“That’s my dream car,” was what I heard being yelled across the parking lot.
I was in a hurry, as usual, and anxious to get on with my day. But as I glanced up to see where the voice was coming from, I couldn’t help but pause and smile.
There, on the edge of the sidewalk sat a young boy, probably around the age of 12, yelling from his wheelchair with that look in his eyes.
You know what look I’m talking about. The look of someone excited about their dreams.
When was the last time you saw that look?
When was the last time you had that look?!
As soon as he saw that he’d caught my attention, he yelled “How do I get where you are?”
Got to respect the kid’s directness. I’ve always appreciated someone who knows what they want and is willing to go after it.
Of course, this wasn’t the first time I’ve been asked that question. And, you better believe that I asked the exact same question many times to others growing up.
I paused for a second—and then replied:
“1. Find something you’re passionate about.
2. Surround yourself with the best people.
3. Get better everyday.
4. Don’t forget where you came from.
5. Don’t stop … until. “
Breaking It Down
1. Find Something You’re Passionate About
People that are truly passionate about something end up becoming successful because they simply can’t help but invest all their time and energy into it. Becoming successful is hard. It almost always requires failure before fortune. If you’re not really passionate about what you’re doing, you’ll likely not have the energy and perseverance it takes to see it through.
2. Surround Yourself with the Best People
You will become like those with whom you surround yourself. Period. Find people you can learn from. People who will challenge you. People who will help make you better. If you’re the smartest, most ambitious person you know, you’re in trouble.
3. Get Better Everyday
Whatever it is you decide to invest your short time on this planet doing, be the best you can be at it. Becoming that will take work and discipline. Make it a habit to do something everyday that makes you better. Literally … everyday! And don’t worry if at first others seem to be better, faster, or smarter than you. Focus on being the best you can be.
4. Don’t Forget Where You Came From
I’m a firm believer that money just makes you more of what you are. If you’re a caring person, money will just allow you to be a more caring person. If you’re a jerk, money will just make you more of a jerk. Remember your roots, and always keep it real.
5. Don’t stop … until
This may be the simplest and most profound of all the points. At a young age, I heard someone say, “The only way you’ll fail is if you quit.” I always found relief in that statement. It has stuck with me for decades. If I’ve learned anything in life it’s that doors open for those who stay the course.
There you go kid. Keep me posted on your pursuit of that “dream car!”
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