There is something about being in a supportive environment, I think, that makes success easier to achieve. Here are a couple of instances to mull over.
First, it is worth noting that Joe Weider died not so long ago, at the age of 93. Who was he? Well he was the physical culture mentor to an Austrian body builder named Arnold Schwarzenegger back in the 1970s. According to Arnie’s web site Mr Weider was responsible for teaching Mr S and his fellow gym regulars that:
“…through hard work and training we could all be champions.”
Who knows, without Mr Weider’s unwavering support would Mr Schwarzenegger’s CV include film actor, Planet Hollywood co-founder, Governor of California and whatever else he has up his sleeve?
Second, as the cliché goes, some people talk, others actually ‘do’. Someone who has been actively trying to make his mark, since the age of 10, is Nick Daloisio. Now at 17 years of age he is an employee of Yahoo, that company having purchased his ‘Summly’ software application supposedly for £19m.
His interview with the Guardian newspaper makes him sound quite down to earth and not money mad. His mother Diana says:
“[she is surprised his success] happened so soon, but we always knew Nicholas was technical and talented.”
There seems to be a lot of faith invested in the young millionaire by his family. They certainly gave him licence to spend plenty of time on his computer getting his ideas together. It wasn’t a get-rich-quick vision either. He says in the same article that:
“… If the motivation had been money, I’d be going off laughing. But because the motivation was technology and product, this is just the beginning of what I want to do.”
If Mr Daloisio.is so inventive at 17 I wonder what influence he will be wielding in the world of software at 27?
Equally, if one’s working or home environment is not so supportive how much effort is required to find others to share one’s dream and make it happen?