Today’s sacrifice is tomorrow’s gain. We’ve all heard that a hundred times. It’s a cliché. You have to sacrifice today for a bigger tomorrow. How does it apply to your current situation?
Do you really want to do what you’re doing? Do you REALLY want to do it? If you just want a job, go get a job and put this book back on the shelf.
You have to be in love with what you do. If you’re doing it for any other reason than the fact that you love it and want it, it won’t work. That’s the foundation of a persevering attitude.
Case in point: I used to live in a mobile home. It was a conservative setting. I’d get up early in the morning and go to work. In the evening I’d come home to my mobile home. One day when I returned I discovered to my horror that the mobile home right next to his was on fire. It was already engulfed and out of control. As fast as I could, I hooked up m garden hose to water down the roof of my own home, which I just knew I was going to lose at any moment. Just in time, firemen came and doused the burning trailer. My home survived.
Relieved if not somewhat stunned, I went into his home, sat down and opened the mail. The first letter was from the IRS, a notice they were going to audit me!
Was that a bad day? Wow! I nearly lost his home; now I had to face the indomitable IRS. What would I do?
What would you do?
I got up the next day and went to work as I always did. I was the first one there and the last one to leave. I survived the fire and I survived the audit. Why? I’d developed the habit of a persevering attitude.
This attitude of perseverance and resilience regardless of circumstances has to become a way of life. At the root of it is a passion for what you are doing. You’re not about to give up.
The older you are, statistical data show, the less likely you are to take risks. As you get older, you become inherently more conservative. It’s easier for older entrepreneurs to settle into what they have. They are less apt to reach out toward a greater tomorrow.
This is a universal norm. Perhaps you are the exception. There most certainly are exceptions to this, as there are exceptions to any kind of average pattern. We present this because we want you to examine whether your sense of “today” has become a way of life. Are you just accepting what you have or do you have a hope for a greater tomorrow?
Settle for the daily grind and your passion will fade. Fall asleep in the habits of routine and your creativity will dwindle. You’ll take fewer risks. Tomorrow may never be more than what you have right now.
The only way to avoid this, the only way to reach for significant success is to attack both the good and the bad habits with passion. Find and rekindle that which makes your hands shake until you can get to work. Get up, wake up, shake your head and look in the mirror! Are you satisfied with what you’ve achieved?
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Ron Sturgeon, Mr. Mission Possible, has been a successful business owner for more than 35 years. As a small business consultant, he can deliver wisdom and advice gleaned from an enviable business career that started when he opened a VW repair business as a homeless 17-year-old and culminated in the sale of several businesses he built to Fortune 500 companies.Ron has helped bankers, lawyers, insurance agents, restaurant owners, and body shop owners, as well as countless salvage yard owners to become more successful business people. He is an expert in helping small business owners set the right business strategies, implement pay-for- performance, and find new customers on the web.
As a consultant, Ron shares his expertise in strategic planning, capitalization, compensation, growing market share, and more in his signature plainspoken style, providing field-proven, and high-profit best practices well ahead of the business news curve. Ron is the author of nine books, including How to Salvage More Millions from Your Small Business.
To inquire about consulting or keynote speaking, contact Ron at 817-834-3625, ext. 232, rons@MrMissionPossible.com, 5940 Eden, Haltom City, TX 76117.