I often seem to get inspiration from all kinds of places and today is no different. I often wonder why the world is so fascinated with zombies. They seem to just wander through life with no real purpose or sense of being. It is amazing to see how many people seem to imitate this action in their own lives. So many people seem to be on auto pilot and just seem to let life happen as it may along the way. Very few seem hungry enough to attack life.
- I believe that there are 5 or 6 really big decisions that most of us will make in our lifetime that will forever change the course of our lives. It isn’t apparent at the time but as you look back 5, 10 or even 20 years you can see how your life was altered based on a certain decision. One of my favorite songs is “Lose Yourself” by Eminem. The very first line is “Look, if you had one shot, one opportunity to seize everything you ever wanted, one moment, would you capture it or just let it slip.” This is the attitude that I try to maintain as I approach new situations. You will never know if a certain opportunity was that one opportunity if you didn’t give it 100% and see where it takes you. I try to approach every new opportunity and every new relationship as it could potentially be life altering. The first time I ever met my current business partner was when I was working for free. I was at a new store opening in Surprise, AZ and I approached that opening (not even being paid to be there) as if I was a partner in the business. I treated every minute of my time there and made every decision as if it were my own restaurant. I would be among the first people to arrive every morning and then I would be among the last people to leave at night. It was those few crazy weeks that led to the start of an amazing business partnership.
- Sometimes the decisions we make are based out of fear and we tend to make those decisions from a defensive mindset. Decisions made from a defensive mindset are usually very limiting decisions. They tend to limit the risk but at the same time they limit the potential upside. I find it much more challenging, yet potentially more rewarding, to make offensive minded decisions. So many great things can happen when we step outside of our comfort zone. One thing I have found to be true is that you cannot change people. As much as you may like to or think that you can, it is really up to that person to change. For people to really make a monumental change they must be to the point where the pain is finally to the point where they decide to change. They play defense and wander through life until they finally get knocked out.
- Challenge yourself to look back and see if you have made some life altering decisions in the past. Look at your current situation and ask yourself, what if this is your opportunity? What will you do moving forward to go all-in? Five years from now you may look back and say that it wasn’t but that is a lot easier to live with than saying it could have been. I never want to look in the mirror and think that I let something slip by.