Passion & Hardwork Over Decades Equals Guaranteed Success

by Michael Simmons on Mar 22, 2009

I was first exposed to the idea that I could accomplish anything I want in life in high school, about 10 years ago.

Since then, my life has been experiment to see if that idea is true. At times, I’ve had a lot of outward success with media and awards. At other times, I’ve toiled away in the clutches of personal doubt, skepticism from others, and lack of finances.

As time has passed, I am more and more convinced that what I believed in high school is true. My happiness and success have been increasing, and I’m exposed to more and more role models who are doing the same thing.

In Napoleon Hill’s book, he says, “Every failure has within it the seed of equal or greater benefit.” I’ve also experienced this to be true. As I grow, my challenges and failures will grow. I’m extremely excited to confront these and see the person that I MUST become to overcome them.

If you happen to be at a low point right now, just know that it’s all part of the journey. Have faith. As long as you have passion and therefore are willing to work hard no matter what, your goals will be achieved.

As you get closer to your goals, they may become less relevant as you realize that the true joy is in who you become, not what you accomplish.


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I'm the co-founder of Empact, one of the leading entrepreneurship education organizations in the world. I'm obsessed with understanding how we all can lead meaningful lives that have a positive social impact. I love probing into the truth of how we experience life. I believe that challenges are what make us grow the most, and I openly share my experiences. Continue reading…