- Expect future obstacles and difficulties. E very venture presents risks, problems, and uncertainties. Let’s suppose you wanted to drive your car from Chicago to Los Angeles, but you insisted on waiting until you had absolute assurance that there would be no detours, no motor trouble, no bad weather, no drunken drivers, no risk of any kind. When would you start? Never! In planning your trip to Los Angeles it makes sense to map your route, check your car, in other ways to eliminate as much risk as possible you start. But you can’t eliminate all risks.
- Meet problems and obstacles as they arise. The test of a successful person is not the ability to eliminate all problems before he takes action, but rather the ability to find solutions to difficulties when he encounters them. In business, marriage, or in any activity, cross bridges when you come to them.
To be sure, there are some people who want you to lose, to experience misfortune, to be reprimanded. But these people can’t hurt you if you’ll remember four things:
- You win when you refuse to fight petty people. Fighting little people reduces you to their size. Stay big.
- Expect to be sniped at. It’s proof you’re growing.
- Remind yourself that snipers are psychologically sick. Be Big. Feel sorry for them.
- Think Big Enough to be immune to the attacks of petty people.