This is probably the worst advice piece I could ever write for somebody, because I’m still trying to figure things out myself. But what I’m beginning to realize is that the best thing you can do is take action and try something. If it doesn’t work out, it doesn’t work out.
Over the last two months I’ve suddenly found myself working as a freelance writer. My goal is mostly to be involved with athletes and I like to think that one day I can be the Oprah Winfrey of sports broadcasting. The thing is my physical limitations may look awkward on camera ( at least in my own opinion) and I don’t feel like living in the middle of nowhere to get started on the air, so I’m writing.
I’m about a month away from earning a full-time income that matches what I used to make as a bank telemarketer, yet it took me three years to leave the bank and have enough confidence to take some chances. It only takes a few moments to plan something and a split second to daydream about it, but it seems for most people it takes an eternity to actually make a firm decision and move towards what it is they want.
I remember once I heard the famous rapper Jay-Z talking to Oprah Winfrey on her show. He said something about how he didn’t know if rap music could really make him a lot of money or really be a viable career. One of his mentors convinced him that he should keep on rapping and today he’s regarded as one of the best of all time. There’s a good chance he’ll be worth over a billion dollars by the time his career is over.
I always knew that I was meant to be in sports and that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives. The making a difference in people’s lives part mostly came to me in the last few years, but I knew I wanted to be in sports since I was five years old.
That’s why I split my time between doing some motivational speaking and writing blog posts like this one, and writing, talking about and watching sports. I like to think I can juggle two careers, or maybe speaking really isn’t a career but just something I want to do in the community. Either way, selling extra credit cards at the bank didn’t get me any closer to any of my life’s goals, or my main purpose on this earth.
What has gotten me closer is a willingness to see how deep the rabbit hole goes. Succeeding at what you want in life isn’t just about making lots of money or getting to a higher level where everyone knows you are at the top, it’s about doing what you really want to do and not living with regrets about what you should have done.
The more you accomplish and the more you take action, the bigger the goals you can set and the more confidence you will have in pursuing them. Have you ever met a sports reporter and a motivational speaker who is also a rapper? These days I’m thinking I could give Jay-Z a run for his money even though I don’t have a lot myself. But then again, who is anybody to tell me, or you, what we can achieve?
If you believe you can achieve, plain and simple.