October 22, 2015 by Jeff Lowen
H.L. Hunt, a man who rose from a bankrupt cotton farmer in the 1930s to a multi-billionaire when he died in 1974, was once asked during a TV interview what advice he could give to others who wanted to be financially successful. He said only two things are required. First, you must decide exactly what it is you want to accomplish. Most people never do that in their entire lives. And secondly, you must determine what price you’ll have to pay to get it, and then resolve to pay that price.
Wow! How simple is that?
Many meander through life at a job or vocation and occasionally wonder how they got there. Until the next distraction occurs. Which by the way, according to recent studies*, is every two minutes. It appears that we’re teaching it in schools: College students are interrupted by text message, Facebook posts, tweets, Snapchat and other social media content and cannot resist. These studies show decreased attention to subject matter and their test scores prove it! We are all so distracted by the bizillions of messages, ads and the myth of multitasking that it’s all becoming commonplace.
Have you decided exactly what you want? Has it changed? Has it changed again? What matters is that you decide. Doesn’t matter if you’re 25 or 75. Pulling the age card is an excuse. Read the story of Anna Mary Robertson Moses, or Grandma Moses. She wanted to paint all her life. She began at age 78. Her work, Sugaring Off was sold for $1.2 million in 2006. Excuses are easy. Decide what it is you want and go for it!
The second step is just that: Decide to go for it.
Pay the price, be uncomfortable, endure the pain, embrace the adventure… However you wish to label it, what are you willing to do to create an amazing life for you and your family? Is the lure of graduating school, finding a job, getting married, having children and raising a family motivating you? Fantastic! Be incredibly clear on what that looks like. If you desire something else, what does that look like? If you were living it right now, and you started your day in that life, what would you be doing? Who would you be? Do that. Be that.
Need help? Ask. Those of you that know me, have heard me say more than once, if you don’t A-S-K, you don’t G-E-T. Be curious, speak up, be a voice. Set the example for your friends, family, children, community and your world.
I am on a personal quest to bring more of H.L. Hunt’s first step into perspective a little better into my life. Which by the way, bleeds right into the second step. Perhaps it’s time to write your story, and live… Really live your life.