Sometimes we can’t see unconventional success. We get pulled in by the buzz of stories about The Top 10 Strategies for Leaders, The 10 Best Entrepreneur Traits—thinking these strategies and traits are what will make the difference between success and failure.
Here are three examples of unconventional success. You can be sure, the resources to pull off this success didn’t come from top 10 lists. Read on.
- Walk-on quarterback Baker Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy. He wasn’t a scholarship student or a popular high-school quarterback. Mayfield got in but it wasn’t through the front door.
- California is booming. Under 79 year old Governor Jerry Brown, it has grown from the 9th largest economy in the world to the 6th with a budget surplus of more than $7 billion.
When Brown came to office. California faced $50 billion in debt and deficits. He cut the budget and raised taxes (hugely unconventional) and the economy roared back.
Brown says California has its problems. But it is the engine of America creating a well-being contribution for the whole country.
- Marketing expert and self-made millionaire Ali Brown hit rock bottom and stayed there stuck, until she finally realized her purpose…..and where her strength really lied.
So, if you’re a career professional, a newly minted college graduate, a business owner, or someone who just wants to make a difference and not sure of what’s on the horizon, take heart.
When you hit the books and look to others as examples of what you want to do, remember, the real strength and power—the resources to make it happen come from the inside. So follow these examples and make some of your own unconventional examples. Take one small step each day and build your strength.
You cannot lose. The inner strength you amass, the skill you develop and the wisdom you gain will take you to new unconventional heights.
Do what others won’t do and live the kind of life others can’t.
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