There is something magical about being awake early in the morning, before the rest of the world wakes up. It’s slightly past six and I’ve just returned from my early morning run. The fresh air still lingers in my lungs and I can still feel it against my skin. Ah! It feels good to be alive! I feel empowered and liberated. I’m on an endorphin-high and my emotions are in a happy place. It feels really, really good.
But it hasn’t always been like this. I’ve had a pretty tough year, trying to get my foot in the door with my business. I remember my graduation day a couple of years ago. I sat amongst hundreds of fellow graduates and I, like I’m sure everyone else, thought that it was possibly the toughest thing I’ll ever do in my entire life. I was completely overwhelmed because at one stage I didn’t think that I’d ever graduate. My studies were heart-wrenching; it completely drained every ounce of energy from the depths of my core. But in the end, I won.
Entrepreneurship is tertiary studies on steroids. All those long hours and hard work you put into your studies, times ten. The main difference between the two is that when you put in the long hours and hard work towards a test or exam, at least you know it’ll pay off. You know almost for sure, that you will pass that module. However, with entrepreneurship, it’s not a given. And that is the heart-wrenching part. That is the very reason so many people give up before they become successful.
Stubbornness is not always a ‘negative’ attribute. Sometimes your unwillingness to give in is a necessity to keep you going for a tad bit longer. I haven’t given up because I’m too damn stubborn. Nowadays, I take it one step at a time. I think daily; What can I do to be a better contributor to this world? What gifts / skills do I have to leave this world a better place than when I arrived? And the answer always comes down to the same thing; I can write. That’s all I can do.
I’m not sure how yet but I know for-sure that my writing will somehow, somewhere inspire someone else to take action. That my writing will open a door for someone. That my writing will be the last piece of the puzzle for someone who has been working on that genius idea for years. That my writing will change the course of someone’s life. I really, really hope it will.
But in order for my writing to do that, I have to continue writing. I have to believe that someone is in need of the words that come from my pen (keyboard). Armed with this mind-set, I get up every morning and I pursue my greatest mission; to change someone’s life through my words.
What is your gift and how will you use it towards the greater good? How will you leave your mark? How will people remember you? Our time on this earth is finite, but our vision need not be. Make every second count.
Till next time, hugs and high5’s.