Theodor Seuss Giesel, better known as Dr. Seuss (1904-1991), was an American writer and illustrator who published over 40 books. Many of his works have been made into films, studied in university classrooms, and coveted by many a parent as the best books for their children. For writers, Dr. Seuss is the model of success with his most popular children’s books selling over 600 million copies and being translated into over 20 languages, all while was still alive!
You could say that Seuss singlehandedly changed the world. Classics like The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and Green Eggs and Ham are more than mere child’s play. The lessons and advice held within his works resonate with people of all ages. Some of his words of wisdom are especially useful and inspirational to anyone setting a course for success.
#1: “Kid, you’ll move mountains.”
Entrepreneurs and authors have something in common: We both strive to move mountains. We each set out on unclear paths, determined to make our mark. Our passion burns bright, but over time it can grow dim.
It’s easy to get discouraged when you’re trying to make something happen, from a startup business to a first novel. But rest assured that you can move mountains. It just takes time, patience, and the will to never give up.
#2: “And will you succeed? Yes you will indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)”
If you refuse to give up and keep pushing through, success will most certainly come to you! In this quote from Oh, The Places You’ll Go, Seuss reminds us that success is “98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.”
Success depends very much on you. We often look at people who are doing what we want to do or are where we want to be and say, “That could never be me because success isn’t a guarantee.” But the truth is we control our destiny.
The sky’s the limit. The question is will you do everything and beyond to reach it?
#3: “Oh the things you can find, if you don’t stay behind.”
Don’t live in the past! This nugget of advice applies in every situation.
Maybe your first attempt at a startup failed. Maybe your first e-book fell flat on its cover. Maybe you’re looking over your shoulder more than looking ahead. Stop it!
You’ll find your way to success so much easier if you’re focused on what’s in front of you. Learn from the past, but don’t dwell on it.
#4: “Why fit in when you were born to stand out?”
Forget fitting in; it’s overrated! It’s like Tony Stark trying to stick to the cards in our Iron Man video excerpt from Inner Geek: Be True to You.
You were born to stand out. So own those balking character flaws! Be bold. Be awesome. Be YOU. If people don’t like it, it’s their problem.
#5: “Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the things you can think up if you only try.”
Risk, it’s the name of the game. As Seuss so beautifully reminds us, we can do great things if we only try.
So try, and if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Success is “98 and ¾ percent guaranteed” if you do what you’re born to do and focus firmly on the future.
How ‘bout it, kid? Are you ready to move mountains?
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