I’ve been out of town on business this week, and last night we faced timed (video chatted). You were so excited to see me. You said “Hi di-da” and were grinning like crazy. You got a book and attempted to read to me, and it just melted my heart so much. I love you like crazy.
In most people’s lives, the things that they worked hardest for, or waited longest for, are the most gratifying. There are no shortcuts in life worth taking. You cannot become a multi-millionaire over night without hard work. You can not lose weight, or gain muscle easily and quickly. You cannot gain knowledge without putting in the time to learn it, understand it, and use it.
Pick a profession and there will be a person who is on top, and that person worked their tail off to get there. No one gave it to them, no one made it easy for them, but it was their hard work and effort over a long period of time that lead to their success. The best ballarenia in the world practiced thousands and thousands of hours. The richest entruepenuer had a brilliant idea, but had to put a ton of effort and most likely sleepless nights to ensure their rise to the top.
I get very little sleep at times in my life because I am working my tail off to chase my dreams. Dreams will always be dreams unless you put effort towards it. No dream is worth having if it is easily acheived. Success is not a destination, it is a continual reaching for greater dreams. Once you have stoped reaching for those new heights, then you begin your descent back down towards mediocrity. That may sound harsh, but that is a reality that the world does not want to believe. If I were to stop writing, and stop chasing my dream of being an author today… where would that leave me? I’d be just another guy who couldn’t finish a book. Another guy who might have some talent but didn’t put the time, effort, and energy into chasing his dreams. Talent unworked is talent lying dorminant. What is the point of having dreams or talent if we do not chase them or use them?
My advice to you Winslow, is to chase those dreams with fervor and tancity. My advice to you is to never believe the lie of immediate gratification. My advice to you is to never give up, and know that the journey will be long and hard fought. It will take sweat, blood, tears, and the overcomming of fears to reach your dreams, whatever they may be.
Yet… it will be so worth it. It will be worth all the pain and frustration experienced along the way. Those obstacles that you will face will be currency of joy when your dreams are reached. Then you will realize that you can do anything that you set your mind too. Because your mind will not be tainted in the false reality of immediate gratification. You will know that all it will take for the next step is some hard work. It won’t be easy, but it WILL be simple.
Life is never easy, but it is simple if you let it be. I do hope that you can take these princibles and apply them to your life and pursuit of happiness, because they apply broadly and are the foundation to success.
I love you sweet girl. Teaching you will be a long and hard road, but it will be worth ever moment to see you as a happy and thriving adult. Never lose hope in yourself, because you are your own greatest asset.
I’ve learned a lot of these lessons the hard way, but I hope that you can avoid a few of the bumps along your path to your dreams.
H= Home Run!
I= Immediate Gratification