The one who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The one who walks alone, is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been. ~ Albert Einstein
I’ve been laughing about this experience since it happened. How often do we just do what everybody else is doing. It’s easier than being different. People don’t understand different. They don’t understand why you would get up at 5am to swim when you could sleep for another couple of hours. They don’t get why you don’t know who won the latest season of Dancing with the Stars. They look at you strangely when you say that you’re working on your business on Saturday rather than doing… nothing? It’s ok to be different. In fact you get more out of life when you’re doing what you want to be doing rather than the same boring thing that everyone else is doing. So you just need to get used to the questions and the strange looks!
At the Warrior Coaching seminar earlier this month we were asked what we are willing to suffer for. It made me think. In fact, I’ve been thinking about it for the past couple of weeks. I have set my goals for the year and that’s great but now comes the hard part. In order to swim 365 kms in 365 days I actually have to do it! I have to get up at 5am and go out in the cold, brush the snow off my car, get into the pool and SWIM… sometimes for hours at a time. Would I like to stay in my warm bed for a few more hours? Yes. But I know if I do I won’t reach my goal. So I get up and do it.
So what are you willing to suffer for? What are you willing to give up or willing to work hard at to reach your goals?
You can do world-class work. Or you can please everyone around you. But you can’t do both. ~ Robin Sharma