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Hard Work

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I don’t go out much. I don’t spend a lot of time with my friends. I only have a handful of close friends anyway. Most of them are related to me somehow. You get older. Your circle of friends gets smaller. Watch out if it gets bigger. They’re probably not all friends. You will have many friendly’s. Friendly’s are fine. They’re not friends though. Friends are people you’re exposed to. Make sure you know the difference.

I work a lot. Many of those times I’d rather be at home alone with my wife. My kids want to be there too for some unknown reason. I haven’t quite yet figured out their intentions. Maybe they’ve conspired in secret to drive us mad. The baby must be the mastermind. No one would suspect her.

I do work a lot though. My wife wants things. I want to give her things. I want her life to be better. My kids want things. My kids need things. I want to be able to give them what they need. So, I go to work. A lot.

Sacrifice. That is how success is won. There is one thing that determines success. Discipline.

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You have control over little

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Seriously, it was 76 degrees. The sky was blue. The wind was light. I just left Expresso off Reynolds and Brownstone Avenue. I wanted to go to Russ’s car wash. They were closer. I have all-wheel drive though. Russ’s conveyor doesn’t work with all-wheel drive. So I went to Expresso. I don’t know why I gave you all those details.

I had just washed my car. That’s the point. I went to pick up something from home. Might’ve been to pick up a small human who looks just like me. I got back to my car not 10 minutes later. There it was. Right under the window trim.

In that moment, I had to choose a single reaction from no less than 100 possible reactions. Most of them involved strong language and things that would physically hurt my body. There was only one reaction from that batch that would make my life more enjoyable. I could just clean the window. But I probably picked from the 99.

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Because somebody must tell you

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I don’t know everything, but I know this much: Until you’ve decided to go all-in on your dream and have taken bridge-burning steps towards achieving them, you will never achieve them.

This theme is echoed in many areas of our lives. In traditional wedding vows you’ll hear the lines

…forsaking all others… as long as you both shall live.

I’ve been to a number of weddings, as you probably have also. And so, we grow desensitized to what these words actually mean.

Until your dying day, this is the life you will live. This is the path you’ve chosen. This is the disease that plagues you. For better, or for worse. The path to achieving a dream is not common. It’s very unusual. Nobody will understand it. Most people will never achieve their ultimate dream and that’s probably why they have so much time to turn up every weekend. And, that’s ok — dreaming keeps us alive. But for you, dreaming isn’t enough.

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