Did you ever think about your greatest enemy? If you are a student, is it the batch top? If you are a batsman, is it the best batsman in the world? If it is a product, is it the category killer? The answer is "HELL NO". Then, who really is your greatest enemy? Who poses the biggest challenge? What is the biggest barrier to success? The answer is quite simple. Your biggest enemy is yourself.
Sounds a little crazy right?? But if you take a moment and think about it quietly, you will realize that your biggest enemy is nobody else but yourself. Let's try to find the rationale behind this somewhat crazy idea.
Who should be your greatest enemy? Did you ever think of a definition? In simple terms, your greatest enemy has to be someone who knows your strengths and weaknesses perfectly well. The only person who knows your exact strengths and weaknesses is no one else but you yourself. Thus you become your greatest enemy.
People who achieve big and reach greater heights have overcome their self-doubts. Often you pull yourself back. Imagine you want to start up your own company after completing your bachelors or even dropping out of college or university to start up your own business. Is it risky? It is a massive risk compared to working in an established company. Not many people were bold enough to take such a risk. Not many people had the courage and self-belief to take that risk. But people who were brave enough, took up the challenge and stood by their decision through highs and lows and made a name for themselves in history books. Others still live a mediocre life without even realizing that they have failed to realize their full potential.
You have to be bold enough to take a decision to start up your own company or to choose a not so obvious career path such as sports, creative arts, etc. That is not that difficult though. But once you made the choice, you have to have immense mental strength and self-belief to stand by your decision when you hit rock bottom. Many people take the first step. But most of them do not have the stamina and the perseverance to go through tough times that follow. It is said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. But in most cases what happens is that, when things go against you, you start doubting yourself. You think you made a wrong decision by venturing into your own enterprise. When one doubts himself, he will always go at it halfheartedly which invariably marks the beginning of a downfall.
Steve Jobs is no longer alive. But he has left his legacy as one of the greatest entrepreneurs of our time. Steve Jobs is a school dropout as most of us know. He started his own business in the garage. He was fired from his own company. But still he believed in what he did. He loved what he did. Steve Jobs once told, "I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me. I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over". Once he came back, he made Apple simply invincible.
There are plenty of others who hated mediocrity and wanted to rise above the rest. They all defeated that one common enemy I mentioned earlier. But how could one defeat him or herself? You need a warrior to fight the biggest battle of your life. A warrior good enough to fight your biggest enemy. But who is that warrior? Where can you find him or her? You can find that warrior within yourself. You are the best warrior to fight against you simply because only you have the strength to do that.
Fight with yourself. You will pull yourself down always. But never give up. You have all it takes to defeat mediocrity and create history!