What Do You, Gaga, Spielberg, Oprah & Rowling Have in Common?

Lady Gaga started singing and playing the piano at 4 years old. She worked 3 part-time jobs to make ends meet, played in bars she didn’t want to in order to get herself out there, and was even dropped by a record label.

Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California 3 times. He then got in somewhere else, to which he dropped out later because he started creating some of the movies he’s so famous for now.

Oprah was fired from her job as a t.v. reporter as she was told, “she wasn’t fit” for t.v. She then got hired for a failing morning show!

J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series while she was a single Mom and on welfare. 12 publishers turned her down.

They ALL persevered. They did not give up. They kept going even when they were told no. You have this exact same quality because you are still pursuing your entrepreneurial dreams. You can do this.

As of now, 90% of small businesses fail after 10 years. Let’s change this trajectory.

This involves having a passion and dream burning so deep inside you that you are willing to do anything to make it happen. Where you will not stop until it’s achieved. And even then, you still keep growing and expanding to new depths and heights! What’s that saying?

You will never work a day in your life, if you do what you love.

When I hear people say dreams take hard work, I see this as a different type of hard work then the traditional way of thinking around this.

Of course, you have to put the hours in like anything you want to happen. BUT it doesn’t mean that you have to grind it out or have no life as you do it. That is complete B.S. You can absolutely work smarter and not harder, which is what we teach here at Decisions-by-Design.

What it does mean though, is that you don’t give up no matter what.

You’re willing to learn AND get uncomfortable. You’re willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen. You will push yourself when your subconscious mind wants you to stop. You will learn what triggers you. You will become aware of the beliefs you have around success, sales and money, that are standing in your way. You are willing to take a hard look in the mirror at what needs to shift.

This is what the “hard work” part is.

You persevere and you build resilience.

I love when someone asked Oprah years ago, “what if this doesn’t work?” To which she replied, “it will”. “And if it doesn’t” they asked? “If it doesn’t, then I will”.


Too often I see business owners taking their business personally and defining their worth around it. Your idea might not be the best, but you are. You have to be open to tweaking and exploring yourself as you go. To essentially get out of your own way.

I always say being in business for yourself is the best personal development course you can ever take. If you want to be successful, you have to be willing to look below the surface.

That is hard. It’s uncomfortable, but oh so necessary.

You must persevere. Because on the other side of those no’s and discomfort, lies your success. Whatever that looks like for you.