This is written on my whiteboard right above my desk. I look at it every morning to remind me that that the work is never done and it will take effort. It’s a long hard road to get where I want to go. I picked up this quote from Gary V. on one of his podcasts. My kids hate it.
This statement resonated with me that life is always going to be a struggle, it’s never going to be easy.
Life is hard as the saying goes but in the end the struggles are what makes life worth it. That is how you grow and learn.
If you’re not out there every day working hard, taking the blows, taking the punches, eating it every day, you’ll never realize what it is to have your true potential. You will end up with the lives of most people, just plain unfulfilled.
For years, I lacked patience. I wanted a quick fix. That is why I deceived, failed and mislead others because I wanted to cut corners. I did not see the importance of building solid and slow. Yes I was successful and made a lot of money. I made things work in the quick way. But in the end, it didn’t stick, because I hadn’t done the work. I hadn’t laid the foundation. Progress and patience are needed to build something that can last.
Now I strive to do the work every day, whether it’s reading, getting up early, journaling, writing, meditating or praying, it is all to strive to become a better person in every moment of every day. I look to go out and connect with as many people as possible to create higher-up more fulfilling connections. At the same time, I help others who are finding their own path and may be struggling with the daily battle.
I want to have balance in my life. For years, it was all about me and my work. Now I have to have connection with others and my community to become a better man and human being. I strive to grow as a person and a be a better father. I want to be proud and say that I’ve overcome. I want my children to look at me someday and see a man that went from the top to the bottom and resurrected himself as a completely different person. I want to show my family, my friends, my community, anybody that meets me, that I am a powerful man that can help and be a leader.
We all need to eat it every day. The people that complain that they’re not getting what they want, they’re not getting what they need, they’re not reaching their true potential because it’s just too hard or it can’t happen, are the people that are not putting in the work. They’re not spending the time to meet the right people. They’re not spending the time to help others. They’re not spending the time to help themselves and grow. It’s a lot of work, trust me but I would not have it any other way.
The work keeps me humble, grateful, and thankful for all that I have and helps me realize that I can become a great person. It is also something that has created a routine for me that I know will never end but makes me fufilled. There is no finish line, because this is going to be the rest of my life: learning, growing, connecting, doing better with the time that I have left and making sure to leave my mark in this world as a positive one.