We’ve all thought it. “I don’t have the natural talent.” Or maybe it’s, “I’m too late to start, I’ve missed my opportunity.”
Oh the sorrows of a life living stuck.
We’ve all had dreams, passions, and goals. Whether we’ve come to discover them or not, most of us have a longing inside of us to do something with our lives. We want to put a “dent in the universe” as Steve Jobs once said. Though we all desire it, we don’t desire it enough.
We prefer ease and comfortability more than fulfillment.
We lie to ourselves by wasting hours and hours of precious time mindlessly watching television and cat videos, when we could be leaving a mark on the people around us.
We lie to ourselves by telling us that it is too late to begin to follow our dreams. “I should have started when I was a kid. All the greats started when they were young.” No. Stop it. The greats started when they recognized their passion. They did something about it. That thing or idea they were so passionate about was worth discovering and digging up more than the time they could have spent being comfortable in a life free of risks and hard work. Like James Victore once said, “You could be great if you were not so comfortable being mediocre.” YOU could be GREAT. Stop telling yourself you can’t. I don’t care how cheesy and cliche the quote is, but there is something so convicting and truthful about the fact that your only limitation between you and your dreams is you. You have to want it.
I once heard someone say that some people have gifts, and others have talents. Talents can be developed, but those with gifts can become lazy.
If you like something enough, if that one thing that inspires you and keeps you going each day, you will make an effort to obtain it.
Here’s another lie people believe. Those who are passionate about something will automatically be good at that pursuit. Do you think that’s how it is when you’re married? You love your wife but does that make you a great husband? No. Your love for your wife motivates you to be a good man, husband, father, worker, etc. You put in the work because of the love that is there. If you love something enough, you’re going to have to work really hard to make it your own – to leave a mark. But lucky for you, passions keep you going. You’re going to want to work at it. Put in all the hours. Take risks. Don’t make decisions that’ll always keep you comfortable and happy.
You know what? Sometimes you’re going to have to choose between what you value more. Do you value having a life that’s secure with all the money you can have, but yet your soul has been destroyed because you have no intrinsic meaning for the work you do each day? Or would you rather pursue something that wakes you up each morning and makes you feel alive by actually contributing something to the rest of the people around you?
So please, go on, get up and follow your dreams. It’s never too late. It’s a miracle that you’ve found it now instead of continuing on living the soul-sucking, dry life you once had. You don’t need to be Steve Jobs to be great. You don’t need to be a child to begin to follow your dreams. You need the awareness and discontentment of where you’re at, a drive to get you where you want to be, and a passion to work you there.
Heck, I’m still trying. And I’m still figuring out my passions.
Screw mediocrity. Let’s do something that matters.