After two years in college, I did what most billionaires did. I dropped out. I remember a buddy from high school called me up one day and said, “Wanny, you need to come out and listen to this guy speak.”
I didn’t have anything to lose. My choice was to either sit at home watching reality TV or go listen to some guy speak. Next thing I knew, I was in a room with three hundred other people and a businessman in a three-piece suit was on stage. The only reason I stuck around was because I wanted to be like the guy on stage, I wanted to be an international businessman. Back then, anyone with a three-piece suit was an international businessman in my eyes.
In the middle of his speech, something happened; I began to feel a tingling up my spine from hearing his stories of overcoming adversities and challenges. Goose bumps formed all over my body. The speaker didn’t realize it but, at that moment, he awakened a sleeping giant. I told myself I wanted to do that. I wanted to get on stage and share my stories, too. Most of all, I wanted to give people goose bumps.
Then I thought, for anyone to take me seriously I needed a track record. I needed to be successful. Up to that point I had nothing to show for myself. I had dropped out of college and my English wasn’t perfect. Rather than pursue my speaking career, I was out chasing success and dollar signs.
Throughout my journey I have climbed high and fell on my face many times. Only at rock bottom was I able to dig deep within and ask myself what my purpose in life was. What was I put on this earth to do? Once we find our purpose, success becomes easy for us. I discovered my purpose was to share the message of hope. It had been my calling fifteen years ago. But rather than taking the necessary steps and actions toward a speaking career, I spent fifteen years chasing dollar signs because, back then, my perception of success meant I need to be monetarily rich.
When I began to work on my why, the how and what start to take shape. Doors began to open and they opened wide. All we need to do is step inside.
Without the why, we will never find our true calling. It’s the why that gets us up in the morning, it’s the why that keeps us fighting when we are down. Define your why, because once you do, the next step is easy; take action each and every day to work toward your goal. If you want to write, start writing. If you want to speak, start speaking. Whatever your goal may be, as the Nike slogan says, “Just Do It.”
We all have a story to share. Somewhere, someone is thinking about writing a book. In order for that book to take a shape of its own, you must take action. Start writing one page a day. Like when you’re working out, you keep the momentum going when you don’t stop. You feel great and have more energy at the end of your workout than when you started. Writing is the same way. The hardest part is beginning, but once you do, it’s hard to stop. Your thoughts become clearer. Your mind begins to throw ideas out to you; words begin to flow effortlessly.
Looking back, one thing I’m glad I kept all of these years is my notes; notes I had taken throughout my journey in the real world. I have stacks and stacks of notebooks, some from twenty years ago. One thing I noticed as I reread what I had written, shocks me to this day. After high school I wrote, “To motivate and inspire people.” You see, ladies and gentlemen, the seed was planted over twenty years ago. Begin seeking from within to find your why, and then run with it.
If you have dream of writing a book but haven’t begun: start today. Don’t wait fifteen or twenty years to begin chasing it. Do it now. Take one hour a day and begin writing. You might not become a New York Times best-selling author, but the reward that comes from your accomplishment is worth its weight in gold.
Until next time, I wish you great health, happiness, and a prosperous year.