Follow One Course Until Successful

In his classic ‘Think And Grow Rich’, Napoleon Hill mentioned this:

“Set your mind on a definite goal and observe how quickly the world stands aside to let you pass.”

The key word there is ‘definite goal’

But the problem is… many people do not even know what they want in the first place.

So, in order to be successful in whatever you do, you first need to have a definite goal in mind and then keep following through by focusing on it till you achieve success!

Let me relate to you this amazing personal experience that happened about twenty years ago before I started into business…  (I hope I don’t sound like blowing my own trumpet but this is to share with you that anything is possible.)

At that time, I was still working as an employee but life got so bored so I started looking out for something to do besides my job. So one thing I did was to take up a computer diploma course. During the course, one of my classmates asked me if I’m interested in a freelance programming project.

So, together with a colleague then, we went to see the client who wanted us to write a software for them that works through voice response much like those you hear in your phone banking interaction that goes, “Press 1 for this, press 2 for that…”

This software will allow their customers to call in through the telephone and book delivery dates for the products they ordered during exhibition and at their showrooms. It sounds so easy but mind you:

  • Both my colleague and I are engineers, and not software programmers or computer people
  • We never had any real world programming experience except some textbook knowledge
  • We had absolutely no idea how to write such an interactive voice response program
  • That was over 20 years ago and there was NO internet!

However, when asked if we can handle the project, we confidently said YES!

And then the moment we left the meeting room, we looked at each other and laughed uncontrollably!

Well… guess what? Since we have given our word, we started to research and I still remember having to send IDD faxes to the U.S. to source out programming kits that allow us to create such a program.

Long story short, we focused on it, ordered the necessary programming kit and sound board, started to learn the programming language, designed the program and in just few months, created the entire system and earned ourselves a 5-figure sum!

Well, that is the power of F.O.C.U.S. – to follow one course until successful. So, I hope you will set your goals for 2013 and follow through until you are successful be it to lose 20 kg, or to earn a 5-figure income and I wish you every success in your journey.