What is your Burning Desire?
I’m re-reading a book that was written in 1937, and is just as relevant in today’s tough economic times as it was during the Great Depression. The book is Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill.
“Every person who wins in any undertaking must be willing to burn his ships and cut all sources of retreat. Only by so doing can one be sure of maintaining that state of mind known as a BURNING DESIRE TO WIN, essential to success.“
I hear so many people talk about what they want to do. They wish they had more money, had a better job, owned their own business, had more time to pursue interests and hobbies, etc….
The sad truth is that for most people, that is as far as it goes. They are unhappy with their lives for whatever reason. They want something more from life and have dreams. But Monday morning comes and those dreams fade into the mist….and it’s right back to the status quo.
- The only people that will live their dream…are the ones that have a BURNING DESIRE.
- The ones that are ready to stake it all on a long shot.
- The ones that hold true to their dream….and know deep in their heart of hearts that they can make it a reality.
- The ones that want it so bad….they can taste it!
- The ones that leave themselves no way to turn back….because FAILURE IS NOT AN OPTION.
I’m one of those folks. You see, 7 months ago I walked away from a 6-figure income and a client that had been a thorn in my side for 2 years.
When I started my software business 13 years ago, my dream was to work from home 100% of the time. But somehow it never worked out that way. All my clients insisted that I be on site, and work on their schedule. I admit, the money was good….so I settled and fooled myself into believing it’s what I wanted.
Slowly but surely, due to the bad economy I lost all my clients to the corporate trend toward outsourcing. I was down to my final client….and he was driving me crazy!
I took a 1-month sabbatical in 2009, to try and grow a web design business that I’d been doing as a sideline since 2001. One month was too short a time to get enough clients…and I began to doubt that I could survive.
So I’m ashamed to admit that I took the easy road. I went back to work for this client from hell. However by the end of August, I was just as miserable as before my sabbatical.
It happened, I finally reached my limit, I’d had enough. Come hell or high water I was going to build my web design business and work from home..
One of the lessons from Think and Grow Rich, is that you need to be very precise and specific when you go after what you want. So I set the actual date that I would “fire” my client. On August 1st 2009, I promised myself that November 30, 2010 would be my last day with this client.
Not only that, but I promised myself that by December 1st 2011, I would have a successful web design business. The plan was to live on my savings for 1 year, and give it everything I had.
I gave myself no way of going back by not only burning….but BLOWING UP THE BRIDGE. I knew that if I gave myself no other alternative, no way to “fallback”, then I had to succeed. No choice right?
Fast forward to today….I’ve been living on my savings for 7 months, but in the last 2 months, my web design business has begun to take off.
So I’m working from home 100% of the time, picking my clients, and projects, and working on my schedule. I won’t make the kind of money I used to. As a matter of fact, I will probably earn 1/3rd of what I used to make.
I’ve traded the quest for the all-mighty dollar, for the quality of life I’ve dreamed of. I work about 20 hours per week and the rest of the time I play. I can drop everything I’m doing at any moment, jump on my mountain bike and go for a ride in the park.
Think about this:
Henry Ford was poor and uneducated. Yet he dreamed of the horseless carriage. When his engineers told him an 8-cylinder engine couldn’t be built, he told them, “build it”. He had an unshakeable belief in his dream and never let anyone tell him it couldn’t be done.
Thomas Edison failed more than 10,000 times, before he achieved success with the light bulb.
Last week I wrote about taking chances. My friend Mark wrote about never looking back. My friend JD wrote about committing to your ultimate lifestyle.
I hope these 4 articles inspire you to finally take a chance, commit to your dream leaving yourself no way to retreat…and never look back.