Friday, September 26, 2008

Impossible is nothing

Posted By on Fri, Sep 26, 2008 at 9:10 AM

By Henry Paulson

My fellow Americans,

Many of you are confused by the complex economic events leading up to our current situation and how my bailout proposal will address. I'd like to clear that up now.

I guess the first thing that the economy needs to understand is that success is a mental transformation. It’s not an external event. To be successful, you must first know exactly what you want to achieve. Second, you need to commit to the sacrifices that it will take to achieve your goal. And third, you must believe beyond any reasonable doubt that you will achieve your goals.

Always push your limits. Always push your comfort zone. And as you train to expand and step outside your comfort zone you come to realize that the things that most people regard as impossible are actually completely within your grasp.

Many people believe that successful economies are lucky. I completely disagree with that notion. Successful economies think in very specific values that create opportunities for them which they can seize. An average observer thinks that that’s luck.

Luck doesn’t jump into anyone’s lap!

People around you may tell you that your country's economy will not succeed. Ignore them!

When people tell you that you that the stock market won't rise forever, cross them out of your life, because they’re directly interfering with our success. Ignore the losers. Bring your A-game, your determination and your drive to the field and success will follow. There’s another peculiar thing about success. Everything you do, you must pursue with your entire heart. Live your life openly. Go all out for what you want to achieve and believe in. If you’re going to work – work. If you’re going to train – train. If you’re going to dance – dance. But do it with passion!

When all this is said and done, we come back to one fundamental truth: Success is a mental phenomenon, not a physical one. It must first be conceived internally before it manifests externally.

Behind the clarity of your goals, determination, persistence, passion, patience lies one main tenet. Napoleon Hill said it best: "What you can conceive and believe, you can achieve." You must first believe beyond any reasonable doubt that success is possible. Remember, to achieve success you must first conceive it and believe it. Impossibility is just another term, another opinion. It should have no bearing on your success whatsoever.

Remember, impossible is nothing.

*** I'd like to thank my assistant Aleksey for helping with this.

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