how bad do you want it?

Each day I study. Each day I write. Each day I think.

Sometimes it’s something as simple as a line in a movie that catches my attention.

Sometimes half my day disappears into my education.

It’s not always easy and it’s not always fun.

Take today, I spent 4 hours studying finance…and let me tell you, after the first hour or so I had to force myself.

So if it’s not always easy and it’s not always fun, why do I keep at it?

Simple – I have a goal. A very clear goal.

For years I thought that my goal was to help Japanese people learn English. I was good at it. And I loved seeing my students grow in confidence.

But like most people, I had never really sat down to think about what I wanted out of life. I just assumed that I should do something I was good at and I enjoyed.

It wasn’t until a few years ago that I realized that it wasn’t teaching English that I loved but helping people succeed.

I loved being able to transform people’s lives. To pass along ideas in any shape or form that might help them live a better life.

Today I’m doing just that, just on a larger scale.

I’m no longer just an English teacher, but an entrepreneur, an author, a speaker and an educator.

Today I am able to share ideas on a number of different topics that pertain to success mainly self-development, time-management, marketing, and finance.

These 4 concepts are going to be the 4 pillars of my future iSucceed seminar which I intend to start in late this year.

But that’s me. That’s my dream.

What about you? Obviously everyone reading this post or my blog has their own dreams and aspirations.

Regardless of what you want to achieve in life, I think we need to continually ask ourselves one important question in pursuit of our dreams and that is, “How bad do you want it?”

The thing you have to remember is that you’ve got to want it.

And I mean, really want it.

If not, chances are you won’t make it.

I used to think I wanted to be a fluent Japanese speaker…but one day I realized that was not what I wanted so I shifted my focus elsewhere.

I thought about turning pro as a magician…but again realized this was not my calling and decided I was happy being an amateur.

I wanted to become a 13a rock climber, but stopped way short.

The point is that there are a lot of things that I wanted, but I didn’t want them bad enough. As a result, I stopped. And that is the mistake that many people make in going for their dreams.

I’ve said it before, but the difference between those who succeed and those who fail is that the people who fail are the ones that give up.

It’s remarkable how much you can accomplish if you just keep going.

I was reminded of how bad you’ve got to want success watching the video below and listening to Eric Thomas describe success.

It’s a powerful story and the video that goes along with fits it perfectly. We all see the superstar score the winning touchdown and assume that it comes easy for them. Not so.

They put their sweat, blood and tears into achieving their dreams.

And if we have a dream, we should be willing to do so, too.

Adrian Shepherd

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