Determination eats passion for lunch…
That’s what I’ve learned this week reading a Pink Floyd biography, listening to dozens of podcasts, and reading countless articles (it’s been a productive learning week for sure!)
You know what these determined, successful folks all had in common?
A champion or cheerleader in their corner pushing them forward.
Lisa Price founded Carol’s Daughter – a homemade beauty products line later sold to L’Oréal for $$$ – and had her mom, Carol, in her corner. Whenever Lisa felt down, she’d call mom and they’d talk things through. Mom was her biggest cheerleader and gave Lisa the fuel she needed to persist.
Tony Hawk, the greatest skateboarder ever, had his dad rooting for him. For years, his dad drove his son all over southern California to skate parks and events. Without his father’s support, Tony may have drifted off in other directions, but thanks to pops, he was able to continue his professional skateboarding dream and become THE face of the industry.
I could go on…
BUT what’s also interesting are those who championed themselves. They were their own cheerleaders because few believe in their dreams.
Brian Scudamore started 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and never finished college (or high school for that matter). He was one year away from graduating and decided to go all-in on the junk hauling business. He told his dad – a liver transplant surgeon – who advised him NOT to pursue his dream.
Brian turned used that as the catalyst for his success. Defy the objectors!
Aporva Metha founded Instacart, now a company valued at $4.3bn. Billion!
Instacart is the app that will do your grocery shopping for you.
He proved the model in a small market and then knew he needed to raise money. He needed funding from people who believed in him. He figured that getting into the Y-Combinator competition was the best way to meet quality investors, and get the IP support he needed.
Except, he missed the application deadline. He called up and they said “too late!”. Instead of being okay with that, he used his app and sent beer to the Y-Combinator folks. They drank the beer, thought it was a great idea, and let him in the incubator.
Apporva was his own champion. He believed in his company more than anyone else and KNEW it would succeed if he got a break.
Rideshare company Lyft’s founder John Zimmer dressed in a frog costume to hand out flyers at colleges all over the count marketing his idea.
Be honest, would you rent a costume and stand in the street promoting your company? That’s determination right there.
Listen, some folks have other people supporting their dreams. Others don’t. There’s no right or wrong way.
The only thing required is that SOMEONE is a stubborn, hard-headed, gritty cheerleader for the dream.