Let me first acknowledge that I did not come up with the catchy phrase I used for this blog title. I got it from my Pastor Derwin Grey and Associate Pastor Paul Allen of Transformation Church. But as I was thinking of titles for this post, that phrase kept popping in my head.
Few of us ever see the success we are meant to have. Not because we aren’t capable. But because we don’t believe we are capable. We use a plethora of excuses for why we can’t accomplish certain things, or we make excuses for why others can. The belief in one’s self is the fundamental element that every successful person has. Whether your dream is to play professional sports, own a successful business, have wealth, or graduate from college; every one of these begins with the mindset that I CAN DO IT. I’m living proof.
I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth, or a wealth of successful family friends. I’m from a small farm town in rural Arkansas. I graduated in a class of 41 people. There was no internet when I graduated high school. When I started William Wilson Clothing, I knew no one in the industry, had no knowledge of the industry, or how it worked. What I did have was a belief that I could do it. Don’t get me wrong. I had fear. I was very afraid it wouldn’t work. A majority of my friends thought I was crazy, and I received more negative commentary than I did support. I honestly think the only 2 people that believed it would work was me and my mom, (and she probably just said it to make me feel better-LOL). I even lost one of my best friends while starting my company because she couldn’t understand that I couldn’t do all the things I used to do, and spend all my time in the same places if I wanted to make a change in my life. But I believed in me. I made a lot of mistakes, wasted money I didn’t have, and talked to people that would say positive things to my face, and slam me behind my back (well that part still happens- but I’m ok with that. It comes with the territory)
What I’m saying is “haters”, negative people, and fear will only prevail if you allow them to. I’m not saying every idea will work. They won’t! I have plenty of ideas that don’t work. I fail ALL THE TIME! Ideas are like jump shots. Even the best shooters miss more than they make. You just have to believe in yourself, and keep shooting. Eventually you will start to see success. Success breeds more success. As you achieve success, your mindset, attitude and environment will begin to change, and that’s when you will grow. That’s when you will see the success, that possibly, only YOU could see at the beginning. Don’t allow fear and negativity to stop your dream. Don’t let the scene of the crime, be your mind. Until next time…..
God bless and dress well,
William Wilson, CEO
William Wilson Clothing
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