Reasonable Discomfort

Updated: Jul 24, 2019

After writing this weekly column which appears in hundreds of publications around the world for more than 20 years, the question I am most often asked about Winners' Wisdom is, "Where do you get ideas for all the columns?"  I have written over 1,000 columns which, to date, have filled four hardcover volumes published in conjunction with The Napoleon Hill Foundation entitled Wisdom for Winners.  Readers of these columns would be surprised to learn that many of the ideas come from readers of these columns.  People often contact me, as I hope you will do using the information below to ask questions or make comments.  


Recently, I received an email from a gentleman describing how he and his wife were experiencing "reasonable discomfort" as they build their business and strive for success.  Although I've never heard it put in those terms, virtually all successful people would recognize the concept of "reasonable discomfort" as they have, invariably, lived with it for a period of time while they were creating success.  

My late, great friend and colleague Zig Ziglar often said, "We don't pay the price for success.  We enjoy it.  But we pay the price for failure."  


As I look back into my past from my current position of relative wealth and success, I remember times when my wife and I slept on the floor in the office because we couldn't afford an apartment and drove a decrepit automobile known as "the green dog" which has become world famous after being memorialized in several of my books.  These struggles from the past-which at the time seemed daunting-are now actually humorous and provide context for enjoying success.

Success is often a function of being willing to do what other people are not willing to do, or in some cases, being willing to do without what other people won't do without in order to build success.  

My friend and colleague Dave Ramsey is undoubtedly responsible for helping to get more people out of debt than anyone throughout history.  Dave often says, "You've got to be willing to live like no one else so someday you can live like no one else."

All of us live with a certain amount of deprivation as there are always things we would like to have, but if we're sacrificing for our own success instead of experiencing a degree of failure, "reasonable discomfort" becomes the price we are paying for success not the result of our failure.

As you go through your day today, consider what you can sacrifice for your future success.

Today's the day!

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