I know I am going to be successful.
I also know this is a big statement.
The truth is, I never believed it before. People would point it out or mention it. I’d brush it off.
Someone used to tell me “I know you’re going to be successful because of your character.” Even though that came from someone close to me, I didn’t believe it… but I finally know what he meant and for the first time in my life (it’s only taken me 25 years…) it is with confidence that I can say, “I will be successful.”
I don’t know exactly how or when just that it will happen.
How do I know?
It’s because I’ve defined what success means to me. It’s different for everyone. It’s something you need to decide for yourself. For some it’s money, the title, the expensive cars and luxurious trips. For me, it’s about connecting and building relationships with the kind of people who support me in who I am/what I am doing and are building and growing in their own endeavors. It’s about creating a life that I’m proud of where I have the ability to be myself unapologetically. It’s having the creative freedom to write and say what I want, and having it be a positive impact on others. It’s leaving the world a better place than how I found it. The money will follow and come in time.
It’s because I believe in my own future with certainty. You might not understand my crazy ideas or see my vision. You don’t need to because I see, feel and think about it everyday. I’m always thinking of ways for me to make it real. I’m dreaming and I’m doing. I’m thinking about whether the woman I am and the kind of woman I want to be are the same. I think about how I can be better each week. I believe in myself even when no one else does. My faith in my abilities isn’t reliant on your approval nor is it dependent on your “OK.” I’m letting go of wanting to please others.
It’s because I know I have so much more to learn, but I’m willing to learn from others and from those who are successful. I’m happy to listen. I’m happy to practice. I’m excited to be around people who are smarter than I am. I know that there’s work that needs to be done and I spend time learning and building, not wasting it away watching other people chasing their dreams. I don’t know how to do everything, so I find people who can help me with what I can’t do.
It’s because I’ve struggled to find purpose. I’ve had missed opportunities. I’ve failed to do what I think is right. I’ve also done things that “sounded right” only to find that it was so wrong for me. I’ve hit so many dead ends. I’ve heard so many no’s. I’ve been flat out ignored or stood up. I’ve been burnt out. I’ve made mistakes. Through all of these challenges, I’ve discovered how much fight I have in me and I continue to brush myself off and keep going. I’ve learned that I would regret doing it, than not doing it. I’ve been through those countless struggles. They still happen, but I’d rather get through it than be stuck. I know that there’s a certain level of discomfort that comes with something new and difficult.
It’s because I’ve thought about what I’m doing. How it makes me feel. How I want it to be. Who I want around me. What I want it to all mean at the end. I decide to make an effort each and everyday.
I know what I like. I know what I want. I can say no. I know what’s right for me.
I give a shit. I care. I try.
I’m not here to prove you wrong. I am here to prove myself right.
I will never give up on myself.
I have this one life to live, and I am committed to making it a one of a kind adventure. When I’m older, I want to be that awesome grandma who is able to tell stories of when I did ____ or when I met ____.
I am committed to myself.
Whether you doubt me, or hate it. I’m still going to keep going.
So build with me and help me, or watch me.
I will be successful. It’s just a matter of when.
I hope you’ll be there along the way and to celebrate with me.
Thank you to those who continued to believe in me and were gracious during the times when I didn’t believe in myself. I hope you’re proud of who I’ve become and am becoming. Because of you, I have been shaped into who I am today and try to be that light to others. Wishing you nothing but success in business and life.