How much are you willing to sacrifice to attain your dream?
My great grandpa used to say that you could do anything you want if you put your mind to it. How many times have you heard that in your lifetime? The difference is he believed it. I recall coming up with ridiculous scenarios like, “Well what about flying without a rocket pack or another mechanism?” He would laugh and repeat himself, noting that while some things might take practicing 16 hours a day, sacrificing friends, family, etc. technically, it COULD be done.
Now that’s ludicrous for most of us to think about. And I still haven’t figured out how a human could fly by themselves, but the point is that we all have dreams we want to attain. Mine change often, but if you asked me today I’d say I wanted to teach a handful of marketing/sports marketing classes, coach a D1 baseball team to a national title, and have the flexibility (at least in the offseason) to spend time with a family, and friends who love me.
If you’re reading this, you probably work harder than most people you know. How many of your childhood friends are living their dreams? How many of your college peers are pursuing their passions? I suspect that number is a lot smaller than the number of people who found some middle ground where they were comfortable and settled. (And there’s nothing wrong with that. People change, dreams change.)
What about you? Are you going to put up a valiant fight and then resign to settling when the deck gets stacked against you?
How hard are you willing to work? How much are you willing to sacrifice?
Are you willing to break all the rules? Challenge every boundary? Ignore those that stand in your way? Test the limits of what you think you’re capable of? Steve Prefontaine was.
Are you willing to work tirelessly, waiting patiently on your turn? Will you be ready to capitalize on your chance when the moment finally comes? Jason McElwain was.
Are you willing to train countless hours to change the life of someone you love? To inspire others people all over the world? Rick Hoyt was.
Are you willing to teach yourself things others will never have to know? Are you willing to get creative to squash every limitation you’ve ever encountered? Clay Dyer was.
If you’re willing to do what it takes, good for you. You’re joining a very small percentage of people. If you aren’t, that’s okay too. It certainly isn’t for everyone.
I chose some of my favorites, but there’s plenty of other examples we can turn to when we’re trying to decide if it’s worth it, we need inspiration, we’re ready to settle. Who do you turn to? What keeps you pushing forward? Take a second and share in the comments. I might add a few more to the actual post for good measure.
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