Sunday, September 8, 2013

"Soak it all in. It's a game you can't win. Enjoy the ride...."

“Mind is all that counts. You can be whatever you make up your mind to be.”-
Robert J. Collier.

      “People used to laugh at me when I walked around tracks trying to pass out my business card" professional race car driver, Carl Edwards has often recounted. Even though pursuing his life long dream presented struggles and uncertainties from the beginning with patience and endurance he has managed to witness his racing career flourish. Edwards inspiring story is just one of many talented athletes, writers, authors, musicians and entrepreneur's  who persevere despite obstacles they may face. If you have a dream you must be focused and doggedly determined. As long as you live you are capable of trying. Dreams are what keeps us all going. We are stronger and more capable than we think or ever allow ourselves to imagine.
     The now notoriously famous and brilliant director Steven Spielberg supposedly dropped out of high school, re-entered and was then placed in a learning-disabled class. Only after moving to a new city and getting into a better school did he finally graduate. Shortly after he was denied entrance into the film school at the University of Southern California, not once but twice. In spite of these setbacks he went on to direct some of the biggest blockbusters of all time such as E.T, Schindler's List, and most recently the Oscar winning Lincoln.

   Michael Jordon is widely considered one of the best and most admired athletes of all time but few people know he was actually cut from his high school basketball team.

     Renowned author, J.K. Rowling of Harry Potter fame was penniless, divorced, raising a child on her own, suffered from depression and depending on welfare to survive before she became one of the richest women in the world in a span of only five years. Through her hard work, determination and belief in herself and her own dreams her books will live in the minds and hearts of millions.
     We have to know and understand what makes us happy in order to keep our dreams alive. What is your definition of success? Don't let anyone else define your dream for you. And when you feel like you are unsupported or filled with doubt, quiet your mind. Inspiration is every where from the book passages you read, the songs you hear, the people you talk to and the events you attend. Listen for it. Look for it. Believe in yourself. Never give up.