Like everything in life, as we start the process of doing what it takes to accomplish our dreams it so often is not accomplishing the dreams themselves that are the greatest gifts. It is the experience of chasing the dream where the gift really lies…it’s the journey, not the destination that we all need to learn to appreciate in life. Thanks to a gentlemen from California for sharing his story of chasing your dream and committing 100%.
A few times in my life I have been TRULY 100% committed. The most memorable was when I was in my twenties and decided to give up my job as a manufacturer’s representative in New York City and pursue my dream of being a bluegrass banjo player. Not too many kids from New York City wind up on the Grand Ole Opry or for that matter were on the old TV show Hee Haw … but I was going to give it my best shot. I quit my job, gave away my apartment and furniture, said farewell to friends and family (my parents thought I was insane), gave everything else away except what would fit into a backpack, bought a sleeping bag and a little primus stove, closed my bank account, and armed with $700 in travelers checks hitch hiked my way out of New York heading for Virginia, Kentucky, The Carolinas, Georgia, and parts unknown.
I wound up playing music as both a single and as a band member. I played from Provincetown in Cape Cod Massachusetts to Felton in Santa Cruz. I played one night with Bill Monroe, another with Doug Dillard, and one memorable “hazy” night I jammed in a hotel room with Dicky Betts and Greg Allman. The $700 seed money plus whatever I made along the way lasted for 7 years until I found myself sleeping on a friends pool table … dead broke. The dream was over but I gave it my best shot and what a dream it was. I turned that dream into reality.
The lesson I learned was that to be successful I had to commit 100%. Anything less would be a waste of time and an invitation not to succeed. I had to remove any excuses, any escape clauses, any reasons that would justify a lack of success.
My next “All In” moment came when I became a Realtor. Luckily for me I turned out to be a better Realtor than Banjo Player.
My message is simple. No matter what is you want to accomplish in life, if you really really want it, then commit 100% or go home!!!!!!
Commit 100% and make it a great week!
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