greatness hard work

There is greatness residing in you. 

However, greatness rarely emerges without a significant investment of time, energy, and emotion. 

Call it sacrifice, call it cost, call it an investment: you’ve got to give to get. Some of the things you will have to give up you should give up: Release your Fears, Blow through your self-imposed limits, Conquer your ineptitude. The choice between greatness and other things may mean making decisions between good, better, and best either permanently or temporarily.

I wrote a college textbook once; I disappeared for 3 or 4 months and remember pounding away on my laptop in the Rockies while my wife was out skiing. It was worth it though, a proud accomplishment. 

First year of law school was a bear; minimum 60 hours a week plus 20 hours to keep my business running. Fortunately, business required a different part of my mind space so it was a nice break. It helps to be blessed with an understanding wife. In law school, generally your entire course grade rides on the final. One exam. 3 to 4 hours. That’s it. You know it or you don’t. You’ve got to keep up; can’t cram that much in last-minute. The good news was that finals were spread over 10 to 14 days. About 10 to 14 days before exams started, I would go into what I called Zombie Mode. Nothing existed except the law. Morning, Noon, and Night. Law. Law. Law.

I would psych myself up for this sprint to the finish the entire semester. Truth be told, I almost enjoyed the single minded focus, having a laser purpose, knowing the subject so well I could walk in feeling strong and confident. Hit me from any direction, I got the answer. If I don’t know the answer per se, I’ll impress the heck out of you with my analysis. It was a good feeling and I loved it. I get a surge now just thinking about it over 30 years later.

The point is, you’ve got greatness in you too. Find your purpose, make the commitment, live your best life always. Believe in yourself, invest in yourself. Live Smart, Avoid Dumb, Don’t Sabotage, Think Positive Always.

I want you to live a happy and fulfilled life. 

As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier