The first myth Bel points out is belief in overnight success. This will get you nowhere. You don't just wake up successful one day. Nobody does, no matter how many times you hear about people who are 'overnight successes'. If you are seemingly successful overnight, it's because you've been working for that success up to that moment. When life gives that moment to succeed, you have to be prepared to take it. Always be vigilant.
The second way to 'destroy your dreams' is to think that somebody has the answers for you, or to let somebody decide your life. You need to decide what choices are right for you. Nobody knows your life like you do. They don't have the right answers, you do. To be successful, you have to take an active part in achieving the success. You can't just lay back and let someone guide you to success. You have to make your own success.
The third false idea is that you should settle down when things are going well. This is a recipe for disaster. Things don't stay perfect forever. This is why you should strive to keep on going, to expand your horizons. Keep on pushing yourself past your boundaries, and you'll discover new success. Keep going, and you'll see things that you couldn't before. Why else would the earth be round? As Mrs. Pesce says, "You need to find another peak."
The fourth point Bel Pesce makes is believing that it is never your fault, but that somebody else made a mistake. It's not an investor's fault that you didn't get their money, it is yours. No one can achieve success alone, but that doesn't automatically make it someone else's fault. First, look at what you could improve about your idea before pinning it on someone else. "If you have a dream, it is your responsibility for making it happen."
Finally, Bel warns against thinking that the dreams are the only things that matter. If you get too focused on achieving your dreams, soon your dreams are the only thing you'll have left. Dreams aren't just about that success, they are about the journey you took to get there. As she says, success is a moment of celebration, but life is not. Turn every step into something you can learn, and you will achieve your goals.
I really connect with the final point Bel makes in her speech, about believing that only the dreams matter. The journey to success is just as important as the dream that set you off. Success in a whole isn't just achieving your dreams, it is about what you learned on the journey as well. This whole speech reminds me of Abraham Lincoln. He was constantly pushing to better himself, like when, instead of settling down as an Illinois lawyer, he became President. And he always kept learning new things on the way to the White House. He read books on his own, taught himself everything he knew, as his family didn't have enough money to pay for school. He took it upon himself to learn. He didn't blame his parents for lack of education. He worked hard for everything he earned. In his words,"That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well."