Lifestyle, Personal

One Ingredient to Success

When I matured, I realized that being successful means different things to different people. Everyone doesn’t want a family or a mansion or even a boatload of money. I’ve met people who are content travelling the world and working minimally just to survive.

Once you decide what success looks like for your life, people will offer you all kinds of advice. Take seminars, pray, go to college, invest in the stock market – any of this sounding familiar to you? Oh, and don’t you just love it when someone who has never prospered at anything tries to tell you what to do? Yeah, me too.

Seminars are good. So is college and making smart investments. I’ve done all three of these. And they’re valuable steps to getting ahead in life. But there’s something more instrumental that the sum of these things. There’s one thing to do above all.

Honey, you have to believe in yourself. That’s it. Nothing deep or out of this world – it’s a simple ingredient. I remember a time when no one knew how much I loved to write. Crazy right?! But it was my own fault. I doubted myself so much. Would people enjoy my work? Did I really bring value to the literary world? I let fear hold me back for too long. Here’s why you shouldn’t doubt yourself.

You’re unique. No question about it. No one in this world is like you! You bring your own set of valuable skills and talent to whatever you decide to do.

You have one life to live. This is not a dress rehearsal. We have one time to live life on our own terms and then we die. Why wouldn’t you want to follow your passions?

You’re an inspiration. Think of every “successful” person you know. It could be a celebrity or just an everyday person. I bet that person has an awesome story of triumph and overcoming. They were homeless, lost a job, left their hometown with a dollar and a dream or something along those lines. Those people went on to lead inspiring lives through their passions. And you can do the same!

You’ll die if you don’t. Maybe not a physical death, but on the inside. If you don’t believe in yourself you won’t do much in life. And it’ll kill your spirit. You’ll fall victim to comparing your life to someone else’s and resenting their success. This doesn’t have to be! Just believe!

That should be all the convincing you need my dear. I spent years and years not believing that my talents needed to be shared with the world. Don’t be like me, please! I promise, you are valuable. You are awesome. You are AMAZING! Go get em, tiger!

What’s the main reason that you’ve doubted yourself in the past?

Until next time…


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  • Connie Bueher

    Amazing inspirational post! I totally agree with everything you said. I’ve seen so many people give up on their dreams because they didn’t think they’d go anywhere… I’m glad to say I’m not one of them!

    • Candace McGee

      I’m glad you can say that too! Thankfully I snapped out of it before it was too late.

  • Cass

    Well said, Candace. I’ve been struggling with my notion of success, mostly because of how implausible it seems. And that’s because I have trouble doing exactly what you’re saying to do. Thank you for putting it into words in a way that suddenly makes believing in myself seem attainable.

    • Candace McGee

      Hey Cass! I hope that you woke up feeling empowered and ready to take on the world today! You got this girl!

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