My wife Gretchen and I went to an amazing leadership convention this past weekend and I realized why it is so important for us to swim against the current and be different from the norm. I have rediscovered that anyone can truly be successful in all areas of life if they are just willing to change themselves first.
My wife and I have chosen to go down a different path that most consider to be not so normal and for the longest time we struggled with this. Everyone kept telling us things like "that's stupid", "you're crazy", "that will never work", or "it can be done but it's hard. I don't know if you can do it so maybe you shouldn't try." All this tells me is that most of the people you know who dismiss an opportunity that offers freedom from a job within a few short years and the ability to make more money than one can at a traditional job just don't get it. In their minds they are protecting you, but the reality is they are stifling the potential that exists within you.
That is why we have to do this. We want to be different because we don't want the same results in life that they have; we want better results in our own lives. Why wouldn't we take advice from those who have the results in life that we want. Why would we take advice from those who are around us day in and day out when they are just as bad off as we are or, in most cases, worse.
We strive to be different and dream big, set goals, and plan our life out. We are choosing to be great students, to have a willingness to learn from those who have the fruit on the tree, and to do the best we can. We are going to give 100% because our childrens' futures depends on it.
We know this won't be easy - success isn't easy. It's hard work and won't happen over night. It will take some time to build, but we don't care because we have a reason and a purpose for doing this.
I'm not afraid to work hard. I just want to be rewarded for those efforts. This gives us the opportunity to do just that and we are going to take this opportunity and run with it!
God bless, Scott Johnson