Today is Father’s Day and I wanted to share with you something a little more on the personal side.
As we think back over the years I would venture a guess that we can all remember something our father said to us. Maybe it was an encouraging word, a funny joke he ALWAYS told, the way he talked about his job, or unfortunately, maybe you remember the negative and discouraging words your father seemed to always speak.
Regardless, if you had the privilege of being raised with a father in your home, you were influenced by him in some capacity, good or bad.
I was blessed to have a great father and was positively influenced by him. Although we didn’t, and still don’t, see eye to eye on everything, I have many great lessons I learned from my father. And today I thought I would share just one.
I want you to read that several times and really receive it. All too often we think that success in life – whether that’s being a good father, having a great marriage, making a lot of money, or yes even being a good surfer – comes to those who are lucky.
And while this is true in some cases, the vast majority of success comes because you pursued it regardless of how easy or hard the pursuit was.
Having success in any facet of your life doesn’t happen unless you inconvenience yourself and get after it. Just like being a really good surfer doesn’t happen by sitting on the beach and perfecting your wax job. You have to paddle out, face your fears, and charge it.
I think most people can receive and understand that. Where they get confused is that they think the pursuit will come easy. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, will not be convenient or easy. It is a myth that you will get your “ducks in a row” and then be able to focus. So quit waiting for the perfect time because there is no such thing.
If you are going to achieve success at any level you must start pursuing it… now. Not tomorrow, not when it would be more convenient, and certainly not when you feel like it… now.
If you want to be a better father, husband, friend, businessman, and yes even a better surfer, inconvenience yourself today and move toward your vision, because if you don’t, you’ll be one year older when you do.
Happy Fathers Day to all you dads. Thank you for all you do.
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