There’s always a price for the prize.
The question is are you willing to pay it?
Let’s face it, life can be very difficult sometimes.
Okay, maybe a lot of the time.
Easy and great do not co-exist in the same space.
There are a million and one people out there peddling some type of “easy.”
If you buy in, nearly anything can be accomplished with “just one small tweak, three easy steps, or with the help of this some technology or insight.”
I for one am not buying.
I trust you aren’t either.
Don’t wish for easy. Easy is an illusion.
Life is not meant to be easy, it’s meant to be meaningful.
If it were easy then everyone would be knocking it out of the park in their life; and they’re not.
The most recent Gallup Poll tells us that 71% of the people surveyed are unhappy, disengaged and uninspired in their work.
If you read my blog frequently, you’ve heard me reference the 71% Club numerous times.
I’ll keep reminding you so that do whatever it takes to steer clear.
I want to help you solidify your place in the 29% Club.
The 29% of the population that commits to mastery, greatness and purpose in their own unique way.
For that reason you might not like what I have to say.
The dreamers certainly don’t.
And you might disagree with my view.
If everybody agrees with everything you say or do then you’re probably not doing anything great.
If everybody loves you and agrees with you
then you’re most probably not doing anything great!
But I will always tell you the truth as I see it—always!
And be forewarned, my position might change over time. I’m always learning, growing, studying, practicing and experiencing.
I encourage you to do the same.
So once again, there’s always a price for your prize.
This is true regardless of what your prize is. Irrespective of whether it’s for a life well-lived and full; or for a life full of mere existence and emptiness.
There’s always a price. Only you can decide what price you’re willing to pay.
Please read that again.
Adversity is your greatest ally.
The challenge is that most won’t step up to it, confront it, and stay the course.
Now here’s the good news in the above.
When you are willing to take on adversity fully and completely, you automatically admit yourself into an elite group of individuals.
You automatically dilute the playing field.
The air is rarer and the competition thinner.
While the dreamer is looking for the quick fix and easy hit, jumping from this ‘latest and greatest’ to the next, the master is getting up and at it; and doing the work.
Look, for me, office hours start at 4:30 AM.
The alarm goes off at 4.
Most that I tell that to gasp and swallow hard.
Most are not fully committed to their own mastery.
You must be more committed to self-mastery
than you are to your own comfort and convenience.
There’s a price for greatness.
Please always remember the above truth.
And if anything is worth doing it’s worth being great at it. If there’s no chance you can be great at it you shouldn’t be wasting your time doing it.
I recall when I was going through my own personal Tsunami. I was losing my business, my home, my life savings, my so-called friends (what an eye-opener), my reputation; and I was simultaneously being indicted.
It seemed to be more than I could bear.
In a near breakpoint I was lamenting to my Zen master friend, “I just can’t take it anymore!”
He replied, “Yes you can!”
And then followed with, “Ask for more.”
I won’t spell out the expletives that flooded my mind in that moment as I thought he was completely lacking in compassion and understanding.
He was right.
I could take more.
And I did. <The Price of Greatness>
Once again adversity is you greatest ally for it brings out the best within you.
You learn and grow the most in the crucible of challenge.
Step up to it. Lean into it. Don’t waste it.
I challenge you right now to be one of the few who do versus the many who talk.
Pay the price.
Stay Awake, Love Life, and Be Epic!