In his latest piece on personal development advice International Speaker, Peak Performance Trainer and Business Mentor Arnon Barnes recommends an old-fashioned virtue.
A few weeks ago, one of my business partners and a very good friend of mine, gave me a gift. He purchased a T-shirt with the writing ‘Billionaire In The Making’ on it. I tried it on, it fitted really well, and it also felt, emotionally, like ‘the perfect fit’.
As some of you know I travel between Holland and the UK a lot because of my business buying and investing activities and interests. And at the end of this particular business trip, as always, I headed to the airport to catch my flight that would bring me home to Holland. Of course, I decided to travel in my new T-shirt.
Without giving it too much thought, I wandered into the airport, headed through the fast lane at security and then upstairs to the restaurants. All the time wearing my new T-shirt.
And as I started walking through the airport, I could feel people giving me ‘the look’. Have you ever seen or felt people giving you ‘the look’? I’m sure you have. Well, I received a few of those. And it then occurred to me; it was because on my shirt and those big bold letters that were written on it, those crazy words ‘Billionaire In The Making’. The interesting thing that happened was that the more people looked at me, the prouder and more confident I felt. It was like me telling the world, unapologetically, that this is me and this is happening.
And then, seated at my table at the restaurant, I had a breakthrough moment; I believed!
Then when I was walking to my departure gate, I was brimming with confidence and inner belief. That’s when I remembered the importance of this energetic vibration. You see, we have all experienced being put down, told crazy things like ‘we are not good enough’ or ‘you can’t do this’ or ‘you can’t do that’, but in reality it all boils down to our own beliefs.
And that’s why, when I am coaching or training business owners that come to see me from all over the world, I always say to them ‘’when you believe, you’re already halfway there’’. When you wholeheartedly, unquestionably and undeniably believe that you will succeed you’re already 50% there!
One of my most important pieces of advice to anyone in business and in life is to stop worrying about what other people think of you. Which by the way is one of the single biggest reasons why most people (not you of course, but most people) never dare to dream big and play a big game. Most people are too concerned about what other people think of them or will say about them. Just know that once you stop giving a shit about other people’s opinions, that’s the moment where you allow and welcome in true belief.
Trust me when I say: you will feel liberated the moment you stop caring about what other people think of you.