We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things,
not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that
goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills.
~ John F. Kennedy
What’s your personal moonshot?
What are you willing to do that’s hard?
Just because it’ll bring out the best from within you.
If you’re like most you have no answer.
Chances are great that you’re playing it safe.
Chances are great that you’re thinking too small.
Most people I talk with today want three things:
- They want something easy…
- They want a lot of vacation, weekends off and free time…
- And they want to make a lot of money doing both the above.
Success is hard. Find something you love.
If you don’t love it you’ll quit.
Like any sane person would.
~ Steve Jobs
Easy and great cannot exist in the same space.
Please don’t fool yourself otherwise.
Mastery and greatness take every-single-thing you have.
Most are unwilling to even think about a moonshot. Much less go after one.
Yet the world belongs to those who are willing to do the uncommon.
To take the bold action that most never will.
How about you?
Are you willing to destroy what you’ve created to allow the space for something greater to emerge?
For true life is lived on the edge of comfort; and fate favors the bold.
Live is lived pushing the edge of comfort;
and fate favors the bold.
Look, we live in the most exciting times in history; and you’re either going to seize it, or you’re going to become obsolete.
Things are no longer happening in linear and incremental fashion, they’re happening at breakneck speed.
Quantum leaps are customary.
Things can go from zero to Mach 10 in a heartbeat.
In the last 10 years the number of billionaires on the planet has more than doubled.
There has never been a time in history where you can
make such huge impact in such a short amount of time.
Seize the day.
Working hard is important. You must work hard; and so do I.
Anyone who is successful in the world works hard and long for that’s what it takes. But that being said, working harder alone is not going to be enough to create disruption and massive impact.
You can’t have a moonshot by working harder.
You have to reinvent and work bigger, smarter, bolder.
You have to give yourself a big chance.
At best, working harder can give you a 10% increase.
But a 10X increase will never come from hard work alone.
You can only get 10X more results
by doing things completely differently
than you’re currently doing.
Look, moving furniture and working construction is hard; and you can pull long hours. There’s nothing wrong whatsoever with doing those things if that’s what you’re called to do.
But again, working harder alone, and at the same old thing, will never qualify as a moonshot.
Look, I’m not qualified to tell you what you should do with your life.
But if you want to impact the world, you can’t keep doing
what you’re currently doing and do it harder. You have to reinvent.
Tear down the old and build the new.
Reinvention is hard enough in your thirties. It often feels next to impossible in our fifties. But reinvention is the mother of moonshots.
Reinvention is the mother of all moonshots.
If you’re going to survive in this changing world, you’re going to have to do the uncomfortable. You’re going to have to take a big risk; and give yourself a big chance.
And you may have a chance to thrive.
Remembering you’re going to die is the best way
to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose.
~ Steve Jobs
All you really have to lose is fulfillment and potential. All the things you think you have or “own” are lost anyway.
Like it or not they’re all going away.
But who you become, and the experiences you have last forever.
Are you willing to lose to potentially gain?
Take your moonshot.
Be a Leader. Live Your Purpose; and Take Your Power Back!