I was flunking out of college. I had a 1.7 grade point average. I hope none of you can relate , I was seating in my mother’s beauty shop , and I am looking in the mirror and I see behind me this woman under the dryer and every time she looked up , everytime I looked up she was looking at me , just looking at me in the eye . I didn’t know who she was and She said ” Somebody get me a pen, get me a pencil, I have a prophecy ” March 27th ,1975 , she said “Boy , you are going to travel the world and speak to millions of people” Now mind you I flunked out of college , I’m thinking about joining the army , I didn’t know what I was going to do and she is telling me I’m going to travel the world and speak to millions of people.
Well I have travelled the world and I have spoken to millions of people but that’s not the most important thing , the success that I had the most. The mot important thing is what she taught me and what she told me that day ha stayed with me since . I’ve been protected , I’ve been directed, I’ve been corrected . FAIL BIG , that’s right .Fail big , you only live once , so do what you feel passionate about , take chances professionally , don’t be afraid to fail .
There is an old IQ test which was nine dots and you had to draw five lines with a pencil within in this nine dots without lifting the pencil, the only way to do it was to go outside the box , so don’t be afraid to go outside the box , don’t be afraid to think outside the box , don’t be afraid to fail big , to dream big , but remember dreams without goals are just dreams and they ultimately fuel disappointment. So have dreams but have goals ,life goals , yearly goals , monthly goals , daily goals . I try to f=give myself a goal everyday and understand that to achieve these goals you must apply discipline and consistency . You have to work at it everyday, you have to plan everyday, you’ve heard the saying “ We don’t plan to fail, we fail to plan”
Hard work works . working really hard is what successful people do. and in this text, tweet ,twerk world that you have grown up in , remember just because you are doing a lot more doesn’t mean you are getting a lot more done. Don’t confuse movement with progress.
My mother told me “ Yeah because you can run in place all the time and never get anywhere.” so continue to strive, continue to have goals , continue to progress and anything you want want , good, you can have , Go claim it , work hard to get it , when you get it , reach back ,pull someone else up . Each one , teach one don’t just aspire to make a living , aspire to make a difference .