Had the pleasure listening to Stephen Ross speak yesterday. Impressive individual. To say he’s been successful would be an understatement. There was one line that hit me most when asked, “How did you go from nothing to the ball rolling. What were those first moves?”
He paused, and said, “You know it was so long ago I don’t really remember the actual moves, but I do remember believing in myself and my idea. Others didn’t. Investors didn’t. I did. And that’s why it worked in my opinion. If you don’t believe in yourself or your idea then you have no shot.”
Of course that’s oversimplifying things. Ross clearly is a very intelligent man, I would assume ruthless, and obviously worked his tail off to be successful (you can even toss in a good chunk of luck and timing). But, most importantly to him he believed. And his belief allowed those other things to happen and flourish.
The other reason it hit me is because I have the word ‘Believe’ tattooed on my arm. I got it for a bunch of reasons. But, I got it there so I could easily look down and see it every day and remember to believe. Believe in myself. Believe in my ideas. Believe in my family and friends. Believe that the world is a good place with good people. And that believing does matter. And yet many times I still forget that. It was good to hear it yesterday. I needed that.