FedEx, you know about them. You use them to ship stuff. But you probably don’t know the history and how close they were to death.

Every successful business has points where you can lie down and die. The business just goes under. (But of course, we’re not talking about businesses here.)

“Times are tough!”

“It’s the economy!”

Excuses, one and all.

If you’re a winner, you will find the way to success.

That’s it. 

Want to be self-employed?

The logistics of how you’re going to make money for your bills will be found, if you’re willing to spend years grinding to find it.

Real estate? The internet? Consulting? It doesn’t matter how the money gets to you because you’ll keep working until it does.

That’s why people don’t quit their jobs they hate: they’re afraid they’re too weak to withstand the pain until the money comes in.

Back to FedEx:

Fredrick Smith (founder and CEO) put $4 million of his own money and $90 million he raised to start FedEx. The first company in the world to offer overnight delivery, anywhere.

3 years in: fuel costs rose.

The company was losing $1,000,000 per month.

Friday, there was $5,000 in the bank.

The fuel for Monday’s flights just wasn’t there.

$5k wasn’t enough for the Monday flights, so it might as well not exist. The only thing that mattered was whether or not he could pay for his fuel on Monday.

This is what a winner looks like.

Ole Freddy Smith had a choice: give up and die, or risk everything (which was really nothing).

What did he do?

Risk everything.

He flew to Vegas, put the 5k down in blackjack and won enough money to pay for the Monday flights.

The managers didn’t know he was going.

He didn’t care.

Two years later they made their first profit of $3.6 million.

Today, they make $3.6 Billion in profit a year. They have 300,000 employees.

Because of one man’s will to risk it all: 300,000 people have jobs.

Because of one man’s will to risk it all: anyone can get anything delivered across the world overnight.

Because of one man’s will to risk it all: $45 billion of value is created every single year.

This is what a winner looks like.

Until next time,