You might tempted to look at people out there like Bill Gates and say, “I can’t do that.” And you’re right, you can’t. At least not now, but the secret no one’s telling you is that you can be just as innovative as any high-achieving individual. The caveat is that right now, the high-achieving individual is probably just a better oiled machine than you. Today you can notice one thing around you that can be improved, and then improve it. Once you solve that problem, you can expand your reach. If you do that enough, then eventually you can achieve more. Bill Gates didn’t dominate the world overnight; he started by enabling people within his reach to be more productive with technology. Over time, he built Microsoft into the impressive empire it is today.

The problem with this reality is it takes a lot of time to get there. Since it takes so long, it’s easy to get discouraged. That’s why I believe that if you want to make something big, you absolutely have to surround yourself with positive people. The sort of people who see a crazy idea and work with you to find a way to make it happen. You might think that you’re special and you won’t get discouraged, but if you spend enough time around cynical people it will rub off on your work.

The trick is to never get discouraged. In order to do that, you need to be working on something you truly care about. Focus on a genuine problem and then you’ll be able to draw energy from the progress you make working toward your goal. Find some smart people who complement your skills and go on to change the world.