I have been a little downcast of late, wondering how and why some people ‘make-it’ in life. Is it the stars, luck, God, good networking ability, likeability – what? what is it that causes some individuals, even generations of families to prosper, financially, relationally, even spiritually? What is the secret of success? Is it possible for someone who hasn’t had the greatest of starts to move from one realm to another? Is it really who you know as opposed to what you know, and then how do you manoeuver yourself in such a way as to connect with the right people?
These are the questions that I often ponder. I’m always in pursuit of that ‘magic’ ingredient, or the ‘secret’ to success. Like you, I have collected many books, read heaps of articles, spouted, repeated, positives statements, prayed, quoted bible scriptures, and posted quotes everywhere – but am I further on?
Some may say yes I am, considering where I’m coming from; no not abandoned by my parents or abused in any way – thank God – but I have had setbacks beyond that of the ‘average person’ and foundations, although loving, working class to the hilt!.
Don’t get me wrong….like so many people I just want something different from that which surrounds me. That doesn’t mean that I think I’m better than anybody ( as many seem to think you are if you want something different to your peers), no – I just want to experience more of what life has for me beyond exotic holidays, or a 3 bed semi in the suburbs.
As a christian, the easiest thing to say to myself is ‘hope thou in God’, for he is always what I need, everything that I need, everyday that I need it – but is that enough? Generations of christian have remained in poverty, generations of christians, died without fulfilling their dreams, generations of christians have failed, and failed again….The ‘heavenly’ brigade will be ‘oh so’ dismayed with my lament – I’m letting down the side – to err, to why, to how, is to doubt – but is it?
You may ask how is this inspirational? but I believe as we pursue , consider, ask, even lament the nature of ‘life’, we become inspired. In fact it’s through my lament that I came across this quote or rather formula, from a very successful business women, who in her time, had more ‘stacked’ against her, than I ever had or ever will:
“Tenacity and perseverance, faith in (oneself) and in God, quality products and “honest business dealings” are the elements and strategies, to ‘my’ rags-to-riches ascent. There is no royal flower-strewn path to success….if there is, I have not found it for if I have accomplished anything in life it is because I have been willing to work hard.” (emphasis mine)
Who is the women of whom I speak? Madam C.J Walker. Those that know your history will know who she is, but for those that don’t, Madam C.J Walker was one of the first self-made African – American businesswoman to succeed in the…. you guessed it…. hair-care industry. When I stumbled across this today, I was ever so gently encouraged, that someone like me, from humble beginnings, determined in her heart to make it through nothing more than hair care formulations – and she did.
So it seems then, that the ‘secret’ of success that I often consider, doesn’t lie in one single thing or a special ingredient, rather a combination of things all working together and towards ‘one’ common goal…like Madam C.J Walker said – “there is no royal flower-strewn path to success”…..It will never be a bed of roses….
For more information on Madam CJ Walker, click here.