Here is a message for everybody. Everybody. We all have the ability to improve. All we have to do is make the choice. We get to choose to become better.
It is because of this reason that I have come to love listening to podcasts. Last week I listened to Ed Mylett interview Terrell Owens. I remember watching the Hall of Fame receiver, but I never heard of the struggles he had growing up. He didn’t grow up in the best of situation, yet he made the choice to not let it hold him back from realizing his potential. He chose to improve himself and that choice combined with a top-notch work ethic resulted in him being one of the greatest receivers of all time.
Earlier this week I attended a dinner party and had the opportunity to speak with a celebrity chef. Much like Terrell Owens, he too discussed his tragic childhood. I listened in awe as he described the environment in which he grew up. Yet despite the cards being stacked against him, he became a well-respected chef. And then, at the age of 30, he had a stroke. A stroke at 30. When I heard that, I asked him a simple question, “Did it give you a greater appreciation for life?” His answer was a resounding yes. Now at the age of 32, he has lost about forty pounds. He manages his stress. Instead of becoming a victim, he chose to be victorious.
There is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that’s your own self. –Aldous Huxley
The pessimists out there will not like your odds. They will say your chances of success are slim if not non-existent. Don’t let them be right. Defy the odds and realize that you have the ability within yourself to become better. It won’t be easy, and that is fine. Don’t let your environment define who you are. Don’t let your past get in the way of your future. Start with making the choice, and then work your tail off to make it happen.