Success doesn’t just fall out of the apple tree and into your lap unless you’re lucky enough to win the lottery. And even people who win the lottery often go on to completely ruin and destroy their lives because they can’t appreciate the true value of their success in relation to what they had to sacrifice to get there (which is usually very little).
It’s all too easy to look at our favorite celebrities, entrepreneurs, and public figures in awe. We see the Rolls Royce, the Miami Beach condo, the nice suits, smiles, and happy family. Unless you’re a monk, these are all things which you want for yourself as well.
None of these things came overnight, though. They all took copious amounts of personal and financial sacrifice in order to obtain. If you could sit down and have a conversation with 90% of business owners or famous celebrities, they would tell you that it only gets worse before it gets better. Most business owners or famous celebrities have a webinar meaning that they shoot a video out on the web live for all to see, so that way they can connect with their fanbase.
The world rewards those who persist. Persistence isn’t easy. It requires grit, determination, and the will to keep going where anybody else would have given up long ago.
Entrepreneurs’ Stories Of Sacrifice
Today, we’re going to be looking at stories of sacrifice in the lives of several entrepreneurs and modern day celebrities. Hopefully, these should serve as motivation for you to get through whatever rut you’re currently in and help propel you through to the next stage of greatness and personal success.
You’ve probably seen Grant Cardone on those YouTube commercials before. He has several best-selling business books, runs a sales training academy, and recently started the 10X conference where he invites entrepreneurs from all over the world to speak about their success and what they had to do.
He’s often seen with a fat cigar in his mouth, his signature white Rolls Royce, and his 10X snapback cap. He’s a couple hundred million short of being a billionaire, and he likes to show it off.
His success didn’t come easy, though. In fact, he didn’t even start until he was in his mid-twenties. His younger life was plagued by drug addiction, bad choices, and lack of commitment to anything. Once he got rid of all of these negative influences in his life, though, he started a job at a small car dealership.
He hated the job, but he was committed to being the best there was. He came in early and stayed late. A few years later, he was one of the best car salesmen in the entire city. He took his hard-earned sales knowledge and started a course where he traveled around and spoke to small sales-based businesses.
Once he was able to make money from this, he began investing in real estate, and simply scaled, and scaled, until he got where he was at today.
Grant Cardone’s sacrifice was that he was committed to being the best at a job that he hated. He was so fixated on improving his life and building himself up that he was willing to sacrifice all of his free time, weekends, partying, and searching for a better “job.” His relentless persistence is the only reason that he’s in the position that he’s in today.
Mark Manson is an interesting person. He’s a blogger and best-selling author most famously known for his self-improvement book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck. While most would say that this attitude certainly isn’t one that you should take into your professional life, Manson breaks it down and explains why it is, in fact, one of the best things you can do if you want to be successful. Once you stop caring about appearances, once you’re willing to say “F*ck it” and chase your dreams, you’ll be on the track towards success.
Writing this book changed Manson’s life. Before that, he was a struggling blogger who traveled the world and tried his best to pay bills and get by. He was doing what he loved, though, so he was happy.
To get where he is at today, though, he had to make a very important sacrifice early in his professional life. After he had just graduated from college and got his first suit-and-tie job at a banking firm, he realized that he had to quit in order to chase his own dreams.
Sacrificing your steady income in pursuit of a higher goal is never an easy choice. If things don’t work out how you plan them, there is the constant threat that you could lose everything that you’ve already worked so hard to achieve. True success never comes without risk, though.
Who doesn’t know Bill Gates? He’s one of the most famous tech billionaires in the world and is the founder of Microsoft. It would be all too easy to look at Gates and think, “this guy has always been successful.” He just has that aura of peace, calm, and control that most stressed-out, hardworking people don’t have.
Bill Gates didn’t just stumble upon Microsoft, though. It was the result of years and years of hard, never-ending work. As soon as he found out that the school he was attending had a computer (very rare in those days), he was determined to use it as much as possible. There was one small problem, though. Time was very limited in those days as the few computers in the school had to be shared by every other student.
In order to get more time than anybody else, Gates sacrificed all of his free time and summers doing maintenance work and fixing bugs in the computers for the school. This gave him thousands of more hours than he would have otherwise had to learn about computers but came at the sacrifice of his personal life.
Moral of the story; to become the best in your field, you have to be willing to trade your personal life to further your education.
Who hasn’t heard of author J.K. Rowling and her famous Harry Potter series? Today’s millennials grew up with them, and they were the books and movies that we eagerly awaited each year. Tales of wizards, witches, and a magical underground world that existed right in front of our eyes was our escape from the dull reality of America’s public education system.
After book sales and movie deals, her current net worth is around a billion dollars. When she first sat down to write the first book, though, she was on the verge of being homeless. She was a single mother who was trying to survive off of welfare. She had a dream of being a writer, but nothing else had really panned out for her.
Then one day, she had the idea that changed everything. She scribbled down the outline for the first Harry Potter novel on the back of a cafe napkin, went home, and spent all of her free time writing it. This got her the book deal that she desperately needed, and the rest is history.
Imagine if she would have given up on her dream, though? What if she would have stopped writing, and followed the world’s advice to pick up a 9-5 job that would have undoubtedly paid her more than she was making at the time. Chase your dreams, even in the bad times. It will all be worth it in the end.
True success never comes to those who aren’t willing to chase it to the ends of the earth and put in the hard work, time, and personal sacrifice necessary to get it. Stop complaining that you’re not getting where you want if you haven’t put in years of hard work. The reality is, it may be five or ten more years until you get to where you want to be in life. When you get there, though, it will be a glorious feeling, and well worth every ounce of sacrifice that you made getting there.
Stay hungry, stay hustling, and never give up.