Believe, and the world is yours
Belief is the single most powerful force.
When you believe, you can achieve anything. Great inventors believed in what they were doing. Although failure after failure came, they kept going, driven by the belief that what they were doing had to work. Success does not stem from the belief that something can work; it’s the belief that something must work!
Let me tell you a great story I heard long ago that still resonates with me today:
The power of belief
Once there lived a monk on an island in the middle of the Ganges River, which floods every seven years. Frequent travellers across the river would stop to pay their respects in return for the monk’s blessings. Among them was a milkman who would always leave a pot of milk behind. One day, the milkman grew ill. On his death bed, he told his daughter to continue this tradition as their way of
serving the Lord. And so she did.
When the flood began, the boats stopped, but still the milk arrived. On one of her visits, the milkmaid sought the monk’s advice for a dilemma: the flood made it impossible to deliver the milk, yet she wanted to keep her promise to her father. The monk told her to believe in the Lord and everything would be fine.
Over time, the flood worsened and the monk had to leave, so he asked to leave with the milkmaid. She agreed, and to his surprise, she began to walk on the water. “How do you do that?” he cried out. She replied, “You taught me to just believe and walk.”
Shocked, the monk lifted his dhoti and tried the same but sank in to the water. “Why am I sinking?” he demanded. The milkmaid answered, “You said His name, but you also lifted your dhoti so you wouldn’t get wet.”
When the milkmaid believed completely, she did something incredible. People do incredible things every day. I am where I am today because of belief. Many a time, I was won over by the belief of the person before me. How is this person so interested, so convincing, so powerful? Their passion comes from belief.
When you climb a mountain, the mountain is just incidental. What you have conquered is your greatest obstacle: you with your fears and weaknesses. Will the journey be long? Probably. Will the challenges be great? Absolutely. But is it worth it? Without a doubt.
There is no shortcut to financial freedom. To be truly successful, we have to work very hard. Anything you have achieved in life that is worthwhile, you earned by working incredibly hard. What you struggle and sacrifice to get, you fight to keep.
When you work hard at something every day, you get better at it. The better you become, the easier it gets. But it stops being work altogether when you learn to love what you do. When you learn to make your team the best they can be, and take pride in that, you grow as well.
And that is the true power of belief.
If you missed the talk about “belief” at V-Malaysia 2011, you can view the videos here.