Every great idea and dream must be established within you and you alone. There will come times when only you will believe it is going to happen. Can you stand alone? Can you believe when it looks as if no one else does?
John Gardner declared, “The cynic says, ‘One man can’t do anything.’ I say, ‘Only one man can do anything.’” Nobody can do it for you. No one will do it for you.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow put it this way: “Not in the clamor of the crowded streets, not in the shouts or plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves are triumph and defeat.”
You can’t delegate your thinking, dreaming, or believing to others.
Thomas Edison, who claimed he could think better because of his partial deafness, said, “The best thinking has been done in solitude. The worst has been done in turmoil.”
Eagles fly alone; crows fly in groups. Know how to get away and separate yourself. Don’t belong so completely to others that you do not belong to yourself. The fact is that we’re all in this together – by ourselves.
Alexander Graham Bell made this observation: “Don’t keep forever on the public road. Leave the beaten path occasionally and drive into the woods. You’ll be certain to find something that you’ve never seen before. One discovery will lead to another, and before you know it, you will have something worth thinking about to occupy your mind. All really big discoveries are the results of thought.”
Most big ideas are discovered when you are by yourself. Be sure to spend some time alone on a regular basis. Retreat to advance.
Don’t accept that others know you better than yourself. Great leaders have always encountered noisy opposition from mediocre minds. The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that others are responsible for your failures and successes. Each of us will give an account of ourselves, not of anyone else, to God.
There is power in the principle of standing alone. More than anyone else, you must be persuaded. The best helping hand you will ever find is at the end of your own arm. I believe that God wants us to learn for ourselves. Mark Twain mused, “A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn no other way.”
The opportunity to succeed, or not, is yours. No once can take that away unless you let him. Learn to be alone and stand alone, or nothing worthwhile will catch up with you.