This morning as I sat down in my seat on the plane to Chicago, I thought about you. There in seat 13J on a United 777, I sat thinking about your life and your dreams and what little I know about them. But how committed I am to seeing you achieve them. After all, as I often hear echoing in my memory: you are designed for accomplishment. You are engineered for success. You are endowed with the very seeds of greatness. Zig Ziglar said that, and it rings true for me about you.
The real question for you is what you are doing -- or not doing -- about your dreams.
As I sat there on flight 908, I thought about the questions I get about my life, and I thought about this e-mail to you. I thought about how many of you ask me questions like, "You seem to ski all the time. I wish I could get out and ski as much as you do."
So do it. If it is part of your dream, make it happen. If it's not, don't bother. Don't waste your time wishing on a star. Decide what you want and then go and do it.
Maybe you're like the small child I heard a couple of weeks ago. She was sitting in a restaurant with her father and grandpa having breakfast. Sometimes she was quiet, but a lot of the time, she wanted something different. You can hear her in your own mind if you listen hard enough.
She was whining.
"But, Daddy..." she'd complain, "I don't want to!"
"Grampa, I don't want it!"
We expect this from little ones, but even with them, after a while it's too much. It's time for Dad to take her outside and help her understand how life works.
You know, many people never learn how life works. Parents don't take their kids outside and teach them about life. Maybe your parents never taught you. If not, that will get in your wayHere's the first step to your dreams: No one owes you anything.
This is essential. If you don't get this, nothing else will ever matter. You'll whine and complain, and life will never be what it can be.
And that's a tragedy. Because life is amazing. It's a blessing every day, no matter what happens. You woke up this morning and drew a breath. You did nothing to deserve that breath, but you drew another and another. You opened your eyes. Your brain works. And far more is going on in your life than that. Regardless of how you see it, you're living in a miracle today.
And no one owes you anything.
Start there. That's the first step toward your dreams.
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