“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you’ll be successful.”
Do you ever have one of those moments after you watch, do or see something that everything just clicks?
It’s like a culmination of previous moments colliding with ideas for the future. Everything matches up and finally make sense.
I’ve been having a lot of these moments, one was after recently watching this video. (summed up below the video if you can’t watch it or would rather read)
It’s a compilation of moments from the Spartan Race. the Spartan Race is one of the first adventure races that started appearing years back. Today there are several different types with different distances and obstacles.
I participated in the Tough Mudder and Warrior Dash back in 2011. The Tough Mudder was probably one of the most difficult things I’ve done. 12 miles of ice cold water, snow, mud and high altitude. After I crossed that finished line though… damn did I feel amazing and accomplished.
The adventure races are besides the point, the point is… How bad do you want to succeed?
As the video plays, Rap Preacher Eric Thomas, tells a story of an older man helping a younger man on the road to success.
He takes the young man out to the beach and has him follow him deep into the water. Once far enough in, the old man holds the younger man underwater to the point before he drowns.
Finally, the old man let’s the young man up. As the young man breaks the surface and is gasping for air, the old man tells him,
“When you want to breathe as bad as you want to succeed, then you’ll be successful.”
That statement spoke to me. Things started to click. It was like a reaffirmation to what I wrote in my previous post, Why Nice Guys and Gals DO Finish Last.
What am I doing that’s keeping me up? Why do I wake up early? What makes me forget about food (hard to do)?
Talking to people.
It’s believing in others to push themselves beyond what they think is possible.
More importantly, the lesson that came across from my parents, it’s allowing people to have respect for themselves and their dreams.
I say the word, “allow” because this is something that I notice people do not let others do, and I often catch myself doing.
Who am I to cast judgement on the dreams of somebody else?
From now I’m demanding myself and asking of you to allow others to find their breath in this world.
I don’t care if I come across somebody that thinks every person should have a breeding colony of maggots in order to be happy.
If they believe it, are passionate about it and aren’t doing physical or mental harm to anybody then let them chase it.
Will it be successful? Who knows, but even it isn’t, I would put money that what they learn from their investment in their passion will pay off tenfold in the future.
It’s not a matter of telling people how and why to live, it’s a matter of being open to the fact that they have something to live for.
My question for you is, “What do you breathe?”
What keeps you up late at night and going through the day? I don’t care how ludicrous you may think it is, I would love to hear from you in the comments below.
If you don’t feel comfortable commenting, send me an email. I would love to connect and talk to other passionate people and I promise to respond to every one of you.
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