I recently came across an article that really encapsulated the philosophy I espouse on my blog, podcast, and online courses.
It is the story about a highly celebrated street hawker who made a historic entry into one of the most exclusive clubs in the world.
Mr. Chan, a street vendor from Malaysia has worked 100 hours a week for over 30 years selling chicken noodles and rice on the streets of Singapore.
He recently received a coveted Michelin star ( the equivalent of winning the world cup in the cooking world.) in recognition for his contribution to gastronomy in Singapore.
Can you imagine that? A street hawker being awarded a top prize that many fancy, expensive establishments all over the world will never, ever receive.
It goes to show you that success will always find those who deserve it, no matter where they’re located.
I just couldn’t believe it. Not because he’s a street hawker, but because when you watch the cooking shows on TV, read books and watch movies there’s always a big deal about going to a Michelin star restaurant.
There’s a proverb that says a man’s gift will make room for him and bring him before great men.
This is a case where i couldn’t agree more. His gift has taken him far.
You got to really let that sink in as you’re building your business, learning your craft or plying your trade.
It’ll probably take a long time before success comes. But it will come. All you need to do is master your craft by practicing relentlessly.
Another thing I learned from this story is that you will only achieve long-term success through hard work.
There are no shortcuts. Yes, there are people who achieve success through shortcuts and seem to do everything wrong and yet are continually celebrated by people far and near.
But guess what? That type of success is usually fleeting. After a while, it flames out.
I’m pretty sure you don’t want to end up a one hit wonder. Do you?
A one pump chump.
I know you’re In It To Win It.
You’re playing the Long Long Game.
And that means you have to do whatever it takes to keep your eyes on the ball, and never lose sight of the end goal.
That’s the moral of the story today. Focus on mastering your craft, work hard, be persistent, maintain a positive attitude, stay humble and great things will happen to you.
Even if you’re living in a recession with no visible sign of things getting better.
Don’t let that distract you. Focus on the main thing and don’t lose sight of it.
I’m sure in the last 30 years Mr. Chan must have had a bad day now and again. And quite possibly many personal problems.
But he didn’t let all that interfere with his work.
I’m pretty sure he didn’t even know about the Michelin group and their award.
It was quite possibly a one-time interaction with an unassuming customer that led to his discovery amidst obscurity and subsequent recognized for his accomplishments in cooking.
Now here we are celebrating him and his successes.
The question is if it can happen for Mr. Chan, don’t you think it can happen for you too?
I believe you can do it. Now go make it happen.