I want to start this excerpt by asking you, do you have a dream? I have a dream and most people do. If you don’t know what it is, I suggest you look at what makes you the happiest in your life. What do you dream of? What scares you when the thought of failing comes up? What would make getting up at 5:00AM worth it for you? This conversation, in my opinion, is the most important one of your life. It will determine whether you live a happy life or spend your days making someone else’s dreams come true (i.e. your boss). What makes America the greatest country to live in is the fact that any individual can become whatever they want to be if they put in the work. With that being said, your work ethic will determine how far you will go with your dream. If you are lucky enough to find what it is that makes your life worth living, you must pursue it with every fiber in your body. There will be naysayers that will tell you that your dream will never be fruitful. If you can push that out and decide that you are going to pursue this, you must be ABSOLUTELY RELENTLESS. Know that your closest friends and family will be the first critics you encounter. This is part of the process, sadly. You have to know that it isn’t necessary for them to be behind you, you must see your future in your mind before it comes to fruition. Then, when you can see your future, you must attack every day with all the strength you can muster. There is no tomorrow as far as you’re concerned. Spend every minute you have striving for that goal. This is the only way to achieve what you are after, because timing is very important. Take chances and listen to your gut instinct. Furthermore, remember that failing will bring you that much closer to your goal. The most successful people in the world get up early and hammer out small goals repeatedly that get them that much closer to their dream. Being deterred is not an option. Write down your biggest goal and look at it every day, then set out steps to ensure that you get there. You must have a plan, and you must be in an all out pursuit every day the Lord gives you. You WILL fail, but that isn’t the time to give in. So many people have quit when they were so close to success. It took Thomas Edison 1,000 experiments on the light bulb to finally get it to work. If he had quit, the world would have missed out on one of the biggest life changers we’ve ever experienced. Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest NBA player of all time, was cut from his high school basketball team. It’s safe to say that he turned out to be a pretty good basketball player ;). The greatest achievers of all professions, had one thing in common. They were RELENTLESS! So, if you are just getting started or are about to quit, remember you must be willing to use all of your fortitude to get to your dream. Do not accept mediocrity and always shoot for the stars.
This post is for the people who are single and wondering what will happen next. We tend to live in a time where there’s a lot of people getting married and having kids very young in their lives. This is not a BAD thing whatsoever. As a matter of fact, if done right, it is the most beautiful part of life. With that being said, that is what this passage is about. Obviously there is no set guideline on finding “the one,” but here’s my stab at it, I hope it helps. I’m going to shed a little truth about my life, because if I’m not honest with you, then what credibility do I have? I have only been in a few relationships in my entire 25 years on earth, but what does that have to do with anything? I’m about to get to that. It wasn’t because I didn’t talk to a lot of girls, as a matter of fact talking comes pretty easy, thanks mom ;). Anyways, something I’ve found out in my short life, is that most people hate being alone whether they admit it or not. I myself, hate being alone. So consequently, people will get in a relationship on a whim because being alone sucks. I get that, I truly do, but here’s what you must realize. Can I really see myself being with this person? Did I give this enough time to know if this is a good decision? Here is what I think helps make this decision have its best shot at survival. Step one, take your time. This has been the hardest for me, because I am not a patient person by nature. If this person is right, they will stick around and see it through. Have faith in what is supposed to be. Step two, is this person a team player? This part is the most crucial to me, because I’m the type that is ambitious and wants to succeed in all facets of my life. Your partner needs to be your support system. They need to realize that your dreams were given to you for a reason. You owe it to everyone to pursue what you love, in order to be a light to guide others to do the same. Sadly, a lot of people you will date or may have dated, will try to talk you out of your dreams at times. The right person for you will know that this is something of the utmost importance and support you in your endeavor. Step three is something that I never thought of until my father told me. He told me to get to know her family because more than likely she will be very similar to them, especially as she matures. I thought it was crazy, but it is one of the truest things I’ve found. What you see in the parents will probably come out at some point in your significant other. By no means is this a bad thing, but it tends to be the case. With everything that has been said in this piece, I want you to know that your brain will help you in determining a lot of decisions in your life, but your heart is what true love is made from. I’ve followed my brain a lot in my life, but when I followed my heart, I found life to be richer in meaning. Be patient and look at the big picture. Do not waste your time or someone else’s because you are lonely. So, in closing, I want to encourage you to be patient enough to find who you’re meant to be with. Don’t be in a relationship for the sake of being in one. Find someone who you think about throughout the day, someone who pushes you, and someone you can’t see not being in your life. Most importantly, follow your heart and take risks. Love will always win in all categories of life. Have a good week!