This is the pot calling the kettle black — I really need to just take my own medicine — but I sort of think that a lot of successful people aren't as smart as you might think they are. Surely, they are smart. And there are lots of reasons that help make them successful — intelligence, personality, etc. But I think a big thing that allows people to be successful is how they handle failure. They fail and they persist. They fall down and get up. They fall down and get up.
I've been struggling myself lately because I fall and then I think "well, the day is ruined" and I throw in the towel for the rest of the day. This is definitely somethign I need to work on.
Another way I think this concept could manifest itself: when thoughts arise that might stop the person from doing something.
For me, my psychological defense mechanism seems to be overthinking / overanalyzing the situation. I'll have an opportunity in front of me and rather than pursuing it, I'll start thinking of all the "what if this happens, what if that happens" or I'll find a reason not to do it all. This keeps me treading water and not moving in any direction. Compare that with what I assume a successful entrepreneur needs to do: they have the anxiety come up and the associated thoughts. However, the continue to proceed with whatever action they were planning to do in the first place. I haven't yet been able to reach this step level of mindfulness + required courage.
Written: November 24, 2020