Voltaire said, “God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”
Ever wish you could be someone other than who you are? Ever been in a Starbucks, shopping center, office, restaurant, sporting event, or out and about and noticed someone, gender doesn’t matter, who was dressed like a million bucks, drives a car you would die to drive, much less own, had a swagger that tells the world who they are and how they feel about themselves? Ever think, “Wow, I wish I was like him/her.” Or, “I wish I could afford that lifestyle.” Or, “What I wouldn’t give to be wealthy, a shaker and a mover, and have control over my life, rather than work for a living.” Of course, unless you were born with a silver spoon in your mouth, you and hundreds of thousands of others have had those thoughts at one time or another.
Generally, those snap judgments are based on unfounded assumptions. How much more intriguing would it be if you asked the question, “I wonder where he/she came from and what did he/she do to achieve the persona that has me mesmerized?”
Thinking back, I have a distinct memory that comes to mind, and it’s stayed with me for almost 20+ years.
One evening during my night shift at the motel I used to work for back in 1992, I ended up checking in a guy around 3AM and as I handed him his room key, he kindly asked me where the best place was to park his car. Curious as to why he was asking, considering there were parking spots open around the entire motel, I told him he could park it in front of his room. As I followed him outside to point him in the direction of his room, I saw his car and realized he drove my absolute dream car (back then) and I was mesmerized for at least a few seconds, but it really felt like I had been staring for hours.
After I snapped out of my trance, I asked him if that was his car and he humbly nodded yes and told me that’s the reason why he asked where he should park. In that moment I felt not only inspired by his humility, but more importantly how kind he was for allowing me to check out his car, as he could tell I was a fan. Unlike most people that would usually feel envy over his success, I felt completely opposite for some reason and I decided to offer him two side-by-side parking spots in front of the motel office so I could keep eye on it for him.
That night I sat outside the office and watched his car, positively admiring it and dreaming up plans in my head of how one day I would have that car. The next day he offered me a few minutes of his time by giving me some real life advice on how he monetized opportunities that came across his life. Perhaps the most important advice he gave me however, was what helped me to become a millionaire today. Although it sounded a simple, it penetrated my mind and soul to this very day in an ambiguous way.
If your WHY (dream) is big enough, the how’s don’t matter as you’ll find a way to make it happen!
Although I do not know you and have never met you, I am convinced that if you really want to take total control of your life, where you came from or your station in life has little to do with that person you would like to be. I have been fascinated to discover that many of those people we instinctively admire were staring hopelessness and despair in the eye before they took their fist step on the road to success.
If you are interested, stay tuned…