It’s been three months since I took one of the greatest leaps of faith ever in my life. I was speaking with a friend of mine a week ago, and she asked me how I felt about leaving a steady, secure career. My response to her was that, although I am doing all I can to survive on the finances that I have, which at times lead to stressful days, I am ecstatic I made the leap. I now have a liberty that money can never buy.
With this liberty, however, comes great responsibility. I’ve been freed from a career that wasn’t fulfilling me any longer, yet that doesn’t mean that I can just sit around doing nothing. I have to work. Correction. I MUST work. I left my career not having any sort of steady income in place, but what I did and do have is my dream.
Dreams don’t pay bills though. Therefore, my only option is work. Work on what I strongly believe is my destiny in life, which is to impact the world. High aspirations, I know, but if we’re reaching for something we can easily grab, is there really joy in that? Sure, when we get something we want, we’re happy. Yet, if it was easy for us to attain, that happiness quickly fades.
What I am referring to is reaching for something everyone and every thing in the world says it’s impossible to attain, YET you. You know deep down inside that what you are reaching for, you will one day get if…
There is an “if.” The “if” is “if you work for it.” Most of us like to believe that once a dream is conceived in our minds, BAM, we get it. Not so. Others like to believe that simply taking a couple of steps after your dream will get it fulfilled. Not quite.
You will encounter detours, obstacles, and rejections. You will cry, question and doubt yourself AND your work. You will want to quit.
These past three months I’ve traveled a bit, nationally and internationally, and have had the privilege to empower over one thousand students. Last week, I was on the news (for something good!) and received some great exposure. Great things, but that’s not the whole picture. Don’t just look at my successes. Look at my struggles. For my struggles legitimize my success. The whole picture of success includes the valleys, the climb, the falls and the peaks.
You can accomplish your dreams, “IF.” I’ll let one of the greatest motivational speakers, Les Brown explain to you what I mean: (emphasis added)
“If you want a thing bad enough to go out and fight for it, to work day and night for it, to give up your time, your peace and sleep for it… if all that you dream and scheme is about it, and life seems useless and worthless without it… if you gladly sweat for it and fret for it and plan for it and lose all your terror of the opposition for it…if you simply go after that thing that you want with all your capacity, strength and sagacity, faith hope and confidence and stern pertinacity…if neither cold, poverty, famine, nor gout, sickness nor pain, of body and brain, can keep you away from the thing that you want…if dogged and grim you beseech and beset it,
with the help of God, YOU WILL GET IT!”