What is the most important factor in your lack of success?

There are many books in the world that introduce various know-how for success. 

For example, Ken Honda's "Teachings of a Jewish Millionaire" and Napoleon Hill's “Think and Grow Rich" are very famous. 

There are many other books available, and I'm sure many people have read them. 

However, there are probably very few people who have actually read these books, referred to them, and experienced success with them. 

 There are many books that have sold millions of copies, so they must have been read by many people. 

However, the reality is that very few people succeed. 

 So what are the factors that prevent success? 

 Of course, there are many factors that contribute to this, but there is one that seems to be the most common stumbling block. 

That's “not taking action”. 

In other words, when you learn something, you may read it but not take action. 

Even if you are motivated by what you read, you may think that you will do it sooner or later, but you don't take action immediately. 

They make excuses such as "I'm too busy now" or "I'll do it sometime later when I have more time" and eventually forget what they have learned. 

So many people learn, but never put it into action. 

This is why there are so many books written about success which are published and consumed every year. 


One certain thing is that, if you want to be successful, you can't reach the goal of success unless you take the first step to achieve it. 

If you look at success as a mountain climb, the number of successful climbers depends on the mountain you are aiming for. 


If you are trying to climb the highest mountain in the world, such as Mount Everest, very few people will succeed. 

Or for Mount Fuji in Japan, a certain number of people will succeed. 

As you can see, the probability of success varies depending on the goal, but in order to climb a mountain, you have to take the first step to reach it. 

No matter what mountain you want to challenge, if you don't take the first step, you will never reach it. 

I believe that the biggest factor that prevents you from succeeding is that you hesitate and put off taking the first step towards success. 

Of course, there may be many challenges that await you once you start. 

The weather can change suddenly, and it can be like a storm! 

I'm sure it's very difficult for restaurants to refrain from serving food due to the Covid-19 disaster, but there are times when unexpected events like this come out. 

As we walk, we encounter various events, but we cannot overcome them unless we keep walking. 

As we move forward, various obstacles may appear and we may grow by overcoming them, but if we don't take a step forward, we will not have such experiences. 

Taking the first step is the path to success. 

This is also necessary to overcome obstacles in the current adversity. 

When you have achieved a certain level of success, you want things to stay the same. 

You may want things to stay the same but if the environment or weather changes, then you will need to take a new step. 

Sometimes you take the first step, and sometimes you fail. 

It doesn’t always work out. 

However, it is important to get feedback and take the next step forward. 

Through repeated trial and error, you have to find a way to survive and succeed in the new environment. 

I talked about the importance of taking the first step in order to succeed. 

I hope this has been helpful! 

Translated by Yuki Naito