Mr. Jabs has a fascinating entrepreneurial origin story, and one the rest of us entrepreneurs can learn from.
Did you know he is a first generation American? His parents immigrated from Russia. That’s important because he was raised to believe anything is possible and that America is the land of possibility. This is especially true compared to a communist country. I think that largely contributed to his success.
Yesterday, I was reading in The New Psycho-Cybernetics by Maxwell Maltz and updated by Dan Kennedy, that scientists who attack a problem knowing the outcome is possible, do it in a completely different way than those who aren’t sure of success. Because of their belief in the possible, they’re far more likely to be successful, everything else being equal.
I think that says a lot about why immigrants and first generation American’s are often so successful: Because they believe it’s possible.
Meanwhile, the rest of us multi-generational American’s stand around and wonder why everything is so hard (because “hard” is relative and we don’t know what “hard” really is).
My challenge to you this week is to take a lesson from Jake Jabs: Stop complaining about how hard things are, and start believing in the possibility of your incredible success.