Imagine your pundits and detractors telling you there is a pretty good chance you will fail. Actually…imagine them telling you it’s all-but-guaranteed. Discouraging? Depressing? Motivation-sapping? You bet!
But that’s exactly what they told me when I decided to go into business, and perhaps you too heard or will hear the following things: “The economy’s bad.” “The rate of business failures is astronomical!” “You’re on a shoe-string budget…you can’t succeed!” “You lack experience to compete in the dog-eat-dog business world!”
In 1990, James “Buster” Douglas was told the same thing by everybody! He was to face the indestructable, feared, insurmountable and undefeated “Iron” Mike Tyson in the ring!
The odds by Vegas bookmakers were placed at 42-1!
Imagine somebody saying to you “There is only a 2.3% chance that you will succeed! Might you just give up? Might you not even try? Might you be so overwhelmed by the discouragement caused that you wouldn’t put your heart and soul into achieving your dream?
Here are the final seconds of that legendary bout, dominated up until this point by the “written-off” challenger. That’s 42-1 underdog James “Buster” Douglas you’ll see in the white trunks, and the undefeated heavyweight champ Mike Tyson in the black. Let’s see how accurate those critics, experts, detractors and oddsmaker can be. And how much “heart” can factor into the equation:
Dig deep! Aim high! Go for the knockout punch in business! Prove to yourself you can do it! And along the way…prove your critics, pundits and detractors wrong!
Image credits: Fight: ESPN.com; businesspeople: in2people.com; Saying: musingmisanthropes.com