It Can Be Done…

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When my friend was a child, no one expected him to go very far… He walked later than his peers. He talked later than his peers. His parents were told his learning disabilities and issues of ADHD were so severe he needed a small teacher student ratio and a specialized school.

Professionals told his parents he’d never graduate high school.

He did… with straight A’s.

Along the way, he was bullied, beaten up, made to feel like he didn’t fit in because he “wasn’t like every one else in school.”

But he was… He just learned and excelled a different way.

Professionals told his parents he’d never make it through his Bar Mitzvah.

He did… leaving the school speechless.

Professionals told his parents he’d never make it to college.

He did… graduating at the top of his class with a 3.8 GPA. He then received his Master’s degree with a 4.0 GPA.

When I speak with him about his struggles, he simply tells me, “I knew I could do anything. I never cared about what professionals thought. I knew my challenges. And there wasn’t a chance I would ever give in to them.”

He writes with me to this day. And he’s one of the most humble people you’ll ever meet. I won’t share his name. He’s a bit shy. But he’s come a long way.

Just why am I sharing this with you?

Entrepreneurs face tough odds and struggles, too. In fact, most times, the odds are stacked against us. We’re told we’ll never succeed because of market over-saturation, or that our ideas aren’t strong enough, or no one is interested.

It’s frustrating.

But the strong entrepreneurs are those that don’t give in to the odds and pressures of potential failure. We just push forward, like my friend.

Successful entrepreneurs find a way to get the job done, despite what others may say.

For example, as Entrepreneur.com reported recently, “Herb Kelleher cofounded Southwest Airlines on the crazy notion of using small regional airports and charging rock-bottom fares. Nobody thought he could pull it off. Today its market cap is bigger than United Continental and nearly as big as American and Delta.

Coffee shops had always been the bottom of the restaurant food chain, so Howard Schultz’s bosses at coffee roaster Starbucks balked at his idea for a chain of cafes serving espresso, as was the custom in Italy. So he took a flying leap, bought the brand and the rest is history.

I really don’t know how Fred Smith managed to convince investors to cough up $91 million (About $500 million in today’s dollars) to back his wild idea of an integrated ground-to-air system for express delivery of packages, but he did. Today, FedEx is actually a verb in some dictionaries.”

If you have a dream, a goal, a purpose, make it happen. There’s no reason not to try.

We live once. Make it mean something.