We all like to think we succeeded because of our hard work, work ethic, planning, genius strategy, and business acumen. Those are great traits to have, and are very important. But they will never tell the entire story. Because the truth of the matter is, you’re not that special. Don’t be offended, neither am I. A lot of people work hard. I work extremely hard, and I have seen success. But there are people out there that work circles around me, and have paid their dues. Yet, they have not found the success they desired.
We’re never as good as we think we are, or as bad as others say we are. Usually, we’re somewhere in the middle. Quite often, the difference between us being successful or failing lies in a chance. Someone gives you a chance to show them what you can do. To prove you’re as good as you say you are. It can be that life changing moment. If we are honest with ourselves, and not so busy being cocky, arrogance and self righteous that we have the hubris to honestly believe we made ourselves successful, we can usually track down when we got our “chance”. Mine was February 12, 2009.
Former Carolina Panther, Al Wallace and I had been friends for a while. We ran into each other at a Panera Bread in Ballantyne and we started talking about my new custom clothing business. He said he needed a couple of sport coats, so he decided to give me a shot. He was happy with my work, and that led to me doing work for Mike Minter, and other athletes, and it has now led to where I am today. I have been blessed beyond anything I would ever have imagined. I’ve had my clothes at the Grammys, the Oscars, the NASCAR and NHRA awards banquets, and I now design the champion’s jackets for every major sporting event in Charlotte, sans the Wells Fargo Championship (and I’m working on that one-LOL). But none of that would have happened if Al Wallace hadn’t given me that first chance.
I’m a firm believer that you reap what you sow. I think there are many people that haven’t found success because they don’t help others find success. They are forever on the lookout for the next hookup. It’s all about what can you do for me? How can I get ahead? How can I get on top? If you aren’t willing to help others, why should anyone help you? The world has enough successful, yet selfish, people. It doesn’t need to add to the population. Maybe the next time you blame the world for your lack of success, or worse yet, you blame the “haters”, look in the mirror first. What have you done to give someone a chance? Maybe THAT is why you haven’t seen your blessing yet. But then again, what do I know? Until next time…..
God bless and dress well.
William Wilson, CEO
Wlliam Wilson Clothing
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