I love to hear success stories. Anybody’s success story. It doesn’t have to be mine for me to enjoy listening to it.
It may sound a little bizarre until you understand the theory behind it. Actually, there are a couple of theories behind it.
I had once read that anything that happens once can happen an infinite number of times. This gave me hope that some of the things that I had hit upon by accident and couldn’t figure out how to get them to happen again, could be replicated an infinite number of times if I kept trying and didn’t give up.
From this, I extrapolated the belief structure that anything that anyone else can do, the rest of us can do, too. So, I got to thinking that even if I don’t have the knowledge, innate talent, or skill to do something, if I put enough time and effort into researching it, practicing it, and I’m willing to fail innumerable times, I might be able to do the same thing as the person who succeeded.
And then I got to thinking that if I can do something, anything, that means that everyone else in the world can do it, too. The trick is to keep at it and don’t give up.
There are two age groups whose success stories fascinate me; one is children and the other is senior citizens. Alpha and omega, the beginning of life and the ending of life.
When children succeed at very difficult tasks by determination and sheer grit alone, this shows me the road map of someone who is going to be extremely successful in life.
And when someone who is very old attempts to do something different that is very difficult, and succeeds, that shows me the road he has traveled. This is a person who has lived life fully and taken from it the sweetness of success. This is someone who will have few regrets when he leaves this earth.
So, when I hear success stories, I revel in them and think that the world will be a better place because someone has given us a template of success that is attainable by the rest of us.