Getting Success in My Early 20’s

“I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”

Helen Keller quotes (American Author and Educator who was blind and deaf. 18801968)


The previous quote is one of my favorite quotes which can push me to do anything that I can do. And I would like to start by asking a common question, “How old are you?”, “What have you got in your age?”, and “What have you done with your life?”. One of the big differences between you and the others is your achievement in your life. Achievement is not always meant and counted by money, title or certificate that you have got, but the most important thing is the process and what you’ve done for the others.

Talking about success, I am sure that everybody has the same willingness to get success in their life as soon as they can. On the other hand, all of us also believe it’s not easy for getting that success, we need many efforts and sacrifices whether time, energy, money, or even our feeling to reach our dream. And many people also think, for getting that success it needs a long process, and it only can be gotten by somebody who ever faced success and failed many times before reaching that success, so in conclusion, success is can only be reached after their age turns forties.

But, don’t you know, there are many young men and women reached their success when their age were twenties?

I will show you some of them,

googleThe founder of Google, Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Larry Page thought that he was really lucky to have such a supportive environment when he was growing up. His dad was a professor on computer science, and they had computers lying around the house since he was in a really early age. From a very early age, he also realized he wanted to invent things and because he figured that inventing things wasn’t any good: you really had to get them out into the world and have people use them to have any effect. So probably he said when he was 12, he knew he was going to start a company eventually. And he became CEO when he was 27.

success_keyAnd also his partner, Sergey Brin, he was also 27 year old when becoming a CEO. He was so interested in math and computer and he thought the most inspiring thing to him is invent something. But as his ages grew his mind changed, he thought the most important was how to produce something that was useful. And talking about challenges, he thought the age is a real issue. It’s certainly handicap in the sense of being able to manage people and to hire people and all these kinds of things. To figure out these issues, he thinks in terms of understanding where things are going to go, having a vision about the future, and really understanding the industry he is in, and what the company does and also sort of the unique position of starting a company and working on it for three years before starting the company. Then working on it pretty hard, whatever, 24 hours a day.

Liem Swie King (Indonesia, Badminton athlete legend) and Kim Yu Na (South Korean, The 2009 World Figure Skating Championship)

kingKing that we called for this athlete legends, He is Indonesian and had become a winner in several world badminton competitions, for instance his best achievements was as a winner in All England at 1978, 1979 and 1981. “King Smash” was his brand for his technique in smash, with the speed of 300 Km/hour. He was born from a modest family at one village in East Java; His father was his coach at that time. Since he was in elementary student, his father supported him and even forced him to become the best badminton player. Practicing regularly, giving motivation and even punishment were all the things on his young life. Sometimes because of misunderstanding he had some conflict with his father, but because of big support from his best friends and also neighborhood, he could reach his dream on early twenties.

Kim Yu Na, as the famous athlete in skater nowadays is also inspiring, getting the gold medal at The 2009 World Figure Skating Championship concluded with Ladies Long Program. When it was in 1998 Nagano Olympic Games, she tapped the whole competition and watched it everyday until the skater’s routines were imprinted on her mind. At the age 14 she made her junior international debut but people pointed out that she lacked artistic expressions while no one denied her superior technique. And finally she found out her solution when she did “El Tango de Roxanne”, and until now she still practices to improve her skill and enjoy what she chose.

Any kinds of what we choose in our life now, I am sure that we will face the result on the future whether twenties, thirties or older than that. All of the successful persons have started their efforts since they were in young age, or even started and focus to reach their dream on their early twenty. So now, if you know that you have your dream don’t ever think that it is impossible. Nothing is impossible if we really try to get it. Start with believing, continue with breaking down your target to plan and start from now.

I have watched an inspiring program, Kick Andy, on that show, they invited some successful young men and women, and here are some of the key word that I want to share, “do something that you enjoy”, “give more than expected”, “patience”. “happyconomics”[1], “follow the path”, “smooth means not grow, searching challenge”, “if you still on His track, God will give it to you”.


But please just remember, our effort will not create 100% successful result, there is 1% for destiny. So 99% is our efforts, and another 1% is for destiny. So after we did as hard as we can, please put 1% for possibility of destiny. Thus when the result is not the same with what we hope, we will not give up, and still could think positively.

Hey Young Men, Good luck for change your life!

Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. Helen Keller quotes (American Author and Educator who was blind and deaf. 18801968)

[1] Happyconomics is one concept created by Yorris Sebastian (The youngest GM at Hard Rock Café in Asia Paific region) that means if you do something that you like and make you happy on your job, automatically it will support your economic/financial condition.

*published at Kyungnam Times – Fall Edition 2009


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