Three Ideas From Someone Determined to Succeed

abigailI have a friend named Abigail, who is a great example of someone who is determined to succeed. She regularly inspires me with her creativity. Most recently she started her own blog. While that is cool on its own, what makes it better is that she is going into 9th grade!

Though she just started, her blog is starting to fill up with creative ideas and how to projects for people to try on their own. She includes step by step instructions and nice photos as well.  It won’t be long before she begins to be discovered by people looking for what she is providing.

So here are three ideas from someone determined to succeed:

·         Don’t be afraid to try something new. – Abigail has been raised by her folks to try new things. That training has been preparing her for this latest venture. She has not been a stranger to attempting pretty cool stuff. For example, she created a CD of harp music a few years ago and sold it to raise money for a local charity. She is the only grade school student that I know who has done something like that. When you try something new, you gain strength and momentum. Action builds confidence.

·         You don’t have to know everything before you start. – I know for a fact that Abigail didn’t have any training before she started her blog. She just read everything she could, asked for advice and started. It is a great new outlet for her creativity, and from this platform, she could go anywhere! Don’t let uncertainty keep you from moving forward, and don’t get bogged down in learning. It is easy to read another book, take another course, get some additional advice, but never take action. Just get started! Ready!…..Fire!…..Aim!  (almost)  If a blog is something that you would like to try, here is a great resource.

·         Don’t let setbacks discourage you, at least not for long. – Last year, I had a booth at our local farmer’s market near Abigail. She was selling her awesome creations, but few people were buying.  I know this wasn’t very exciting for her, but she came week after week. This year she may not have a booth at the market at all, but she hasn’t given up on her dream.  She is just taking it in a different direction. This new idea is allowing her to be creative and gain exposure for what she does, and it will become a permanent platform to reach a much larger audience. When you are attempting to create a business on your own, discouragement and setbacks are inevitable. It’s normal. Have someone to talk to that is an idea person. Someone to encourage you and motivate you to continue. We all need that person. Then, begin again in a new way.

So, are you determined to succeed? I hope these ideas will encourage you to dust yourself off and keep going. Are you waiting to start? Are you stuck in learning mode? Sometimes the best way to begin is to just start. Do you need a new direction? Perhaps you have a great idea and it needs to be implemented in a new way, or a new place. Get prepared and go. You will be glad you did!

About The Author

Duane Rockensock

Duane (Rocky) Rockensock is a husband, a dad, and the National Reconditioning Manager for AmeriGas Propane. Since he was a teenager, Duane has loved hearing the stories of how people have started creative businesses or found ways to use their talents to accomplish amazing things. For that reason he started this blog to encourage teens and adults to find their purpose and to provide the tools and resources to make that happen!

  • Rocky,

    This really hit home for me, especially not being expert at something before you start. For the longest time – and still! – I’m afraid of ridicule if I don’t appear to be the smartest guy in the room.

    How has this affected my behavior? I just don’t participate. I keep my mouth shut and stay out of uncomfortable situations. Heaven forbid someone should discover that I am not Solomon.

    If I just remain mysterious I have no doubt everyone thinks I’m a genius! Crazy right!

    I’m still working on getting past it. After all, we are all a work in progress.

    Thanks for sharing your insights, it is very much appreciated.


  • Darrell, I know the feeling! I was recently heard the quote “If you are not in over your head, you are not working hard enough”. We must be working hard, Darrell! Keep it up!

  • To many times we let not knowing EVERYTHING stop us from moving forward. The truth is no one who has been a success knew everything before they started working on their idea. They learned as they progressed. It’s a good thing too, or we wouldn’t have many of the things we use and now take for granted today.

  • You are right, Susan! It takes courage to try when we don’t know much. That’s why it’s so cool to see people doing it. Action builds confidence as well as knowledge. Thanks for your support!