Whatever It Takes
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Title: Whatever It Takes
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Author: Harald Anderson
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Whatever It Takes
Copyright 2004 Harald Anderson
I have a sign on my office door. It pretty much summarizes
my philosophy of life. The sign simply says�..�Whatever it
Short. Simple. To the Point.
�Whatever it takes� means exactly that. That I will do
�whatever it takes� to get what I really want. It is the
best description that I have ever been able to come up with
to summarize the entrepreneurial experience.
Decision. Commitment. Result.
Something I pretty much had ingrained into my subconscious,
playing sports as a kid.
Make the Decision.
Commit to that outcome. Visualize.
Experience that Result.
With my friends and colleagues I abbreviate and say�W.I.T.
I�ll often refer to individuals as either having W.I.T or
not. Y�know it�s like in the Rocky movies��the eye of the
tiger.� You can tell when someone has W.I.T and when
someone is faking W.I.T.. Or, worse yet when someone
doesn�t even know about it!
Walt Disney suffered through a bankruptcy and breakdown.
Milton Hershey experienced bankruptcy in his pursuit as the
H.J. Heinz saw his newborn company forced into liquidation.
All these individuals understood W.I.T.
It often confounds me though how many people will never
understand what �whatever it takes� really means?
It seems that I developed my understanding of this
philosophy through hardship. A tough teacher but an
effective one nonetheless.
Maybe you can relate.
When I first started my life as an entrepreneur I thought I
was pretty focused on what I wanted. Instead I got the
exact opposite. Working long hours for little or no pay,
dealing with creditors, angry customers, unresponsive
vendors, indifferent intermediaries, idiotic bankers,
erratic sales, loaning money to the company, etc. Quite
frustrating until I discovered that all of that had been a
training ground of sorts that taught me the alchemy of
turning problems into opportunities. The one
characteristic that every great businessperson must
Whatever it takes. Problems into Opportunities.
W.I.T made me understand that it is not what happens to
you. W.I.T makes you look at what are you going to do
Before I had discovered W.I.T I had never realized that I
had a �BLAME� list that was responsible for my
circumstances. There were so many problems standing in the
way of my success. I was convinced that I needed less
problems. �If Only�s� so to speak�.
I rationalized that successful people had less problems
than I did which allowed them to be successful. LOL! I
hate to admit it, but it is true.
�Well you know the economy��
�But the Government�.�
�If I only had more money��
�Its all in who you know�.�
All of these are huge lies which will prevent you from
Everybody has problems.
But problems begin to dissolve when you acquire skills.
I was guilty of wishing and hoping for less problems. What
I needed though was better skills. Without skills your
focus gravitates to the problem. A very poor focus indeed.
How often do you complain? Most of us are not conscious of
how regularly we demonstrate that our �FOCUS� is on the
problem and not the solution. I was thinking about this
the other day when I overheard a group of employees whining
about their circumstances. It reminded me of my �BLAME
LIST.� No W.I.T.
One of the benefits of being an employee is not having to
take TOTAL responsibility for your life. Its made me
realize that rarely have I observed successful individuals
complain about their circumstances. It is a major
distinction between people who exhibit entrepreneurial
flair and those who are will always remain employees.
The biggest issue that I have found with success is
actually defining �the word� SUCCESS on my own terms.
Over the years I have developed a love affair with
dictionaries. You might remember those books our ancestors
used in the pre-search engine days. Anyway, I use
dictionaries regularly to see how they define a word. What
has become fascinating about this is that dictionaries
often disagree with one another�.kind of like the search
engines do today.
If you look up the word success in most dictionaries it
will normally come up with some variations of the
"accomplishment, achievement, attainment; triumph,
And my experience has been that these synonyms promote the
When you get what you want then you can be happy.
Life begins when you get X.
What you don�t have is better that what you do have.
More is better.
I find these perspectives woefully inadequate for truly
defining the elements of a successful life. Until you
decide what success means to you, inadvertently you will
fall for one of these perspectives. The key is defining
SUCCESS based upon what is ultimately significant to your
life, on your own terms.
For me, W.I.T. is a wonderful definition of SUCCESS.
Football coach and legend Vince Lombardi said, �The pride
of success is hard work, dedication to the job at hand, and
determination that whether we win or lose, we have applied
the best of ourselves to the task at hand.� If anybody
understood W.I.T, it was Vince Lombardi.
I, also however am reminded of the French prisoner
Papillon who was unjustly condemned to life imprisonment on
Devils Island. He was disturbed by a recurring nightmare.
His dream was that he stood before a harsh tribunal.
�You are charged� they would shout, �with a wasted
life. How do you plead?�
�Guilty.� He would mutter. �I plead guilty.�
Papillon, the prisoner knew that to waste his life under
the control of others was WASTE. He also consistently
pursued his freedom. W.I.T.
Life is essentially composed of energy, time and space. To
ultimately live a successful life would mean that we
intensely understand these basic elements and invest them
wisely without waste in pursuit of our goal. The rich have
money. The successful individual has a rich
entrepreneurial life and lives it intensely.
Success is a passionate love affair with life, W.I.T, on
your own terms, by your own design.
So be it!
About the Author:
Harald Anderson is the co-founder of Art Inspires a leading
online gallery of motivational and inspirational posters,
prints. �When Art Inspires, Dreams Become Realities. His
goal in life is to become the kind of person that his dog
already thinks he is. http://www.artinspires.com