When I listen to Chris Gardner and his unshakable faith to follow his dream to become a stockbroker, I said to myself, “can I do that.”
The man slept in a subway station toilet with his toddler son. Enrolled in a low-paid trainee scheme at a stock brokerage company, didn’t have enough money to raise the deposit to rent an apartment, bed down in parks, at church shelter, or under his desk at work after everyone else had gone home. Through painstaking sacrifice, Chris endure all of that struggle to pursue his dream of becoming a stockbroker. Despite this adversity, Mr. Gardner thrived in his job. A natural at selling stocks and shares, at the end of his training period, his firm Dean Witter Reynolds (DWR) made him a full employee, and he eventually became a multimillionaire.
To be persistence in the face of immense challenges requires a real relationship with faith: not a one night stand but a deep commitment and enormous sacrifice. What are you willing to give up for your dream. Have you ever heard Chris Gardner’s speech, if not, you should Google it or watch the movie, The Pursuit of happyness. When you have that type of belief, and you are prepared to go against popular opinion, and you believe in something so much, you can feel it, without touching it, you have now entered in the world of faith.
I am not going to kid you; sometimes the journey is hard, sometimes you will doubt yourself and even if what you are working on doesn’t work out, that’s OK, try something else. According to T.D. Jakes
If you are not sure about your life purpose, try something, even if the thing you are trying is not the thing, that’s all right because that thing you are trying will lead you to the thing you are supposed to be doing.
When you feel stuck, and everything you are trying is not bearing any fruit, dig deep, bring forth your faith, and never give up. I can recall listening to a presentation from Les Brown on running towards your dream, and Les said he was sleeping and bathing in his office because he fell on some difficult times. He said, “I was sitting on the floor in the office watching out the window asking myself, can I do this.” It was hard, but he held on and made it at the end. It can be the same for you as well, start trusting yourself and it will all work out in the end.
About Gifford Thomas
I am the founder of Leadership First and the author of The Inspirational Leader, Inspire Your Team To Believe In The Impossible. At Leadership First, we are committed to publishing the very best inspirational leadership quotes and articles to inspire our 123,000+ community of leaders to believe in the impossible, while creating an environment free from toxic, fearful and intimidating leadership. We believe everyone can and should enjoy their work, but it must start with the leadership leading by example. Follow our community of leaders HERE, and let's change the leadership status quo to help inspire and motivate our leaders to make a difference and create an organization their people will love.
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