When there are no heroes in your life to support you, you have to be the hero of your own story. How do you create the life you want? Start by studying success. Success always leaves clues. You can figure out what successful people did before you and model these strategies to achieve your own goals.
Be the hero of your own story: The extraordinary life of Sir Marco Robinson
Draw inspiration from Sir Marco Robinson, an entrepreneur and filmmaker. He has more than 100 films in development and 28 in distribution. His film “Legacy of Lies” debuted at #2 on Netflix USA. Marco got knighted for getting guide dogs into Malaysia and allowing them into public places, which transformed the lives of blind people in the country. He is also the author of the bestselling books Close the Deal, Suddenly Grow Rich, and The Financial Freedom Guarantee.
Sir Marco Robinson was 2 years old when his mom left his dad because he was a gambling addict. By the time he turned 16, he had gone through homelessness and been bullied and physically abused by his violent stepfather. However, he managed to not only survive through all that adversity but also to thrive. How did he do it?
Create the life you want: 3 steps to becoming the hero of your own story
Here we discuss 3 key aspects of creating the life you want:
- Take radical responsibility for your life
When you look back at your life, you’ll see that as you were growing up, you developed unique skills in some areas. In Marco’s case, he had developed a rich imagination because that was the only way he could escape from the harsh realities. He had no mentors, so his mentors were books and his imagination. He quickly identified the one thing that all successful people have in common: they take radical responsibility for their lives.
Start with the small step of taking responsibility for the present day, and make it a habit. Own the day; own your life.
- Find a mentor to guide you
If you want to become an entrepreneur, you have to go out there and claim your success. You need to find mentors who will guide you along the way, and you need to know how to apply your strengths. Once your self-talk shifts from “Why am I such a loser?” to “How can I be successful?”, everything changes. Unlock your unique potential. As your psychology changes, your physiology does too.
- Learn to overcome internal challenges
As soon as you start experiencing success, you might start to see signs of jealousy and hatred, even from those who are close to you. Marco experienced a hate campaign against him shortly after publishing his first book. Here’s the thing about hate: People hate you because you come from the same place they do, but they haven’t moved on while you have. They think they deserve the same success because they come from the same place as you but haven’t done the work.
That is why the biggest challenge when you want to grow is always an internal one. But if there’s no challenge, there’s nothing to motivate you to improve and grow. We must often overcome resistance in order to become our best selves.
Takeaway: Create the life you want
As Thomas Edison once said, “If we did all the things we are capable of, we would literally astound ourselves.” We are all conditioned to be part of a broken system, be it the political, health, or retirement system. But the moment we start taking radical responsibility for our lives, life becomes what it truly is: wonderful and abundant.
- If you want to become an entrepreneur, you have to go out there and claim whatever you want to achieve.
- As you were growing up, you got really skilled at certain things. Figure out what these things are and how you can apply them to achieve your goals.
- We have to take radical responsibility for our own lives. You need to own the day to own your life.
- Often, we have to overcome challenges to become the best versions of ourselves we can be.