“You got a dream, you gotta protect it. People can’t do something themselves, they wanna tell you you can’t do it. If you want something, go get it. Period.” – Pursuit of Happyness
There is this great story I heard a year back…and it is completely relevant to my life at this very moment. The story goes, a young man was waiting to compete in the state championship for wrestling, and before the match, his dad came up to him and asked him “You ready?” The young man answered, “Yeah, god I’m pretty nervous though.” The dad said “Why are you nervous?” The son answered “I don’t know, I’m just nervous! Leave me alone! Get out of here.” And the father looked at his son and said, “Why are you nervous?! This is the reward. This is everything you have worked for so hard! You can only be nervous when you know that you have not prepared as much as you should have and that is going to create a weakness in you…ready to be exploited by the competition! Don’t be nervous…this is your time!” The young man went out and won.
I have an interview in two hours with a company in Hong Kong. It is a pretty serious interview, and I have had to prepare a sales pitch which will be read after about 30 minutes of general interviewing or so. I put my heart and soul into this…and maybe I will post it later…but the message I have to keep reminding myself is exactly what the father said to the son before the match. This is my moment. Because there really is nothing else I can do at this point to be more prepared. And I think this relates to life and each of our endeavors significantly.
We all have goals…we all have monumental things we want to accomplish. Some may be weeks, months, or even years down the line. But if we don’t give it our best effort each and every day, we will come up short when it is time for the reward. The big interview, the big test, the huge competition…that is the reward. That is the time to show the world you. It is the time to let all the effort you have put in be transformed into one final hurrah. The weaknesses have been found and they have been worked on till they became strengths. The blood sweat and tears have gone into every training session, every page, every moment…always keeping the end in mind.
I put myself through hell at the gym today. But what was todays focus? Keeping the end result in mind and having pride in my work. Not the negative consequences of ego…but the positive effects of pride. Pride in what your stand for, pride in who you have been during challenging times, and pride in your actions…the true litmus test to your character. Because at the end of the day, the results never lie. There is a great quote that says that “you will either have the result, or the reason why not.” Do everything in your power to get the result.
So I sit here watching the sun go down and the view turn to shadows, and I realize that it’s not a nervousness that is in my stomach…its an anxiousness to perform. I am ready.