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To be successful, you have to make a decision. A firm decision is a commitment. We live in a society where people don’t want to make commitments to an idea, to school or whatever. They just want to be free and do whatever they want to do whenever they want to do it. That’s how a lot of people are rolling. I’m not going to pass judgment.
What I will say is if you live a life like that then at the end of your life, there probably won’t be a bunch of people at your funeral. It’s not because you’re a bad person. It’s because you didn’t plant any seeds. At the funerals I’ve attended, they said amazing stuff about the people who passed away.
I read this book a long time ago and it said to imagine the end of your life and how you would want your book to read about your life. Essentially, if you don’t make a decision and you don’t stand for anything or make any commitments, you’re not going to have that at the end of your life because what you do today dictates what’s going to happen later on.
Also, speaking in terms of making a decision and in terms of life and death, you don’t know how much time you have. There are many people who put things off. They say things like, “I’ll do it next year. I’ll do it in five years. I’ll do it in six years.”
My dear dear friend and business partner died at the age of 47. She ate healthy and did all the right things and died of colon cancer. What I’m saying to you is if you have a dream and you want to do something, the time is now. The time to make that decision is now, because you have no clue if you’re still going up the mountain or on the other side. The time is ticking away.
As I look back, the regrets I have aren’t the regrets I thought I’d have. For the most part if I had an idea and I wanted to do something, I went with it. It’s a different kind of thing. There aren’t a lot of regrets.
If I had kept that stable job forever, my regret pile would be ten feet high. I’m not telling you to do anything radical, but what I’m asking you to do today after you watch this video is pull out a piece of paper and write down your goals. Then make a commitment to do whatever is on it. If you want to learn a new language or start a business, do it. Put it on the list and make a commitment to do it as soon as possible.
I know I don’t want to be taking my last breaths with regrets. There are going to be some regrets in living life. Ok. These things happen. You’ve got a choice. You can have a long regret list or it can be really short.
Don’t be afraid to make a decision. Don’t be afraid to fail. Don’t be afraid to move forward with something you’ve never done. You’re never going to become good at it unless you actually step out and try it.
I would rather you go out and try and stumble and fail versus sitting back and not trying it. I’ve got people in my life who have been working on stuff for 4, 5, or 6 years and strangely enough I’ve built a business in less time. What I’m saying is I’ve built a business in three years and for 5 years they’ve been thinking about building a business. Stop that shit.
Affiliate yourself with people that motivate you. There are tons of people out there. You need to take action with a sense of urgency.
There are a lot of people out there in YouTube land and on Facebook and the internet that really helped me a lot. I give and I turn around and people are throwing stuff at me. It blows my mind.
You’re not going to reap anything if you’re not sowing anything. In my view, this is how the world works. You give and you get.
In the past three years, I’ve gone through this big change in my life with my circle of friends. I noticed something today at the funeral. The group I have now is super quality. It’s like the quality I was used to when I was growing up.
I grew up in a little town in Alabama. People were concrete. They were solid. If Mr. Jones said he was going to do XYZ, he would do it.
I can’t stand flaky people. They drive me crazy. I feel like if you say you’re going to do something, then you should do it. If you can’t do it, then I expect you to at least explain why not.
I grew up in a neighborhood that was poor to middle class. A lot of men in my neighborhood were really responsible. That’s where I got a lot of my values from.
Imagine if in the process of chasing your dream that it puts you in a position where you have to give and give. You’ll be freaking amazed at what happens to you on the other end. It will blow your mind.
What I’m saying is you need to get started on what you want to do. You need to start right now with what you have and where you are. The perfect time is right now.
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