One of the most powerful questions ever asked to me was "Why do I think I was put on this earth?"
It led me to REALLY ask myself why I'm here, what my legacy will be, how will I represent for my kids and be able to look them in the eyes and tell them to turn their dreams into reality. It challenged me to believe in what I was set out to do. I also put a large amount of intrinsic pressure on myself to turn my dreams into reality.
I kept replaying the scenario of my daughter asking me if she should take a BIG adventure towards her dreams and I would tell her yes, BUT, she then replies to me that I have NO right telling her what to do as I never left the town I grew up in, worked in the town I grew up in and basically played it safe ALL my life.
My fear of disappointing my daughter pushed me over the edge.
And, let me tell you, making life career choices is WAAAAAY different when you have a wife and 2 kids VS being single. If I was single I would have slept in my car and not cared, but for me to leave my teaching job of $ 94, 300 per year it was NOT so easy.
Now, here's where it gets tricky. Some of you THINK you're living the dream, but, in reality, you're NOT. You're going about it half assed. You're doing it part time and not pushing the envelope to turn things into full time.
Instead of spending time mastering your craft and getting your name out to those who would want to learn from you, you're wasting much of your time engaging in time wasting activities that will deliver NO pay off to turning your dreams into reality.
You're making BS excuses to give yourself the green light to NOT go the distance.
I still remember my first Orthopedic Surgeon, he ALWAYS asked me what I would do with my life, and when I answered that I would become a teacher, he said, "NO. You need to become a Doctor or a Lawyer. Whatever you do, you need to become the BEST."
Granted, he was partial to the Doctor / Lawyer gig, but, most importantly, he was REALLY partial to becoming my BEST.
I don't see any other way to live life, other than full out, doing your absolute best to turn your passions and dreams into reality.
I won't preach, my friend, you just gotta dig deep and go for it. Plan it out, lay the foundation and put the proper wheels in motion. You CAN make it happen. Trust me, I did it and I had LOTS of cards stacked against me, LOTS.
As they say, every over night success story has a 10 year history.....