting is like a squirrel telling a fish how to a climb a tree. The world is a complex place with complex choices and success is often contextual to a person’s genetics and environment.
People often make the mistake that effort equal success and this is a very big lie. You can dig a lot of holes and hope to get lucky or you can follow a map. The map however is not necessarily an order of things you must do, the map is contextual to your life. Do not believe you are not capable of success because you cannot get up at 5 am every morning, some of the largest successes came from people not wanting to fit in or do what everyone else does to be “successful.”