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Believe That You Can Achieve Success – Part 2

by Dan on May 30, 2012

John Sullivan, creator of the timeless British sitcom ‘Only Fools and Horses’, was no fool himself. He understood the psychology of success, and executed it perfectly through the creation of the show’s lead character Derek ‘Del Boy’ Trotter. Despite being a fictional character, Derek is an ideal example for showing how faith can lead to success.

The character Derek was a working class man, with a fairly poor upbringing and a lack of any real intellect. He was however, very quick witted and had the utmost confidence in himself. He was able to use these positive traits to his advantage in order to help himself get what he wants, and focused on what he was good at as opposed to what he was not (although he did try his very best to hide his downfalls to comedic affect.)

The real beauty of the character was his desire to achieve success. What Del Boy did that makes his fictional story so relevant to success in the real world was that he had the utmost faith in everything he did. His story showed how persistence, desire and faith can help you achieve anything that you want.

He famously coined the phrase “by this time next year we will be millionaires,” which he repeated time after time. Eventually, despite it not coming as soon as he wished, he achieved the very thing he stated so often and finally became a millionaire. He achieved this by his reluctance to give up, and after many failed attempts at success he always had a genuine belief that he could become a millionaire.

When Sullivan created the character he knew exactly how the mind worked, and although the story itself may seem farfetched and exaggerated, the psychology of how Derek Trotter eventually became a millionaire is completely applicable to real life. Next time you feel like giving up, remind yourself of what you want to achieve, and remember that giving up will definitely not get you there.

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