Over the years I have met many great people who have found success in what they loved to do and some in which their careers they didn’t love so much.
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I saw these people had wisdom beyond my years and I wanted to know what they had learned. In many cases, these strangers all had two things in common when it came to overcoming difficulties they encountered. Everyone I had talked to had a, “What If.” A what if I took this chance, what if I went on this trip, or what if I chose a different career even if it did not pay as well. They all lived with one question; it was as simple as a “what if I did something different”. With the “What If’ also came another big part of life that held them back; fear.
They feared that if they chose a path outside the norm, their life would forever be ruined. That if they took a chance and it didn’t pan out as planned, they could never go back to a normal “guaranteed successful” life again. I did not understand why people were afraid. For me, I believed that if you took a chance and simply found it did not pan out the way you planned, you would still be in the same spot that you left off when you started. The only thing you may have lost is time, energy, and maybe some money, but what you have gained is the peace of mind knowing that you tried and it was not right for you.
If you ever get a chance to see the Grand Canyon, you will realize it is a great depiction of time. The canyon is so vast due to the rapid flowing Colorado River running through eroding it over millions of years. If you take a look at the amount of time you spend on this planet compared to the amount of time the river took to erode away the walls of the canyon, you will soon realize that our time here on earth is so insignificant in comparison to the amount of time that the earth has been around.
Try and spend this short amount of time being the best you can be as a person and living life the way you want to live it. You have your entire life to make money and your time should be spent doing what you truly love to do. Unfortunately, most of us will never find our true happiness. Why? Simply because the majority of us live with “what if” and “fear”.
I wanted more than just money; I had learned early that money would not make you happy in life. Some of the best things in life came in the form of memories. Memories cannot be bought and they cannot be taken away; they are always yours to hold in your mind forever, or share with anyone else you encounter. Life for me sometimes is all about sharing your stories, memories, and experiences. So what did I do? I set out to make memories that could last a lifetime and find what my true calling was. I set a goal that I was not going to settle until I knew deep down inside that I had found my true calling in life. So the journey began one step at a time, day by day, living, learning, and observing, and turning my dream into a reality.