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Stop being the underdog – my number 1 secret to success

I’m at home. I’m in the kitchen, writing, while a cat is about to jump on to the table. My parents are staring at me, talking and my son and his friend are playing the loudest game of Nintendo WII – ever. I’m focused on writing, finishing what I had in mind. To me, finishing the daily tasks is more important than ever, especially now that I’ve been travelling.

I’m a solopreneur. I started my business, without knowing anything about the future. I had no idea what to expect. I had no idea if I could make it on my own. And, I still don’t know for sure. But, what I do understand, is that in order to have success, I just need to have confidence, and believe that I have what it takes to be successful. I can’t doubt for a second that other people are better at what I do.

tiny plane

I have been on my first trip with the executives of Volvo Norway. They’ve hired me as a speaker. I’ve been to a trip far north in Norway, and I’ve been speaking to 50 executives. In a few weeks, I’ll be speaking to even more executives in Volvo, at a completely different location. I had never thought that this was possible when I first started my business.

It’s such a wonderful feeling to look back on my journey, and see how far I’ve come. I started out doubting that I could do anything similar to this. I started with no goal in mind. I’m proud. I’ve been working hard. But, no matter how hard I have been working, the most important part of my business, is having confidence, and believing that I can do it. I tell myself daily, that people will actually pay to listen to me speak. I tell myself daily that I am worth every dollar. I need to do this. If I don’t believe it myself, nobody else will.

airport svolvar

The best part of the trip was the fact that I didn’t die. Well. I am not sure why I am always thinking negative thoughts when I’m travelling by plane. But, I am really scared of flying, and I know that I should just be looking at the fantastic view, but instead, I was inside a tiny plane, listening to every sound, even the sounds that couldn’t be heard, and imagining every details that could go wrong.

I’m still alive. And, my number one secret to success is confidence, and believing that I can do whatever I want to do. I believe that we all need to have faith, and build a positive self image. We need to remove any doubt, and remove any fear we might have. We need to discover our passion, and keep going – forever. I am telling myself that I’m prepared for anything, every small step, and every huge project. It doesn’t matter what happens next. I’ll just keep going.

8 responses to “Stop being the underdog – my number 1 secret to success”

  1. Jeevan Jacob John says:

    Congrats Jens πŸ˜€

    I used to fear traveling my air, I got over the fear when I realized that more people die or get hurt through cars than through an airplane (but it is still hard – the feeling, the fear, especially when plane suddenly moves up or down to change the altitude).

    Congrats on your success, Jens. You are right, it is all part of the experience. And we must look back and cherish how far we have come (that itself is a good motivator for future projects). Just keep going. If one strategy doesn’t work, try another one. Keep trying, keep going, right? πŸ˜€

    Anyways, thank you for sharing your experience πŸ™‚

  2. Hi Jens,

    Congratulations for your great achievements πŸ™‚

    I guess this adds yet another feather in your cap and we are so happy for you. Just being able to do things you haven’t done earlier is a great achievement in itself I feel. Being called as a speaker and travelling by flight even when you don’t want to, just goes to show that you overcome your fears when you have that confidence in you, which eventually takes you towards success. And this only happens when YOU believe you can do it. πŸ™‚

    We wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Thanks for sharing your journey with us. Happy weekend as well πŸ™‚

    • Hi Harleena,

      Thank you so much. I have been working hard to make my clients happy, but I never thought that this would happen. I have never been comfortable speaking, but lately, because I have understood that I have to be confident, I have switched to a completely different mindset. I keep going forward no matter what’s happening πŸ™‚

  3. Levon says:

    this a difficult and rough journey to the top but like you said if you doubt yourself for 1 min. and think that someone better than you, you lose.

  4. Yusri Big says:

    Many of us assume that to achieve success, it’s necessary to get at least as much from other people as we contribute to them. If we’re too generous, others will take advantage of us, and we’ll end up running out of time and energy to work toward our own goals.

    • Exactly. I am still new to business, and to me, it seems that close to every single person in business are thinking about themselves and how they can achieve success. Well, it sure feels like it. I am not sure if it’s how it actually is πŸ™‚

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