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How to Go From Nothing to Everything

November 16th, 2011 10:27 PM by Lehel S.

How to Go From Nothing to Everything

 

This week I received email from an artist who complained

about my advice in TIPS. She wrote that since she has no

money, recommendations to attend seminars are unreasonable,

that "it takes money to make money." She says that artists

are often unappreciated and under paid. She complained that

she had no contacts and no resources, so my "advice is a

sham." Unfortunately, she's probably not the only one who

feels that way.

 

Of course it's easier to turn an idea into reality if

you already have tools and resources! Anything's easier

when you've done it before and have a head-start! That's

obvious and to that degree, she's right.

 

In the bigger sense, however, her opinions are quite wrong.

The truth is that we all come into this world naked and

alone. At birth, we have no language, no money, no skills

and no resources. We start with nothing. Fortunately, most

of us don't stay that way.

 

Here are the steps that, as far as I know, every successful

person has used to achieve their goals:

 

1.  First, every innovation and great fortune begins as a

simple thought. Often it begins as just a whiff of thought,

a glimmer or an intuition, a simple, "I wonder what would

happen if...."

 

2.  Second, the vast majority of people dismiss these

thoughts or ideas. They get distracted and nothing develops.

But some people latch on to the idea and never let go!

They fertilize and nurture it. They ask questions about

how to proceed, who else might be interested, or where

they could get more information.

 

3.  Third, successful people take action. It might be a tiny

action, but they read a book, make a call, jot some notes,

explore the internet. They do something to record and expand

their idea.

 

4.  Fourth, they find people to help them. Too many people

keep their ideas to themselves and their dream dies like a

seed without water. Successful people form a team or a

MasterMind to ask more and better questions, and together

they find answers.

 

5.  Fifth, they develop a strategy. At first, it doesn't

have to be a brilliant or even a very effective strategy,

but they find a way to move forward, building on what works

and learning from their failures.

 

6.  Sixth, they persist and leverage everything "until."

They never give up and they never quit.

 

No one who reads this is powerless or without resources. You

can read. You have friends. There are books, and you have

the internet. There are coaches and models all around you.

There are investors looking for the "next big thing." You

may have to start small, and like an airplane going down the

run way, there may be a long period of slow-going while you

get started, but ultimately, airplanes do take off and soar!

 

Everything starts with an idea. Thomas Edison started with

ideas. Bill Gates started with ideas. Oprah Winfrey started

poor and alone, but she had some ideas. And all of them took

action. Share your best ideas with a "master mind" group of

friends, and ask great questions. Find the answers and take

action. Everything in life starts as an idea, a glimmer or

a dream. The difference is that successful people follow a

strategy and persist until their ideas become reality.
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Posted by Lehel S. on November 16th, 2011 10:27 PM

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