Growing up, both of my parents were advocates of one phrase: Always do your best.
They said it about school, on the ball field, and about behavior. I heard it when I succeeded and when I failed.
“Did you do your best?” my dad would always ask me. It was a powerful question that rooted itself deep into my mind.
It made me fiercely competitive. It made me set incredibly high expectations for myself (and for others). Mostly it made me believe that no matter what, things will ALWAYS get better.
Nothing makes me feel more disappointed than knowing I was capable of a greater effort than I gave.
I am so thankful God blessed me with parents who instilled in me a desire to constantly improve and to go after my dreams.
Optimistic thinking plays a huge part in who I am as a person and how I approach my life. In fact, one of by business partners has labeled be as irrationally optimistic.
He’s 100% right. I am irrational.
I get irrationally excited. I take things irrationally personally. I am obsessive about things that most people can easily shrug off.
I believe that tenacity, faith, and intestinal fortitude (my version of courage) can get anyone through the hard parts of growth. Yes friends, growth is really hard.
Mostly I believe that anything can be accomplished if you take action, don’t give up, and keep an open mind.
Last, it’s so important to be your absolute best at the right things. You don’t want to find yourself on the successful side of a goal only to realize the cost was not worth the achievement.
Have big dreams. Take big action. And choose wisely.