This morning, I came across a video a friend had shared about a man wanting to be successful. We see things like this all the time, but what struck me was the overall message. It brought the need to succeed to the most basic level:
When you want it as bad as you want to breathe, you will be successful.
Makes sense, right? But how many of us are really at that point? How many of us are willing to step out of the comfort of merely surviving and live out the dream until it becomes the air we need to breathe?
Your mileage may vary, but regardless of what your vision of success is, dedication, hard work, and the inability to live without it are the building blocks to being what you want to be.
There are no hacks to true success, so don’t waste your breath looking for one.
Taking the good with the bad. It’s something that everyone really knows, but few truly accept. It’s easy to look at successful people in any line of work and think how easy they have it. “It must be nice!” is a line often used. But what we see is just a small portion of who they are and how they got where they are.
I have a goal to be a full time writer by a date I’ve set for myself. It won’t be easy and it will be a tremendous amount of work. But I want it bad enough to make some sacrifices and put the work in like a second job. In reality, I know it’s a gamble that may not pay off, but it’s a risk I’m willing to take. I plan to work my ass off for it.
I want that rainbow, but I know that there will be some possible hurricanes before I get to it.
That’s a challenge I’m willing to accept.
What challenges are you willing to accept to achieve your goals?
Whether you liked him or not, there was no denying Muhammad Ali was a champion many times over. He had the vision but he also had the drive. He worked on that skill until it was the best it could be. And made no bones about letting anyone know it. Some would call it arrogance, but I think of it more as supreme confidence.
I’ve let insecurities about my abilities derail me many times in the past. I’d think I wasn’t smart enough or talented enough or just not enough to do what I wanted. I’ve learned, as Ali reiterates here, it doesn’t make me less of a champion because I don’t have the skill. That’s the easy part. If you’re willing to learn, you can gain the skill. But it’s the desire, the fight, the vision, that is the heart of the machine. A heart can’t pump without blood, but blood by itself can’t sustain life.
Don’t let your dream whither away because of doubt. As we all know, life is short. And it won’t wait for you to decide.
As for Ali, the time has come for him to rest on that mountain. He earned it.
Henry Ford should know. The Ford Motor Company wasn’t Ford’s first attempt at success. He failed spectacularly twice before landing on what we know as Ford today. And who knows how many other things he failed at before success.
I, for one, am glad my first publishing company and novella stalled out. I’m glad I decided to pull my book, close shop, and take a step back. There was so much I didn’t know that I’ve learned since then. Things I knew but didn’t realize I needed to put that knowledge to use. I have a different mind set and I’m a lot smarter than before and continue to learn each day.
Never forget that if the world is turning, you can learn something new and enrich your life. Life is a continuous work in progress!
The American Dream. It’s what makes our country what it is. It’s why people from all over the world cross the Atlantic and Pacific to set foot on the shores of the USA. The dream of renewal and starting over. Of freedom. Of working hard and being rewarded with that prize.
But as with everything worth having, all of that comes with a price. It isn’t measured in dollars and cents. No, it’s currency is living and breathing and yet, intangible.
Here in the US, we have several days printed on our calendars to recognize the American sacrifice so that we all have the chance to work hard and be rewarded. But those that protect us from threats we either can’t see or only hear about on the news should be recognized every day.
We can honor them by not squandering the opportunities we’ve been given. In spite of what we may see or hear, you aren’t living life until you’ve put in the time, the effort, and exchanged that intangible currency.
The American Dream is alive and well and ours for the taking, thanks to the American Sacrifice.
A rose is one of the best symbols of life. On the whole, life is beautiful. Bright, blossoming, open. But as you dig deeper into the journey of life, it isn’t without it’s painful moments. Still, the beauty and goodness remains.
Perfection is an illusion, so the thorns will always be there. How you handle them is up to you.
Don’t let the thorns of life take away from the beautiful, bright petals of life.
It’s that time of year that an old chapter comes to a close for many, aka graduation time. I know many whose children are graduating from high school and it made me think as my child takes one step closer to graduation herself. And how my time with her as I have always known it is winding down. The anticipation of that happening in a mere two years is bittersweet. The knowledge that it’s coming and that nothing can stop it. Knowing she will be spreading her wings and living her dreams.
I was asked recently if I was bothered that my daughter is looking at colleges out of state. And while one part of me is saddened to think she will be leaving, another part of me knows she’s meant to fly. The very fiber of her feathers are colored in the brightest of colors. She has nothing but the world ahead of her. And how can I not be happy about that? That’s what true love is all about.
So parents, for those of you that have children graduating, especially ones that will be flying from the nest, this quote is for you. I found comfort in knowing it’s okay to feel both parts but to let go. I hope it does for you too.
I’ve always thought of myself as an optimist. I try to find the silver lining in everything that comes my way and would never believe in pessimism. But the truth is, life is a kaleidoscope. It’s colorful and sometimes the lines get blurred, but beautiful just the same. The more I experience, that more I realize that while I still have that bright eyed, bushy tailed optimist in me, there’s enough realist thrown in to keep myself from being naive.
Life isn’t easy or fair. But why make it harder on yourself than it needs to be by finding the worst in everything?
Look for the opportunity in the dark because eventually it will bring you through into the light.