Have you ever worked so hard for something that you thought it simple HAD to work out–why? Well, because you worked so damn hard for it!
Disappointment. It’s a part of everyday life. But I’m not telling you this to help you accept it. Disappointment is an enemy we don’t have to accept–and, in fact, shouldnt. I’ll tell you why.
We, as humans, are driven people. We want to succeed. We were born to succeed. True, you’ve probably met people who aren’t like that at all. They are content to sit back and watch life go by around them, adopting a “What do I care?” attitude. But this kind of personal neglect is not the norm–it is the exception, and it is nurtured by a lifetime of seeing this modelled, this idea that success isn’t within my grasp, so why even bother trying?
No, we are driven people, and it is our nature–no, our destiny–to succeed.
So then, Mister Bane, why is it so damn difficult for me, you ask? Because we have all, in some way or other, believed that lie, that we are not good enough, that we do not have what it takes. We are all guilty of that sin, and worse, we are not just carrying the torch, but we are passing it along to the generations that follow us. You know, monkey see, monkey do. That’s how it is.
And let me tell you something. We give up too easily. We have no patience, no perseverance. One bump in the road sets us off our game. The second bump puts us in the ditch, and it’s much easier to lie in the mud than it is to get back up on the blacktop.
So what are we to do about it? Well, I’ll tell you where to start. Don’t learn from my example. I might talk a big game, but I’m just as infallible as anyone else.
You have to start in your own life, in your own career. What is it that you are striving for? What gets you excited? What have you already given up because it seemed impossible? Jon Morrow didn’t get to where he is now by giving up. Neither did Bill Gates. You have to stick with it. Die hard. Why? Because it’s your dream!
Pursue your goals. Sure, it’s a lot easier to sit on the couch and watch tv, but is that really going to help you get where you want to go? I doubt it. You need to make yourself get up and do the things you really don’t wanna do. Chain and whip, if that’s what it takes. It has to happen, and when it comes to your dreams, there is no excuse.
Lastly, believe in yourself. I really can’t emphasize this enough. How far are you going to get if you don’t think your worth it? I’m here to tell you right now that YOU ARE WORTH IT. If it gets you excited, chances are there are tons of other people out there who are going to get excited about it, too. All that’s waiting is your voice. So SPEAK IT.