How Wildly Successful People Achieve Against The Odds

Published: April 16, 2010
By: Faye Hollands

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to bounce back time and time again even though the challenges they face would stop most people dead in their tracks? In a time when many are struggling there are two important words to keep at the forefront of your mind …

Enthusiasm & Resilience

When you look at the worlds wildly successful people there are two characteristics that run through all of them – enthusiasm and resilience.  Enthusiasm is a common denominator of success. Regardless of your path in life, enthusiasm is the edge that helps people succeed. It doesn’t matter whether you’re an employee, a parent, a business owner or a leader enthusiasm is the emotion that keeps you motivated and moves your forward in life. It also tells the people around you that you’re happy and confident, which draws others to you because of your positivity.

Resilience is the ability to pick yourself up again and keep on moving, even if the path ahead is tough or overwhelming. People who display resilience look at setbacks and failure as an opportunity to grow and develop, and they continue to keep moving forward in life because they’re determined to reach their goals despite the challenges they may experience along the way.

Here are a couple of examples of people who have displayed true enthusiasm for what they do, and resilience to keep going even when they’ve had to deal with some very challenging situations…

1. Walt Disney

His name is hugely recognised brand these days, but early on in his career Disney was a struggling filmmaker who went bankrupt in 1923 when he was cheated by a New York film distributor. Despite this early and painful setback Disney set his sights on Hollywood and after a series of successful animations, he created Mickey Mouse in 1928. The corporation he co-founded, now known as The Walt Disney Company, today has annual revenues of approximately U.S. $35 billion!

2. Henry Ford

In 1899 Ford started the Detroit Automobile Company but over the next 3 years proved that being a perfectionist isn’t a strength as he only produced 20 cars in that time. As a result his enterprise went bankrupt in 1901, but after a reorganisation he founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903. Ford is now a brand recognised worldwide but only because Henry displayed continued enthusiasm for his passion – cars, and resilience to keep going despite several setbacks. As he once said “Failure is only the opportunity to more intelligently begin again.”

3. Abraham Lincoln

Lincoln without a doubt exemplifies resilience and enthusiasm to succeed! As a young man in 1832 he started a business which went bankrupt, his business partner died which meant he lost his only assets (a horse and some surveying equipment), his mother then died, he took a job that he later lost, and he spent the next 17 years paying off his debts. After the death of his fiancé, a nervous breakdown that saw him in bed for six months, and the experience of losing eight elections he finally went on to be elected the President of the United States of America at 52.

So if you think times are tough right now take a moment to reconnect with what you’re passionate and enthusiastic about, and remember the setbacks you’ve overcome in the past. Recognising where you have already succeeded helps reinforce your sense of self-esteem and positivity, which in turn builds motivation and enthusiasm.

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Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email

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