If you have a strong why, you can survive any how.
Let that sink in for a moment. Do you have a why? Why are you striving to accomplish the goals you have set to accomplish? Why are you spending the time the way you currently do?
Two weeks ago I was leaving the Delta Sky Lounge in the Orlando International airport. My flight was about to board and I had just wrapped up a meeting. Luckily for me, I didn’t have my face buried in my phone and instead was listening to a podcast while I was walking out.
Just out of the corner or my eye, I saw someone who looked very familiar. Someone who I felt like I knew, but had to take a double take to make sure. Who was this person? The one and only Simon Sinek. Not everyone may know Simon, and if you don’t, you should.
He has one of the most famous Ted Talks, shown below. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly recommend spending some time to do so.
He just came out with another book I plan to read soon called ‘The Infinite Game’. Three years ago, if I were to see someone like that in an airport there would have been a 0 percent chance I would have stopped to introduce myself. This time, I couldn’t help myself. Just as Simon was sitting down at the lounge, I mustered up the courage to go up to him.
“Excuse me sir, are you Simon Sinek?” I asked without much confidence.
He turned to me and said, “Yes, yes I am.” I was amazed and kind of star struck. Never had I met someone of his stature before and had the courage to go up to them.
I proceeded to let Simon know how much I love all his work and thanked him for all the things he is doing. I am sure for Simon this interaction was a little weird, but I just wanted to say hi.
This quote is something that came to mind to post after this interaction with Simon. If you have a strong why, you can survive almost any how.
Let that sink in for a minute again. If you have a strong why, you can survive almost any how.
Ask yourself again, why are you doing what you are doing? Why do you have the goals and ambitions you do? How strong is your why? Are you willing to sacrifice the things necessary today to get you where you want to be tomorrow.
Surprisingly, this is something I have myself struggled with in the past. I knew I wanted money. I knew I wanted to not be the average Joe. I knew I wanted to do something good and special with my life that would be different than anything my family has done before.
It took me a while to figure out what my true why was. I believe my why is having the time freedom to do what I want, with who I want, when I want. I don’t want to be tied down to a 9-5 job making someone else rich. I want to set myself from a financial standpoint to be able to buy convenience. To me, that is the goal.
- Detail out your why. Be honest with yourself. There is no reason to sugar coat anything here. This is for your benefit and your benefit only.
- Don’t be afraid to go up to strangers and/or famous people and introduce yourself. You never know who you are going to meet.
- If you don’t yet know your why, don’t worry. There is no reason to rush. It will hit you when the time is right.
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