Hi there and welcome to my first blog post. Let’s get right into it. Everyone endures some sort of physical labor in their everyday lives. Whether you are an athlete who is in the weight room and the practice field day-in and day-out or have a desk job that works for hours without rest. Physical labor might come in different shapes and sizes.
We all know the importance of physical ability when it comes to performing. Yet, there is one thing that we all need to perform that way we are supposed to. We’ll get to that in a second. First, let me tell you something about myself. I have been athlete for most of my life now and have always put great importance on my physical condition. The better condition your body is on the better you will perform, right?
Well, that's a tricky question. As important as it is to be in exceptional shape to be able to perform at your best, it is only about 50% of what maximizes your performance. And now we get to the part you have all been waiting for. What is that one thing that we all need to perform at our best? It makes up the other 50% of your performance ability. It is a little something called, mental strength and I’ll explain where this comes in a little bit later on in the post.
We are fortunate enough to live in a world full of great accomplishments. We have the ability to communicate with anyone from anywhere in the world. That is in fact, how I am communicating with you right now. However, all these amazing accomplishments would not have been possible if we didn’t have dreamers. You see, for something to come into existence, you need an idea or a dream. That dream is a goal you would like to accomplish one day. We all have dreams and we would all like to make those dreams a reality. The bigger you dream, the more work it will take to make it a reality, but it is never impossible.
The most successful people in the world didn’t get to where they are today through chance. They had huge, almost impossible dreams which they made a reality through hard work and dedication. Let’s take Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, for example. He was a college drop-out and co-owner of a failed business. Yet, he never stopped chasing his dreams and today he is one of the most influential and successful businessmen in the world. Another great example is Albert Einstein. When he was younger he was unable to speak fluently which led to his teachers thinking he was slow. Did he let that get to him fulfilling his dreams? Heck no, of course not! He is seen as one of the greatest scientists and smartest people to have ever lived. Can you imagine if these people allowed others and their inner selves to influence them negatively? How different and boring would our world be without dreamers? No technological advances, no cars, no going to the grocery store to buy food for the week. Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon and richest man in the world, used to work at McDonald's when he was younger. Instead of slacking off during holiday times, he used to work on improving his company. This has led to him becoming the richest man in the world today. Some of his closest friends thought he was crazy and would never succeed, but he didn't let that stop him from becoming one of the most successful men in the world. The biggest difference between successful and unsuccessful people is attitude. Some say they can't, while others say they can. Both are absolutely right. It's all about your perspective on what is possible.
They have found a way to make their dreams a reality and they were most certainly not successful on their first try. They weren’t afraid to fail. We have to realize that there is no shame in failing. The only way to succeed, is through failing. Michael Jordan, arguably the greatest basketball player to ever step foot on the court, is an amazing example of someone who wasn’t afraid to fail. He said: “I have missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I have failed over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.” If you want to be successful in life, you have to be willing to do whatever it takes to make that dream a reality. It might take hours, days or even years for you to be able to sit back knowing that you have accomplished everything you ever dreamed of. You might not get it on the first try, you might not get it on the second try. Heck, you might not even get it on the 100th try. You just have to keep on pushing.
I cannot guarantee you will make all your dreams come true. The road to success is a long road with many twists and turns and even more obstacles. It's not supposed to be easy, otherwise everyone would do it. I want to leave you with one very important thought. Remember, if you stop trying you will never succeed. But, if you get back up every time you fall, you become stronger and stronger mentally. Life is like a tennis match. If you don’t get the ball over the net, you have no chance of winning. Yet, every time you do get the ball over the net, your chances of winning gets better and better a little bit at a time. Don’t ever give up on pursuing your dreams, no matter how many times you fail. You will fail, but that is after all the way to success.
Dream. Dare. Succeed.
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Hi there! My name is Rudo Loock. I am a former competitive swimmer from South Africa. I went to school and trained at Florida State University in the United States of America. I have always had a great passion for both writing and sport and now I have found a way to combine the two things I love most. My goal is to help you achieve great things you never thought were possible. I hope you enjoy my posts and dream big!