Living isn’t hard. Growing isn’t that hard either. We are no different than a seed, or an acorn, for instance. The chemical DNA of an acorn, has only one mission in life: TO GROW. It doesn’t know anything else.
Likewise, a huge part, albeit—not all, of the human DNA, is also to grow. Don’t believe me? If you have an infant, go ahead and try to stop your baby from growing. No matter how much you want your child to remain a toddler, that infant will continue to grow with or without you.
So now that we agree that growing comes as natural to us as aging, it is important to note that personal growth is as much a part of our DNA as physical growth. Our bodies physically respond, ie endorphins kick in, when we are engaged in things that move us, inspire us, and/or push to grow. Think about it for a second. Has there ever been a time in your life, when you were so immersed in a task at hand, that hours and hours had passed before you realized what time it was? How does that happen, and how do you duplicate that effort for everything you do?
“You’ve got to love what you do.”
If you don’t absolutely love what you do, it’ll be easy to run for the hills at the first sign of opposition or challenges. Life has a funny way of punching you square in the jaw knocking you to the ground. Then, just for good measure, it’ll kick you in the ribs making you gasp for air. Life doesn’t discriminate between the just & unjust. Good things are just as likely to happen to bad people as they are to good people, and bad things are just as likely to happen to good people as they are to bad people. What’s the takeaway here?
In order to be successful, in any endeavor, a certain level of energy and mental fortitude must be sustained in order to succeed, and if you don’t truly have a passion for what you are doing, you are going to quit. It’s what any rational person would do, wouldn’t they? I mean, why subject yourself to long days, short nights, physical exhaustion, fear, and perhaps even financial insecurity if you don’t love something?
Quite frankly, the only difference between the “ones who made it” and the “ones who didn’t” was their ability to hold on, and your ability to hold on, is in direct proportion to how much you love what you are doing.
Take a personal inventory of your thoughts & emotions, and find out what you are truly passionate about. Once you’ve identified it, fight like hell to make it a reality.