I was talking with a good friend of mine named Kevin this past week and he was telling me about his plans to pursue a project that has been consuming him for some time. He has a burning desire to help children. Homeless kids, hungry kids, sick kids, orphanages, etc. He really has an outstanding vision and is committed to making a difference in the world. The only words I could think of as he told me of his plans were, “awesome, dude!” Me, of the limited vocabulary…
First off, I thought it was incredible that he was basically deciding to set sail and follow his heart. That kind of stuff always thrills me. But also, it reminded me that true passion is what actually makes things happen in this world. I’m stoked for him, people! He’s going to do some big things. (And of course when he does, you can say you read it here first. Hee hee.)
We often hear that “one person can’t make a difference”, but I think that’s just plain old crazy-talk. In fact, that type of limited thinking is an absolute poison to our communities, our culture and our world. It only holds us back of course to the degree that we buy into it. The bummer is, there are a lot of folks buying into it.
Well, my friend isn’t buying! In fact, he told me that he has committed to his task, and is all-systems-go at this point. I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking, “I’ll drink to that!”
He was telling me about the struggle it has been to get to this point in his life, and I’m wondering if maybe a bunch of you out there have experienced or are experiencing the same types of things in your own life. If so, I’d love to be part of helping you push past it and get you on the road to achievement, like Kevin.
Here’s what he shared with me;
He said that he has always been a dreamer, and has more than a head full of ideas running through him at any given time. But he was raised to believe that you need to work hard to be successful and forget about your silly dreams. This created major conflict and struggle for him because his dreams were the only thing that really made him want to get out of bed in the morning. Can you relate yet?
He was also raised to believe that you just need to make money and then you will be happy. But making money just for the sake of making money doesn’t always lead to happiness. In fact, (this is my two cents in italics, strategically interjected here) if the money isn’t tied to passion or purpose, it will only serve as a means to more unhappiness or more instability or more of whatever it is you are trying to escape. I say, follow your heart and do what makes you tick, and the fame, fortune, money, or whatever it is you need to be happy, will always follow!
So very recently, my friend made his transforming decision. And this is one of those truly life-changing decisions. You know, the ones you point to years later and go, “yeah baby!” Here it is: He decided to stop listening to anyone that was a negative influence on him, and only surround himself with positive people. Sweet, right? He has officially quit listening to anyone who would put down his dreams and is plugging into the people who share his vision or people who have accomplished some of the things he wants to accomplish. He decided to start the process of what I like to call achievement by association. Now, of course there is a lot of blood, sweat, and tears that go into any worthwhile endeavor, and he knows that. But, making the choice to hang out with cats that are on the higher level and that are big thinkers and big doers is what gives you the juice to get there.
And so this week, Kevin was on his way to Washington D.C. to meet and talk to someone who may have the exact resources that are needed in order to start bringing his vision to life. So I ask you, how extremely cool is that? (In case you’re wondering…no, he didn’t visit the White House).
So now I want you to imagine what it would be like if you were able to eliminate the most negative influences from your life. How would things change if that person who always seems to come up with a reason why you can’t do something was suddenly and permanently put “on mute”? Sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? What about those dreams and desires that you have, those things that make you feel inspired and give you the goose bumps? Why haven’t you pursued them? Is it because someone else told you that you couldn’t or shouldn’t? I would challenge you to take stock of those wonderful ideas that you have floating around upstairs and consider them carefully. Don’t ask for help or advice unless it’s from someone positive, or someone who can give you the feedback you need without putting out the fire. Get those dreams out there…write them down…get excited about what accomplishing those goals might feel like. One person can make a huge difference. Kevin certainly knows this. Anybody else out there feel like changing the world?