Who’s Going to Believe in You?

“The thing always happens that you really believe in,
and the belief in a thing makes it happen.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright

Over the past four days, we’ve chatted about four necessities you need on your journey to a successful career.

Today, we’re going to talk about the final necessity …

 … Belief.

You are the sole engine of your success. All of your emotions come into play in your quest for success, but none is more important than this:

Believe in yourself!

The quote above from Frank Lloyd Wright says it better than I can. The thing you really believe in always happens.

I’ve seen this truth played out many times with AWAI members. When I meet someone at Bootcamp, for instance, I can quickly tell if this person is going to be successful in his or her freelance career.

It has nothing to do with skills and knowledge. It has everything to do with that sense of belief in self that shimmers through the shyness and uncertainty.

Belief in self can waver, though …

There is not one successful person who does not confront self-doubt regularly.

I was a very successful teacher of severely disabled students before becoming a copywriter. Successful enough that I trained other teachers in my field for the state of California. Parents asked to have their children in my class.

I knew I was good at what I did. And I loved it. But at least once a week, I looked myself in the mirror and thought I was looking at a fraud.

I asked other successful teachers if they ever felt the same way.

“All the time,” was the typical answer. I’ve asked the same question of many other successful people in numerous other professions—including freelance writing. And they all acknowledge the same periodic return of self-doubt.

Why doesn’t this overwhelm them?

Why shouldn’t self-doubt overwhelm you when you feel it?

Subduing self-doubt …

There’s only one way to ensure this won’t happen.

The strength of your belief in yourself has to be stronger than any doubts that arise.

Maintaining that belief in yourself ensures your success at the end of your journey.

When you waver in that belief, look back at your road map of goals and objectives and see how far you’ve come.

Think of my chosen grandson, Daniel, and remember … there’s no failure, only practice for success.

Find your beacons —those special people in your life—to guide you past the temporary obstacle of self-doubt.

And remember what Henry Ford said …

“Whether you think you can or you can’t, you’re right.”

– Henry Ford

Go for it … You can accomplish anything when you believe in yourself!

I’ve enjoyed spending this week with you … and I’d love to hear any comments, ideas, or questions you may have. Please leave them in the comments section.

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Published: October 31, 2014

20 Responses to “Who’s Going to Believe in You?”

  1. Everyone is ready to believe someone else is an expert. Perception is reality. Al Gore made a billion dollars on Global Warming. Others make it to president on mere 'fumes'. Reverend Jones got people to kill themselves on his word. People ache for a 'leader' in almost anything.

    Guest (Roy Klinkert)October 31, 2014 at 12:26 pm

  2. Yes, Will, the confidence and uplifting self talk MUST come from within. Any external influence is temporary. I'm still searching ... searching ... sometimes my self-doubt screams at me, "WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR, DEB!?" No more BS, no more signing up for every course, and each new book as if the answer lurks in each next thing. Somewhere inside of me I will find what I seek because I DO believe there is something amazing out there, just for me, as long as I stay open and in the game. Blessings!

    no-more-excuses-DebOctober 31, 2014 at 12:45 pm

  3. THANK YOU, WILL - your last letter is exactly what my favorite niche is -motivation!! I have printed out your quotes to read every day. I value all your comments from the week - but am anxious how to apply them with knowledge.
    How can I get some critique on some articles I have written?? Thank you again. it was an awesome week - I have been a teacher for 45 years - not scholastic - but I love the profession.
    Thanks again Carol Lee

    Carol LeeOctober 31, 2014 at 12:53 pm

  4. Will, thank you for your article "Believe in Yourself." It is all true. I have believed and lived by the Henry Ford quote all my life, plus I was lucky to have a Mother that constantly told me,"You can do it", regardless of what I was attempting. She put a self-belief in me that has possibly made me too confident, but I approach everything I do with a certainty that, I can do it. Thank you for re-enforcing that belief with your article. It is the main ingredient in everyone´s success!

    Bob RoseOctober 31, 2014 at 3:06 pm

  5. Hi Will, Thank you for all the inspiring articles this week. It will help me put all that I hope to accomplish in order. Many times I sit down and say I'll do this but seldom do. You gave some great hints and ideas that make it possible for me to focus on what I need to do. Thank You!

    Lois PowellOctober 31, 2014 at 4:13 pm

  6. Will, Thank you so much for your advice this week on Overcoming Roadblocks on Your Journey to Success.

    These articles were very timely for me. I am at the point in my copy writing career that I needed another "kick in the pants."

    I know the principals you have taught this week. I have practiced and succeeded with the principals you taught this week.

    Yet, I have been procrastinating putting them into action. Why? Mostly because of fear. "Am I ready?" I ask myself everyday.

    Well, YES I am. Thank you for the "kick in the pants" lesson.

    LaDeana WilkeOctober 31, 2014 at 4:20 pm

  7. Your emails have excellent content. You are right about people needing to believe in themselves.

    Nothing can be truly accomplished without that.

    I have more confidence in learning copywriting than I have had in other things I have tried online.

    AWAI's accelerated program is set up really well and is giving me the mindset and practical things to do to become solid as a copywriter.

    Your emails have solid content. Enjoy your weekend, sir.

    Scott Moore

    scott mooreOctober 31, 2014 at 5:10 pm

  8. Thank you, Will, for the encouraging words. I'm sure I'll be wanting the occasional boost like this along and along. Right now, I am looking forward to someone directing me how to progress through all of the wonderful-looking materials available. Wow! There's a lot in the COS library!

    KathyGOctober 31, 2014 at 5:12 pm

  9. Thank you Mr. Newman. I hear a real sincerity in your letters and it's very much appreciated. I receive it and know that I can do ALL things... Blessings to you, friend. Great job!

    Hallie AgarNovember 1, 2014 at 12:06 am

  10. We should always believe that what ever we set to accomplish is always possible, only if along the way, we didn't give up. It may appear hard to achieve, but once you believe, and keep on believing, till your aim is achieved. In fact, NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE. Even believe itself is possible to keep believing on and on, on....

    Guest (Salihu Dikko)November 1, 2014 at 10:26 am

  11. Hi Will, Thank you for your words of encouragement. Yes, for a person to believe in himself is so important in everything. I'm a teacher at this time and I'm not in a good situation, but I'm there for a reason. I'm wanting to get my writing going so that I can do it full time. It's that self belief and confidence that I'm lacking. I know God will help me. I wanted to join COS but don't have the extra money at this time. I'll work on what I have learned already.

    Guest (J Writer)November 1, 2014 at 12:28 pm

  12. Will, your article gave me a flickering beacon for a writing career. Now I must try again. Another try! I joined AWAI because in my head, I can write. But I realize that's just a pipe dream. It died quickly. Procrastination is another dream killer for me.

    My biggest problem, I suppose is, what do I know? I have ideas but when it comes to the "nitty-gritty" of what to write about, I have nothing. If, however, that's where you come in, then that flickering beacon could go brighter. Please help.

    Leo BlancoNovember 4, 2014 at 8:52 pm

  13. Will your words are very inspirational. I hear them. I understood them. They inspire confidence. I still am afraid to make that step but I want to make it so bad. I am not a writer. My concern is what do I write about and how do I keep it up? Where do I begin? I am CNA Certified Nursing Assistant and for health reasons I want to leave my job but can't do it with out finding something else, and I found this. I am really encouraged by what you said, but there's still that something that's stopping me.

    Guest (Liana Coke )November 5, 2014 at 12:08 pm


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