People who know where they are going are nearly unstoppable. Guys like Ray Kroc (McDonald's), Bill Gates (Microsoft), John Johnson (Ebony magazine), Kemmons Wilson (Holiday Inn), Charles Culpepper (Coca-Cola), or Sam Walton (Wal-Mart)—all had a singular vision and the drive to make it happen. They were like a bullet: focused on their target and moving ahead fast.
Madam C. J. Walker is listed in Guinness Book of World Records (London: Guinness World Records, 2003) as the first self-made woman millionaire in America—and she was black. She didn't take excuses from anybody, especially herself:
I am a woman who came from the cotton fields of the South. From there I was promoted to the washtub. From there I was promoted to the cook kitchen. And from there I promoted myself into the business of manufacturing hair goods and preparations.... I have built my own factory on my own ground.
You can find examples of success all around you. Regardless of your interests or the career you want to pursue, you can find people who have succeeded. And if they're still alive, you can probably get in to see them and talk with them, and maybe even find a mentor or two.
People who have this kind of single mindedness are bound to achieve their goals. Unfortunately, a lot of young people I talk to, people in their teens and twenties like me, seem to have no direction at all. They say, "I don't know what to do with my life."
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