I would like to break this winning formula down into “easy to chew” bite-sized chunks. In doing so, we will look at four smaller nuggets of truth. The first nugget is: “THE ROAD TO SUCCESS,” the second is: “HARD WORK,” the third: “DETERMINATION,” and the fourth nugget worthy of a closer look is: “PERSONAL SACRIFICE.” For our conclusion, I will ask, “Who will answer this call?”
Let us get started with the first nugget of truth, “THE ROAD TO SUCCESS.” The road to success starts within a heart that wants to be the best at something–a heart, mind, and soul that does not want to be ordinary, but extraordinary. Winners never look for the easy way out. They simply look at the impossible, and say to themselves to set their mind upon this lofty dream and chase after it with their whole heart. The road to success is narrow, and many will miss it because the road to failure is broad and easy. It is easy to fail. Do not work hard and do not have a dream–that is all it takes to fail. Yes, the road to an average, mediocre life is easy, but for those who have a dream, the road to success is another story. You need to really count the cost before you start down this road; think of what it would really take you in your fight to become the best. Oh, but the road to success is filled with life, happiness, and sweet, sweet victory! Are you ready to travel down this road to success no matter what the price? Would you get committed to achieving your heart’s desire today?
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Let us now turn to the second nugget of truth, “HARD WORK.” It will take hard work on the part of anyone who wants to be the best. How much work will it take? That depends on your final goal, or the greatness of your dream. If you want to be the best, then you are going to have to do more than others do. Are you willing to work that hard to be the best? Any ordinary person can stay ordinary, but those who will work hard, doing a daily routine, will become extraordinary people. There is no secret here and definitely no short cuts. If you will learn to reflect a spirit of excellence in everything you do, then hard work will become second nature to you. Make a name for yourself by being the best at everything you set your mind to master. Become a daily learner, a daily reader, and educate yourself in the area that you want to be the best. Listen, there is no easy way to accomplish what no other has done; it’s got to be through hard work.
“HARD WORK” is one element which will help you achieve your greatest dreams. The problem with young people today is that we want everything easy and quick. We have become a “microwave society.” We want success the same way; we want it right now and we want it the easy way. Sorry, to disappoint you my friend. If you buy into this type of method for success, then you are the one who probably buys lottery tickets hoping for your millions. If only you will come to realize that the odds of that happening are stacked against you…that those people make a lot of money from those tickets. There is nothing that pays off better than the good old fashioned HARD WORK! A farmer goes out and works hard to plant his crop. He waters it, weeds it, and even fertilizes his field. His, “hard work” will pay off at harvest time. If the farmer did not water, weed, and fertilize his crop, it would yield very little. All of this takes time; the farmers earn great rewards from their continual effort. With “HARD WORK,” you can expect to get that great reward you desire in your life.
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Let us chew for a while on the next nugget of success, “DETERMINATION.” Another word that fits this section is tenacity. Never give up on your dreams. Set your mind, soul, and heart upon doing everything necessary to actualize your dreams. Do everything necessary to become your best. Notice I said, “Your best.” Learn how to become the best you are capable of. “DETERMINATION” means that you look at yourself and make no excuses. As you find your weak areas, attack them to better yourself. If your weak area of life is reading, give up all your excuses and started reading everything in the area of your interest; and watch how the love for reading will be developed in you. Do you have problems in Math or any other of your subjects? Get over it, ask for help, and learn. Don’t be shy; don’t be proud. Never let your emotions have the best of you. Control your emotions and do whatever it takes to be the best.
“PERSONAL SACRIFICE” is next on our agenda on which to meditate. What will it take to become the best? What will it cost to achieve that goal? This section is really all about making daily choices to stay on the narrow road to success. Instead of another video game to exercise your thumbs, buy tools which will help you become the best. Instead of watching another seasonal movie, bury yourself in the right books. Instead of doing what you want to, do what is necessary to become the best. Use your time to do things that will bring you closer and closer to your God-ordained destiny on a daily basis.
I’ve been working and interacting with the youths for some time now, I see some who have no vision or plan for their lives journeying on the road to failure. However, those who will make the plans and make the personal sacrifices necessary to succeed, go on in life to be successful. Friends, keep your focus on the prize. Set your dream, your goal in front of you, and then stay focused on it. If you are a young person with no plans of marrying, at least, in the next 3 years, you have no business falling in love. You need to set that aside till you have sufficiently attained your goals in life.
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“Who will answer this call?” Those who dare to be the best and are positive will answer the call. Those who answer the call are not afraid of trying to become someone special, someone important, and someone successful. It is better to have tried and failed than never to have tried at all. Those will answer who want their life to mean something and want to be remembered for their achievements. “Who will answer this call?” There is a call going out to all. Will you step up and answer the call to be someone of excellence? Will you, can you, or are you going to step on to the road which leads to success? Very few people will answer this call. Will you be the one that will overcome all obstacles in your way as you travel long and hard down this narrow road? It does not matter if others will answer this call; what matters are your own deep convictions. Will you answer this call of life? One additional benefit is others may follow if you show them the way through your example.
I have answered this call in my life to be the best I was created to be. I have stepped on this road and have led many down the same road. You can come on board today…join this wagon of people who are overcoming all the odds to become the best they can be.