Are you working at a job where there is no end in sight? Has all the economic doom and gloom got you down? Have you ever started project only to start ten more and never get a single one of them complete? I’m happy to say that there is always a way to get through the confusion, to get past the pessimism, and to develop a vision which will succeed regardless of external forces that are out of your control.
You may be wondering why I’m talking like this since this is not a site typically meant for distributing motivational speeches. Let me give you a little background and then I’ll explain why I’m writing this, and how to get past all of the hurdles facing you to accomplish things you never dreamed possible.
The Curse Of The Shiny Object
Back at the beginning of the year, I wrote a post titled “The Curse of the Shiny Object“. In the post I explained how I had personally lost sight of my vision after years of striving to accomplish something which had no end goal. In the post I described the “shiny object” as the hope for “some technology [that] will come about [and] will solve all of our problems.”
It’s a great concept but unfortunately those shiny objects can make us lose site of our vision. I had this “realization” back in January and decided to set a new vision which was “success through social media“. Within weeks a new idea popped into my head that was perfectly aligned with my vision and as I have done before I decided to pursue it.
Less than 3 months later I am happy to say that the idea has materialized and will become a reality within a week or so. So if you are wondering why I have been absent from this blog recently, this is why. I wanted to share with you all a quick story about how I got here before telling you a little bit about what’s to come.
Think And Grow Rich
I rarely share with readers how I got to this point in my life but I figured now would be a good time because as I read more depressing news I am frequently reminded of how easy it is to lose site and drift away from your vision. I will try to keep this as short as possible because this site is truly about social media, not about the story of Nick O’Neill ;).
In 2000 I graduated high school and went to Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. The reason I decided to attend the school was because it was furthest away from my home and the postcard that came in the mail looked nice. Within three quarters (yes, the school has quarters due to their Co-Op program) I had left the school due to a bunch of bad decisions which I’ll refrain from sharing in this post.
Days before I left the school, I confided with my friends at the time that I was going to turn my life around. I pledged that I would learn guitar, start going to the gym, and create a new company. Shortly after returning I ended up going on a binge of self-help books, the first of which was “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill. Eventually I had accomplished all the goals I had set and it was thanks to the lessons learned in the book.
If you haven’t read it then I highly suggest you do because this single book combined with my decision to change my life, completely turned everything around. Think and Grow Rich is also the book from which all self-help and motivational business books have been developed.
Developing That Vision
In “Think and Grow Rich”, Napoleon Hill discusses a lot of things but the most important takeaway is that you must cultivate a burning desire, have strong faith, use autosuggestion, and develop persistence to attain any goal. The goal that you set is your vision and no matter what you do you must hold tight to that vision. A good friend of mine, Gary Vaynerchuk has the lofty goal of acquiring the New York Jets, and while some may laugh at the idea of Gary Vaynerchuk owning the Jets, he has no doubt that it will take place. That’s all that matters.
We hear it daily, right now is “the worst economy in the United States since the Great Depression”. Everyday the media shoves that idea down our throats until it’s engrained in our subconscious. Honestly I don’t give a shit what the media tells me everyday and you shouldn’t either because there is something that you can use to beat all the negativity that surrounds us daily: your vision.
If you pursue your vision passionately and hold tight to it, nobody can beat you. It should be your job and your mission to protect your vision at any cost (aside from the welfare of your family and your health). Everyday I have people tell me that launching a new business in the middle of economic turmoil is insane and while they may turn out to be right, there’s only one thing that matters: the vision. For you, your vision should be the only thing that matters.
Reaching Your Goals
So I think I’ve gotten the point across: you need to develop a vision. If you ever begin to question your vision, shoot me an email and I’ll be happy to talk with you about it. The next step is taking the steps to reach your vision and for me that vision has been to develop a way to teach others about success through social media.
While I can’t give you all the details about what I (and a business partner) will be launching in the coming days, I can say that this is the biggest announcement that I have personally ever made and I’m extremely excited about it. Each risk I’ve taken over the past 8 years since I left Northeastern University has taught me a valuable lesson (even if it resulted in failure) and I have accumulated all of those lessons (combined with my business partner’s lessons) into what I believe will be a priceless product.
I also hope that this product will help you, your friends, or professional connections to build a thriving business no matter what the economy brings your way. This is only the beginning of developing a vision that started back in January but I hope that some of you have the opportunity to participate and that we can all learn through the experience.
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