Charles Horton’s Inspiring Philosophy

On Never Giving Up…
Perseverance is an important trait when it comes to building a business or rising above a per­sonal obstacle. You’ve got to be able to overcome your fear, to try again, to keep on walking. Pressure leads to growth, and it’s a part of every successful entrepreneur’s life.

I learned a lesson that day: Businesses don’t fail. People give up.

You get what you focus on, so focus on strength. Most people do the opposite—they focus on avoiding the things they fear. But in business, you always have to show yourself in a positive mode. Fear is not an option. Turning back is not an option. Moving forward is the only way to go.

On Firewalking…
Getting across that fire was such a big deal for me. I had built this fear up so big in my mind, and made it so difficult for so long, but in the end it was so easy. I felt as if five thousand pounds had fallen off my shoulders. Aren’t most of our fears like that? They’re not real, just built up in our heads. Our greatest fears are in our mind.

I believe that the power to walk on fire is in your belief. It doesn’t matter what you want to do in life, and it doesn’t matter what people say. You have the power within you to find out for yourself what is possible. Your belief system is everything. How you think impacts everything else in your life: your actions, your heart, and your relationships.

People ask me all the time, “Why do you firewalk?” To them, it seems there’s not really any practical purpose for it. On the contrary, it does represent something very important: The walk represents the bumps we run into all our lives, whether in business or in our personal life. The walk is the fear that we create in our minds. We have to face these scary bumps in the road in order to move past them.

On Action…
The only measure of success is whether you take action on your ideas.

I’m someone who wants to keep constantly moving on to new businesses, new ambitions, new dreams. Constant action is at the core of my success, both in business and in life. If you think about it, you can’t finish the race, or, in fact, even start the race, if you don’t enter the race.

Don’t think too much about the second step, or the third, fourth, or fifth step. Don’t think about how hard the journey will be. Focus on that one step. And step forward.


Ignite the Secret | Charles Horton

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