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Guest post: the last lemming

December 22, 2011
Toronto, Canada

[Editor's note: Simon's close friend Craig Ballantyne, now editor of the Early to Rise publication, is filling in today while Simon storms the new farm in Chile.]

If you’re like Simon and I and you spend any time at all reading the daily news headlines, it undoubtedly feels like the world is inches away from going off a cliff.

There’s a lot of truth to this news… and it can literally put so much fear, anxiety, and apprehension into people that is paralyzes them from doing taking any steps to protecting themselves, let alone advancing their situation in life. You can’t let that happen.

Listen, even if the world is becoming unglued, there’s nothing you personally can do about global economic problems. Just like there’s nothing the last lemming at the end of the line can do about all the other lemmings in front of it.

However, that last lemming still has a choice. It can take action… because action is the only thing that can overcome anxiety and apprehension.

I recently had this ‘a-ha’ moment when penning my weekly internal newsletter to my team of amazing employees. I wrote to them:

“We’re always taking action. Moving ahead. Finishing a project, celebrating the success, and hitting up a newer, bigger project. That’s why we’re going to continue to prosper no matter how crazy the rest of the world gets around us. Because we keep on taking massive action.”

It’s important for them to hear it and to be reassured that if we keep on pushing, we’ll get what we earn. And in this case, the advice I gave was even more important for me to hear, and it this quote which I also shared with them is helpful too.

“Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” — Conrad Hilton

Don’t let apprehension or anxiety stop you from taking action. Some things might not work out in life, but if you keep taking action, past failures often end up contributing to future successes.

I struggled three times to launch one specific type of online business. The first time it just fizzled out.

The second time it failed miserably… and then voila, the 3rd time turned into a business that will bring in 7-figures in 12 months.  I wouldn’t have been able to do this if I hadn’t failed the first two times.

Overnight success is something that I’ll never promise anyone. However, action taken every day is a habit that I’ll guarantee will bring you success in time.

Action causes momentum… momentum breeds more action… and action combined with momentum ultimately lead to success.

“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.” – Henry Ford

It doesn’t matter if your goal is building wealth, internationalizing your assets, or simply creating a second income online with an Internet business, all components of life reward action.

[As editor of the daily e-letter Early to Rise, Craig is an eternal optimist and believes that everyone can still realize their own unique 'American Dream', wherever you are in the world.  Craig's advice about using the Internet to build income is without peer, and you can find out more about how he does it here.]

About the author: Simon Black is an international investor, entrepreneur, permanent traveler, free man, and founder of Sovereign Man. His free daily e-letter and crash course is about using the experiences from his life and travels to help you achieve more freedom.

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  • Contrarianism

    The world does indeed appear to be only inches from economic armageddon, so sticking our collective heads in the proverbial sand feels like a compelling option, but in this case the risk of our inaction in the face of the impending collapse is likely far
    greater than the risk of take some kind of action. Doing something (as you suggest) is
    a better than being immobilized and doing nothing. I believe it was Sir Winston Churchill
    that said, “If you are going through hell, keep going.”

    • steve ward

      been there done that it always appears to be the darkness before the light

  • molecool

    In case you care – lemmings actually do not throw themselves off a cliff. This was staged in a Disney movie and they killed hundreds of animals just for the cinematographic effect – another example of misinformation – it goes back decades.

  • McElchap

    Once upon a time, I took initiative to start my own newsmedia. Yes, three times I itried and failed. I failed not because of the merits of my efforts and principles, but due to political opposition from on high. By the last time I fell, in 1990, my assessment was that succeed, an entrepreneur needed a great lawyer on retainer, a million bucks in liquid assets to face threats from opponents, and good friends/family to watch your back in the place of business. But I’m toasted, having had my clock cleaned more than once. Now I survive on SSDI, and the way Obama is running things, I don’t hold any hope for anybody in a start-up situation.

  • Shoshana Rose

    Wonderful to read such encouraging words of wisdom. I’ll be sharing this all over the web! I especially appreciate what you said about success and action…brings to mind The Law of Cosmic Habit Force in Napoleon Hill’s philosophy of success.  Thank You, Craig!

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