They chose to believe it.
Do you know what William S. Harley and Arthur Davidson, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, or Ruth and Eliott Handler have in common?
Most of these names will probably ring a bell, and for good reason. Respectively creators of Harley Davidson, Apple, and Mattel, these three duos have all founded huge companies. But their stories have something else similar: they all started in a garage.
How did they come to the end of their dreams, and what is the secret of so much success? Follow me for a bit of history ...
Start from nothing ... to reach the top
In 1901, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a certain William S. Harley decided to draw plans for a light engine in order to adapt it to his bicycle. Two years later, he and his friend Arthur Davidson, in their twenties, made a first motorcycle in their small workshop: the garage that a friend had made available to them. The “Silent Gray”, their first production model, was born. It was in 1906 that they officially opened the first workshop of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company.
From winning races to innovations, the company is progressing year after year and gaining notoriety. Today, Harley-Davidson is the world's largest heavy-duty manufacturer.
For Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, the adventure also began in a garage: that of Jobs' parents. It was there that in 1976, they made 50 computers themselves for a local retailer, when they were only 21 and 26 years old. This is only the beginning of success for the two accomplices who are today at the head of one of the largest global technology companies.
As for Ruth and Elliot Handler, it was in 1945 that they decided to open a small business in their garage. The couple started out making decorations and accessories for dolls. With the help of Matt Matson, they founded the company which will market in 1959 the first Barbie doll: Mattel. To date, over a billion dolls have been sold and the group has branched out enough to become the largest toy maker in the world.
But… What does that have to do with me?
You probably tell yourself that you are not affected by all these success stories. That you are not those people, who have reached the top and are at the head of astronomical fortunes. It’s true, you’re out of place.
Yet their stories are for me one incouragement, and I would like them to be so for you too.
We often feel that we lack the resources, the skills, or even the talent for what we would like to accomplish. And these gaps tend to stop us: “I am not at all known, I will never be able to live on my passion”; or “I don't have the talent to progress in this job”.
All this negativity invades us, and prevents us from even trying to pursue our dreams. However, these three stories are proof that from next to nothing we can achieve our goals and even go far beyond. Complete strangers in the back of a small garage in their town used what they had on hand, and their few skills, to create something. They believed in their dream and in what they could do, and had the audacity to offer their creations to the world, so that their talent could be showcased. We can say that it is successful!
Your talents, however tiny; your resources, however small, can do something. Your abilities and possibilities are waiting for only one thing to reveal themselves: willpower. The will to put aside negative thoughts, and the desire to make a choice, to believe in them at all costs. It is this strength, this positive energy that will give you the strength to pass over the walls that will rise up in front of you, to finally harness the best of what you can offer the world.
Jobs and Wozniak, the Handlers or even Harley & Davidson seem to be exceptions, but their success is not due to chance. They made a decision: to believe in their dreams, and to embark on their adventure body and soul, despite the obstacles.
They chose to believe it. And you ?