Last week, a very special guest came to talk to the seniors at the school where I work: Greg Steltenpohl, the founder of Odwalla. He said a LOT of inspiring things to the seniors, but this really stuck in my mind.
“Being an entrepreneur, you have to kind of put your idea out there and believe in it and then manifest your vision,” he said. “You just keep coming up against things constantly, no matter how long you go along, there’s going to be someone who just says, ‘It isn’t possible.’”
Change “entrepreneur” to “writer” and omigosh, it’s totally my truth. And how did he deal with the doubters?
“Nine times out of ten, it’s about manifestation. If you believe it, then other people start to believe it and pretty soon it becomes the reality.”
Kind of how I try to live my life. Believe it into reality. His final pearl of wisdom:
“You never know what’s going to happen, just by doing what you love.”
Greg sold Odwalla to Coke in 2001 for $160 million. Not a bad payoff for doing something he loved!
I have no aspirations to make millions. But I do hope that by staying true to what I love, I can find success.
How do you define success?