I was thinking along these lines already when a friend sent me the video below, about two twelve year old kids and their heavy metal band – talented kids and all that but what struck me was their itinerary, their road map of success, in which they envision themselves touring the world and being rich and famous. Meanwhile, their enemies – bullies and doubters – suffer.
Success comes first. The greatest predictor of winning in the future is winning in the past. We all know this intuitively. It’s “The Power of Positive Thinking”. It’s “The Secret”, the “Bling Ring“. It’s “Dress for Success”. If you build it they will come. Dreams do come true. Believe! That’s all you need to do.
Of course, failure is not only an option, it’s the vast majority of cases, but failure is also addictive. Most teams do not win the championship. There can be only one. (This week I find myself “rooting” for the Boston Bruins in the Stanley Cup Finals, though I don’t particularly like them and have nothing against the Chicago Blackhawks. I find it impossible to watch and not pick sides). But if you don’t act like you’ve already won, you don’t even have a chance.
You see this all the time. When you dress up to go out on a Saturday night, when you drive that car that’s you, when you put your best foot forward, when you polish up your resume, when you go step into the world like you’re stepping on stage. Everyone’s there to acclaim you. You know you have to put on that act. Success comes first, before there can be any success.
(in a theme common to this blog recently, but hopefully not for long, you see this in the self-publishing world as well, where indie authors must have a cover that forebodes success, and they must set their book at the successful price – hey, it’s $3.99 now, did you hear? – and they must do this that and the other thing the same way that successful people have done because after all, it’s all about success and success comes first).
Who doesn’t know that Superman is going to win in the end, or Iron Man, or, for that matter, every single popular fictional character ever? We already know, before it even begins, before it even exists, before we have it we want it and we know exactly what we want. That dream. That vision.
And over and over again.
There is no end.
Success comes first.