“People who are successful know themselves, and that means knowing what their talents are, knowing their ambition and their capacity for work,” says Quinlan.
Fear of failure? Big thinkers know nothing about it. Stubbornness? Big thinkers know a lot about that.
“You’re going to stumble; you’re going to run out of money; people are going to try to talk you out of what you want to do,” says Quinlan.
“And you have to be willing to push through.”
Tell the world
“Write down your goals, then say them out loud to yourself and to anyone else who’ll listen. That makes it harder to back out,” says Quinlan.
“Making it public also increases the chances that you’ll find other people who can help you make your big idea a big reality.”
Prepare to be uncomfortable
“High achievers think they can do anything. No matter what task you put in front of them, the response is, “How hard can this be?”
They assume they can climb Everest when they’ve never even gone on a hike.
“I don’t think I ever thought twice about failing,” says Quinlan.
Nevertheless, she adds, “you have to be humble enough to know what kind of help you need, to get where you want to go.
“When I joined a writers group, I had already run an ad agency, but here I was, sitting around a table with people who had successfully published books. It was like being in first grade again.”