During the past month I’ve been reading the book “The Personal MBA” by Josh Kaufman, it’s been really useful to learn basic concepts about finance, statistics, management, psychology and even personal growth. It has been a kickstart to remind me we don’t really need a formal education to succeed, you need the combination of passion, love about what you do, skills and experiment to run a business and your life.
Besides all the excellent knowledge the book has given to me (and I would highly recommend you read as well), I would like to write part of the lines the author gets from B.C. Forbes, the founder of Forbes magazine.
Forbes wrote an essay in 1917 called “Keys to Success” and Josh mentions it’s a great reminder of what business and life are all about (I agree with him and I couldn’t name this post in a different way that the great essay):
Your success depends on you.
Your happiness depends on you.
You have to steer your own course.
You have to shape your own fortune.
You have to educate yourself.
You have to do your own thinking.
You have to live with your own conscience.
Your mind is yours and can be used only by you.
You come into this world alone.
You go to the grave alone.
You are alone with your inner thoughts during the journey between.
You make your own decisions.
You must abide by the consequences of your acts…
You alone can regulate your habits and make or unmake your health.
You alone can assimilate things mental and things material…
You have to do your own assimilation all through life.
You can be taught by a teacher, but you have to imbibe the knowledge. He cannot transfuse it into your brain.
You alone can control your mind cells and your brain cells.
You may have spread before you the wisdom of the ages, but unless you assimilate it you derive no benefit from it; no one can force it into your cranium.
You alone can move your own legs.
You alone can move your own arms.
You alone can utilize your own hands.
You alone can control your own muscles.
You must stand on your feet, physically and metaphorically.
You must take your own steps.
Your parents cannot enter into your skin, take control of your mental and physical machinery, and make something of you.
You cannot fight your son’s battles; that he must do for himself.
You have to be captain of your own destiny.
You have to see through your own eyes.
You have to use your own ears.
You have to master your own faculties.
You have to solve your own problems.
You have to form your own ideals.
You have to create your own ideas.
You must choose your own speech.
You must govern your own tongue.
Your real life is your thoughts.
Your thoughts are your own making.
Your character is your own handiwork.
You alone can select the materials that go into it.
You are the creator of your own personality.
You can be disgraced by no man’s hand but your own.
You can be elevated and sustained by no man but yourself.
You have to write your own record.
You have to build your own monument, or dig your own pit.
Too many stuffs to do. no? 😀 Well, let’s start. It should really inspires you to start, follow your passion and get where you want to. Let me know any comments or suggestions in the comments below or through @rmmonagas.