Sorry, that probably sounds harsh, right? Guess what, it’s the truth. Too many times I see people lose for one of two reasons. They are either too afraid to take the chance or they are full of excuses. Usually these two things go hand in hand.
In being full of excuses, they typically end up blaming someone else, some circumstance, or something in their life for their failure. “I didn’t have enough time”, “I had a rough upbringing”, “I was dealt a tough hand”. Yes, there are very unfortunate things that happen in life to many people… but that’s just it. It happens to MANY people. There comes a point where you have to be able to look in the mirror, find yourself, and just live. (Trust me, I KNOW how difficult life is. I’m not going to get too far into that, but trust me, I have seen the lows that life can throw us into). You need to decide if all of these things are going to define you or fuel you. You need to decide if you WANT something so badly that nothing else matters. Not your past, not your present, not any other factor. None of that will detour you from your end goal if you want it as bad as you say you do.
This is why I say, if you have a dream, protect it. If you have something you want to accoplish, GO ALL IN! Drop everything else until you get it. It is called sacrifice. If you are not willing to do that, then you have no business even talking about it. That is the reality. Don’t call yourself a professional whatever it is if you are not willing to put in the work to become one. Too many people WANT something but aren’t willing to give or put in the work to get it. Too many people EXPECT without offering anything in return and doing the things necessary to get anything. Too many people ASK for things without giving anything. Give your all for something, then ask. Give your help to someone. Then ask. Don’t be selfish. Give and you will get… but you have to be all in. That is the only way it will mean anything… because you are vested. You are a pro. You have given to get there.
If you have a dream, if you have a vision. See it out. Go down swinging. If you are going to fail, you might as well fail having tried, rather than fail withouth trying. Who knows, you might just win if you tried. First you need to go all in, or don’t even bother going at all!
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