Doing something significant is hard. That's why most people talk about it but few people achieve it. It will challenge you to your core. But the win often comes just when you want to give in and give up.
When I think of leaders like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Jeff Bezos, I am reminded that work worth doing is worth the cost. Each of these individuals had to overcome extreme odds. They fought back against a marketplace that thought it didn't need them, employees who didn't agree with them, and investors who didn't understand them. Their contributions have forever changed how we think about technology, cars, and retail shopping.
I’m lucky in that I’m always surrounded by brilliant students who want to change the world and believe they can do it. You can see the fire in their eyes, hear the excitement in their voice, and sense their passion for correcting injustice. I never want them to lose their edge, but experience tells me many of them will. Over time, many will compromise their passion for stability, consistency, and predictability until there is almost no room left for that light to shine through.
TO THOSE WITH A BURNING DESIRE TO CREATE CHANGE—AND TO THOSE WHO REMEMBER THOSE MOMENTS IN THEIR DISTANT PAST, I WANT TO OFFER THIS ENCOURAGEMENT:
Your light may flicker for a season, but it will never completely go out. No matter how long it’s been since you felt fully alive, you can feel that way again. Give yourself permission to reconnect with the revolutionary within and start working toward the change you want to see take place in the world.
You were made for a purpose, so live into it. Your destiny is found at the intersection of passion and opportunity. Live into your gifts and watch where that takes you.
Nothing is ever wasted. Everything you experience and endure is fuel for your journey. Use it to your advantage. There is no victory, if there is no struggle.
I want to encourage you to be grateful for the time and season of life you are in. You and I spend far too much time wishing for things to be like they were or hoping they will soon become what we hope to be true. The truth is, the only time we have is now. And when you’re in the midst of that struggle, you can only afford to think about what’s right in front of you.
Keep pushing forward. The breakthrough is right in front of you. All you need to do is persist. Those who choose not to accept their constraints nor be sidetracked by their struggle are the ones who are destined to do something so great, so significant, and so meaningful that they— and everyone around them—are changed forever.