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9. Self Belief

“What we can control is our performance and our execution, and that’s what we’re going to focus on.”

…  Bill Belichick

Efforts and optimism story by John:

Jack pooled all his life savings and started a small venture in the city. He sold stationary items such as pencils, pens, erasers, sharpeners etc. but as luck may have it, nobody came.

A week and then a month passed by but unfortunately no one purchased even a single pencil from him.

Cursing his luck, Jack sold all his items at one-tenth the price to a junk dealer. Since all his life savings were exhausted, he returned to his village to continue farming.

One day after sowing the seeds on his field, while he was having his lunch under a big tree, he saw an ant that was carrying a piece of grain above the tree.

While pushing the grain above, the ant fell down 9 times, but it didn’t lose hope. On its 10th try, it was finally able to reach its colony and hand over the grain to its mates.

Jack was impressed by the dedication of the tiny creature and learned the lesson.

He once again pooled all the leftover money, returned to the city and restarted the business.

Like before, he faced various challenges and failed a lot of times but he refused to give up.

He read dozens of business books and articles to learn different marketing tactics and devoured biographies of successful people who beat all odds and accomplished their goals.

After struggling for a year, his efforts finally bore him fruits and he was not only selling to students, teachers and schools but was also exporting his goods to other countries.


Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present and I have the power to make it so

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