One of the characteristics of ordinary people who achieve outrageous success is their ability to deny themselves during the pursuit of their dreams.
Instead of allowing themselves to get sidetracked by trendy technology, luxurious vacation homes or the latest, most fashionable vehicle, ordinary people in pursuit of big dreams say “no” to anything that isn’t important.
They deny themselves pleasures that other, more seemingly successful, people “have to have.” They stay financially fit. And usually, they stay physically and mentally fit, too.
And none of that really matters until the day that it does matter—the day a huge opportunity emerges and all of that no-ing turns out to equal a one big yes.
Because they’re good at saying no to things that they would have liked to have, they now have the money, time, focus and experience to seize the opportunities they have—the same opportunities we all have.
These extraordinary ordinary people are free to quit their jobs and start something new.
And because they’re not saddled with debt and financial stress, they can get by with less and strike out in bold, new directions—all because they said no to what would have felt good in the short term, to what they could have argued they “deserved.”