Have you seen the HBO movie, King Richards, about the Williams sisters (Serena and Venus)?
Will Smith plays their father, Richard Williams, and tells the story of how he was a mastermind of sorts behind their careers.
(Slight spoiler alert below if you haven’t seen it.)
In the film, we see a father of these two young girls, determined and resilient with a capital R to mold them into successful women and tennis stars.
Throughout the movie, Richard Williams shares how he's had this 78-page written plan for the girls and their success before they were born. This plan became a guidepost and filter throughout their lives.
Decisions were made based on this plan, not current circumstances or reality. Decisions that, when you're watching, make it hard to believe anyone in that situation would make.
But, you see just how unwavering Richard Williams was in this plan, how he had full faith and belief that it would work - before he had any evidence it would. How they never turned away from the plan, especially after getting rejected or being told no. They stayed true to their decision and belief that this plan will create the future, and their success is inevitable.
You don’t have to watch the movie to know, that plan worked and then some.
Venus and Serena are decorated tennis stars, Olympians, and hold a collective $95 million net worth. This is a complete 180 from growing up in Compton with no way to afford top tennis coaches or to play at the country club.
Richard’s plan, coupled with a decision and unwavering dedication to it, is so much of what created these two very successful, beyond talented, wealthy, and impactful Black women.
While $95 million might not be your version of success or business goal, we can learn a lot from this family when it comes to having a non-negotiable plan and vision for manifesting success in business.
You simply don’t stop working toward or believing in the inevitability of your big picture goal.
No matter what enters your path,
No matter the rejection you receive,
No matter who says “that’s not possible,” or “you should do something else.”
When it’s a non-negotiable decision, that means you’re committed to your plan and decision UNTIL it’s reality; you manifest your version of success and blow your own damn mind with what unfolds before you - just like Richard did with his girls.
As we’re closing out on the first quarter of the year, I want to invite you to revisit your decisions and plans you made at the beginning of the year and adopt this mindset. Whether you’ve crushed every goal or it feels like you’ve barely scratched the surface, how can you double down your commitment and make a non-negotiable decision that your success is inevitable?
Because if you’re stretching with your vision for your business, it always seems impossible until it’s done. It always seems “crazy” to onlookers when you trust yourself before the results are there as evidence to back you up.
But, if you want something you’ve never had before in business, it often requires you to think thoughts and believe things you haven’t before - to think bigger than your current thoughts and reality and hold steadfast until it becomes your new normal and people say they always knew you’d make it.
There’s still a whole lot of year yet, here’s to looking forward and your inevitable version of success!