How do people become successful? It’s all about YOUR mindset.
Think you can and you will. Think you can’t and you won’t.
I have 3 (S)HEros who I admire and all have a success-oriented mindset.
Let’s start with Oprah Winfrey.
She is the first African-American billionaire, a media giant and a philanthropist. Oprah Winfrey is best known for hosting her own internationally popular talk show, “Oprah” for 25 years. She left the show to launch her own TV network, OWN.
She is a TV host, actress, producer, philanthropist and entrepreneur. She had a tough early life suffering from sexual abuse as a teenager. She was able to overcome that situation and entered Tennessee State University. After college, she began working in radio and television broadcasting in Nashville.
She launched many authors with her Oprah's Book Club and created the O Magazine. She created the Oprah's Angel Network which has raised more than $50 million for charitable programs, her favorite being girls' education in South Africa.
People love Oprah Winfrey's open, warm-hearted personal style. She is an amazing success. Her intuitive, goal-focused and hard-working mindset has created her incredible success.
Now, I know Mother Teresa has her critics and I did not agree with all that she believed in. Yet, she was an extraordinary woman. She had an astounding mindset.
During her lifetime Mother Teresa became famous for dedicating her life to caring for the poor and dying in the slums of Calcutta, present day Kolkatta. In 1979, she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her care of the poor. She donated all of her Nobel Peace Prize winnings to the destitute. After her death, she was canonized as Saint Teresa. Becoming a Saint, winning the Nobel Peace Prize is pretty successful.
Mother Teresa was the founder and leader of the Order of the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic congregation of women dedicated to helping the poor. The Missionaries of Charity is one of the world’s largest and most successful organizations. Since being founded in 1948 by Mother Teresa, her organization has raised millions of dollars. It has over a million volunteers in more than 100 countries. The Missionaries of Charity is still one of the most recognized brands in the world.
She was an incredibly successful business woman. There is a great business book Mother Teresa CEO written by Ruma Rose and Lou Faust. In the book, are the 8 “Teresa principles” which I love:
“dream it simple, say it strong”
“to get to the angels, deal with the devil; wait, then pick your moment”
“embrace the power of doubt”
“discover the joy of discipline”
“communicate in a language people understand”
“pay attention to the janitor”
“use the power of silence.”
These are all monumental mindset traits.
Eleanor Roosevelt changed the role of the First Lady through her active participation in American politics and her involvement in the U.N.'s Human Rights Commission. She was the first, First Lady to be so active outside her uxorial role.
As the wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, she had a world stage and she used it to become one of the most successful First Ladies in history.
She advocated for human and women's rights, held press conferences and wrote her own newspaper column. Eleanor focused mostly on helping the country's impoverished. She stood against racial discrimination. She traveled abroad during World War II, to visit U.S. troops. She was vocal, visible and valuable in changing the world in the turbulent time of WW II.
Let me share some Eleanor Roosevelt quotes that give clues to HER mindset.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.”
“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
“You must do the things you think you cannot do.”
“Do one thing every day that scares you.”
“Women are like teabags. You don’t know how strong they are until you put them in hot water.”
“Do what you feel in your heart to be right – for you'll be criticized anyway. You'll be damned if you do, and damned if you don't.”
“It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.”
Notice the traits each of these remarkable women have. The three traits I notice the most are:
- Believe in your dreams and believe in yourself.
- Don’t let Fear stop you.
- Embrace your strength and speak up.
Change your mindset, strengthen these traits and you will be successful in all that you do.
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