Success is a Lonely Business


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One of the lessons I’ve learned from studying self-made millionaires is that dreamers are almost always on their own in the beginning phases of pursuing a dream.

It’s very hard, initially, to find individuals who buy into your dream and are willing to grit it out.

Pursuing a dream is all risk. There is no guaranteed payoff and the effort requires an enormous investment in time, very often money and most definitely emotions.

Finding individuals who buy into your dream is difficult because, until you experience success, very few are able to stomach the risk and uncertainty pursuing a dream requires.

It is truly a rare breed of individual who will join you and stick with you during the journey to success. You’ve no doubt read about some of these rare breeds in books:

  • Paul Allen (Bill Gates partner)
  • Steve Wozniak (Steve Jobs partner)
  • Charlie Munger (Warren Buffet’s partner)
  • Jamie Dimon (Sandy Weill’s partner) and
  • Todd Wagner (Mark Cuban’s partner)

These mostly silent partners never quit on their famous billionaire-dreamer partners and they were handsomely rewarded for their loyal devotion.

Don’t lose faith when people quit on you. Keep working hard every day, pursuing your dream, even if you have to go it alone.

Dreamers change the world. And when you experience success, loneliness will forever be in your rear-view mirror.

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Thomas C. Corley About Thomas C. Corley

Tom Corley is a bestselling author, speaker, and media contributor for Business Insider, CNBC and a few other national media outlets.

His Rich Habits research has been read, viewed or heard by over 50 million people in 25 countries around the world.

Besides being an author, Tom is also a CPA, CFP, holds a master’s degree in taxation and is President of Cerefice and Company, a CPA firm in New Jersey.
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  1. Steve Wozniak, who was much of the technical brains behind Apple, was handsomely rewarded financially, but spent decades as Steve Jobs emotional punching bag and was never given the recognition outside of the technical community for what he brought to the table. I know little of the other’s stories, but do not that highly driven people often do not care who they run over in the process.

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