This is one of those sayings that really has a deeper meaning that is worth meditating about so as to get the benefit of the wisdom therein. Bottom line is it means that we don’t always reach our target goal on the first or even second attempt; but that if we are really determined to succeed, we get back up on the horse each time we are thrown until we do.
Many times, because of human nature, we tend to set our goals too high or expect magic because we are not thinking logically when we are excited about something. Surely the Internet marketing world is ripe with statements that infer promises that can lead to unrealistic expectations if we are not logical.
When we read that someone is making big money with little effort, we somehow skip the part where they tell us how many years they struggled to get to that place. Yes it is possible to make big money on the Internet. Yes it is preferable to work for one’s self rather than for someone else. Yes it is POSSIBLE that we can do both. What is not possible is wealth without work, unless we win the lottery or inherit money. Sorry, but that is the facts of life.
We learn from our mistakes and maybe we need some time to lick our wounds after we have had a failure. But the important thing is to keep trying – try and try again until you get it right. Analyze what you did and what you think your mistakes were or what you could have done differently to possibly have a different outcome. Then just start over. Each time you do this you will be starting from a position of more knowledge and more power. You will build momentum, gain confidence and you WILL make it some day.
For most people they will need to work very hard to earn a living in today’s economy, and that will just keep their ‘head above water’ – they will be able to survive, although just ‘living from paycheck to paycheck’, which infers never getting ahead but just keeping afloat. In the current economic environment we are pretty much trapped into taking whatever job we can get and being fortunate to have it, doing the best we can. After all, an underpaid job with no possibility of promotion is better than no job at all.
So are we just beaten down with no options? No, actually we can take control of our own destiny if we are willing to work a little harder. In reality no matter how hard you work the position you have is never going to expand and you may never be able to get a better position in that company because there just isn’t any opportunity. Bottom line is no matter how nice a company is they have tasks that need to be done and they are there to see that the company runs, not to make life better for their employees.
So think in terms of doing something for yourself, apart from your ‘day job’. Use the opportunity there to survive as well as you can while you build something on your own. You might have to make some further sacrifices in order to do this but it will be worth it. It may take some time too, so in the meantime, always be looking for a better job – funny how that works, but if you already have a job they say it is easier to find another one.