Almost all of my life I have been told I am crazy for going after my dreams.
“ Girl!!! You are crazy!! What are you thinking?”
“You can’t do that!”
“ You are putting too much pressure on yourself, why don’t you do something more practical?”
These are the types of things many of us entrepreneurs have heard many times. BUT, I am here to tell you that it takes a CRAZY person to live out their own dreams. Successful people will do many things that the average person simply will not do. As I have said before, CRAZY people are successful for a reason and I don’t mean this in a bad way! Here is why…
1) We take risks.
From my last video blog you will find that I often talk about taking risks. There is nothing more to it, other than you must be willing to put everything on the line in order to take the next step toward your bigger goals. You must not have fear of the future, just go for it! Crazy people do this often. We take big risks every once in a while and small ones on a regular basis. What is the worst that could happen? Better to live trying than to never try at all.
2) We work harder than most people.
This is true. While some people are sleeping, we are working. When we work, we focus and try to accomplish as much as possible in a 24-hour time frame. Our work ethic is like no other because we understand that there are thousands of people trying to do the exact same thing we are and we have to stay ahead of the game. We arrive early and stay late. We understand that all of our blood, sweat, and tears will all be worth it in just a matter or months or even years.
3) We have faith.
This is particularly a crazy chip to have in my opinion. Faith by definition is complete trust or confidence in someone or something. That someone is ourselves and that something is our dream. We know deep down inside that no matter what the outcome, our hard work is going to produce something larger than ourselves. There is no guarantee when going after a dream, it may or may not come to pass. But we have FAITH, that all will be well no matter what because we did our best. I struggle with this all of the time personally because I am a control freak and want to know the answers to all my questions, and I want to know them now LOL. I have to really stay disciplined and focused on my overall vision. When I put things into perspective my faith continues to drive my footsteps forward everyday.
4) We have a powerful vision engrained in us.
We with a crazy chip have an incredible vision that we can’t stop thinking about. It may have started as just a wild thought. But, slowly over time, the thought became an obsession. What if I started a business? What if people really saw value in my work like I do? What if I was able to build something different? The vision became so strong that it was no longer a vision, but a reality. This vision is such a powerful feeling, that even if you wanted to, you wouldn’t be able to forget it. I feel that God places a vision in each of our hearts and it’s up to us to bring that vision to life. Did I want to start a media/marketing company here in San Antonio?? Heck no!! Was I prepared, educated, and financial stable to do so? EVEN BIGGER NO! But, the vision pulled me so hard I could taste it! After some deep prayer, and encouragement from many mentors and friends, I was in business.
5) We are willing to suffer.
This is where most people really think we are crazy, and we are. Suffering through the hardest times of your life is quite the sacrifice. You are broke, don’t have a social life, often miss out on family time, no vacations, and continuously feel like you aren’t getting anywhere. This is where most people give up. They run to their safety net and take the easy route. That’s ok, only the strong will survive. For those willing to suffer, again, we know that all blood, sweat, and tears will be worth it; it is only a matter of time. You have to have the mental capacity to fight the good fight until you achieve one goal at a time.
6) We don’t care what others think.
That pretty much sums it up. We will do what it takes to go after our dreams and don’t even notice who is hating on us because we are too busy doing our thing.
7) We never ever give up.
We are willing to accept failure, fall down a time or two or three and pick ourselves back up again. Walt Disney had several failed businesses, but kept trucking along and before you knew it, he had an idea that hit BIG! Bigger than he could have ever imagined. Don’t live your life wondering what if.
ARE YOU CRAZY?
Bottom line, crazy people will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. So, with all that said, are you crazy? Are you crazy enough to drop everything and start working towards your dreams today? Some of you may not be, and that’s ok. God has a plan for all of us. BUT, for those of you who are crazy enough to achieve greatness, what are you going to do to make your dreams a reality? It all starts with one step at a time. Let me know how I can help.
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Jeremiah 29:11 “ For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”