January 20, 2012 by David
It was cold and early, two things that really do not go well together. And when I say early — I mean EARLY. It was almost nine o’clock. If you’re in college, you feel me on this one.
My day had started pretty much like yours probably does most days. I woke up, checked Facebook, took a shower, checked Facebook, had some breakfast, watched TV while intermittently checking Facebook, and then I went to class. I sat there slumped over my notebook really just wishing I could go back to sleep or at least not be in Management, which is not (contrary to popular belief) the most engaging class in the world. You can relate to this feeling, yes? And this was my first class of the day, so things did not look too promising. But Management is my major so I had to listen. My professor Craig is a pretty interesting guy, so I thought I would go and talk to him in his office later and get to know him a little better. We talked about school, majors, activities, and I brought up that I was not exactly sure what I wanted to do for a career. I know what I want to accomplish, I know what mark I want to leave, but I don’t know how to do it. In the course of our conversation he brought up this quote from Denis Waitley:
“As long as we are persistent in our pursuit of our deepest destiny, we will continue to grow. We cannot choose the day or time when we will fully bloom. It happens in its own time.”
My professor gave me one of the most profoud pieces of advices I have been given in college thus far. Stick to your passions. Even if you don’t reach your goals tomorrow, or next month, or next year — with courageous persistence you can get there.
This week, I want to encourage you to do more of the things you love and do less of the things you dislike. Live life with a passion. It rubs off on other people. Do things that scare you, go out on a limb, ask questions, take a risk in honor of your dreams. Approaching life with the intensity of passion on your side opens every possibility and makes possible every opportunity. Make this week count.