“When you want anything as badly as you want oxygen, then you shall have it.”
There are so many people in today’s world looking for answers. Yet they are looking for an outside source to provide it to them, or for them.
There is no such source!!
For this, let us go to one of my heroes, Leonardo da Vinci.
Da Vinci only slept 2 hours per night. He said there were “just too many things to get done.” Highly successful and productive people get much less sleep than most.
Never let it be said of you that you slept your way through life. The fact is that most of these people who change the world get less sleep than the masses. They just have way too much life to live and things to accomplish!
Leonardo’s mantra was “Ostinato Rigore,” which loosely translated from Italian to mean: Stubborn, relentless practice; Tenacious work!
Tenacity and relentlessness are what it takes and let no one convince you otherwise. Period!
Even if it means missing sleep, Netflix, weekend outings, vacations, TV serials, IPLs or ISLs, or any other time waster that does not take you one step closer to your purpose.
If your Netflix watch list is longer than your list of intentions and goals, you are in trouble; and you are selling your potential and your soul.
When Michelangelo was carving David, he lived in a dusty studio with a small bed and his 14 foot tall block of marble. Just him and his David to be!
For over two full years, young Michelangelo rarely left this dark and dusty room. He rarely even stopped to eat. He slept for only a couple hours per night, leaving his boots and clothes on, so that when he woke up he could get up and about his work.
He carved the greatest sculpture in history; and left David amongst his legacy.
If you knew how hard I worked to obtain my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. ~ Michelangelo
You do not want to play at this level, Right? That is okay. Most do not. I am not here to tell you what you “should” do. I am only here to tell you the truth of what you must be willing to do to become great.
Becoming masterful and great is not easy. It is not supposed to be easy. If it were easy then everyone would do it and no one would be great.
Like David, the things that are most valuable in life are the things that are scarce and rare.
A diamond was once an ordinary lump of coal that withstood a lot of pressure. Most do not make it. They crumble. Let that not be you.
Be relentless. Find your genius and purpose; and then give every single thing you have. Every moment, every breath, every ounce of energy from this day to your last!
Let it not be said of you that you slept your way, TV’d your way and football’d your way, or vacationed your way through life.
Leave a lasting legacy and impact on the world. The world needs you right now.