Most people seem to think that there are limits to almost everything, and in some cases there are. For example, there is a limit to how much water you can fit into a gallon jug. There are only 24 hours in a day. There is a limit to how fast you can drive without getting a ticket, granted, each cop you pass is different. But you get the point. There is a limit.
But some things in life do not have limits. Now I can tell a writer, “there is no limit to the number of books you can write.” And he could counter with, “yes there is, I’m gonna die at some point.” And while that is true, that limit is not predefined.
Let’s take a business for example. Often times when we start a business, we quickly put predetermined limits on how big, long, or successful it can be. Sometimes we do these in the form of goals.
Goals – The Good And The Bad
Goals are tricky, because if you don’t watch, that goal you set can become the limit to how far you will take an idea.
But in reality that new business has no limits. For example, let’s say you decide to start a company to sell pretty much every possible thing known to human beings online. Who does that now? Amazon!
That’s a bold move, but there is no limit to how far you can take that idea. Sure, Amazon is a behemoth of the company, but big giants have fallen before, and your enterprise could one day supplant them.
You have the opportunity to achieve whatever you want, but something could hold you back:
- Work ethic
However, all those are limitations that can be overcome. You see, that is the key. You have to be able to realize that those items are not limits to your growth; they are shortfalls in life that can be overcome.
Who Wants to Take a Gamble?
Talking of gambling, an example I like to use is the Main Event for the World Series of Poker. Does anybody else find it interesting that this program airs on ESPN?
Anyway, often times, people who essentially come out of nowhere win the event. Sure they have talent, but they are far from the best players in the room.
You could say compared to all the other players they have limits (experience, knowledge, and tactics). But they win.
It just shows that with some luck and impromptu creativity, you can achieve levels of success beyond your wildest dreams. Okay, maybe not your wildest dreams, but you know what I mean.
Breaking Down in Pressure
It can be easy for us to become distracted by the people in our lives who question our ability to achieve the unachievable. And sadly we need to realize that a lot of this comes from their selfish desire to ensure that we do not outperform their personal goals.
Because of peer pressure and personal limits, we can often find it hard to mentally reach for the stars and achieve greatness. That is why experts tell you to visualize your dreams every day. It is why Steven Pressfield in The War of Art tells you that Resistances will meet you every day to break down your personal desires to achieve something great.
So don’t limit yourself to what you think you can achieve, and to close I would like to paraphrase a quote from Bill Belew.
He was asked, “Do you think passion is important to success when starting a business?”
And he said,
Passion is important, but do you know what is more important than passion? Hunger. And I don’t mean hunger in the figurative sense, but literally. When you are literally hungry for something, and your livelihood depends on it will you succeed. And when you combine passion and hunger you will find something truly special.
There are too many reasons a business fails. It’s a tough job creating something from nothing but an idea.
But don’t let your mental picture be the reason you fail. Take the shackles off your business so you can take it to new heights, and find that hunger to succeed.