I just got back from a trip to England and Italy and I always find traveling as the best medium to get inspired and let my mind wander.
Below are some thoughts I wrote down during my trip:
Good vs. Great:
The threshold between good and great is small. I’m close (to either). This drives two things: 1. An unwavering self-belief that I will become great if I continue to make the necessary sacrifices and commit to mastery of my craft and 2. A humility and inherent understanding that greatness is not the result of me but the result of faith, the support of loved ones, luck and opportunity, hard work, and sacrifice.
I think when you’re young and naive, you don’t realize the potential you have. The first step toward greatness is internalizing that you can indeed become great. Every single person has the opportunity to be great at something. Some are afforded more opportunities than others, or are set up for success more than others. But everyone has a chance.
If you want to be great at something there is a choice that you have to make. We can all be masters at our craft, but you have to be willing to make the sacrifices. I’ve found that very few people are willing to make the sacrifices necessary to become great.
Present vs. Future:
You know those times where you are trying so fucking hard to figure out what’s next and you lose track of being in the moment? I feel like I fall into that trap a lot. Looking ahead to what’s next, dreaming about what X years from now looks like, and pondering the future at the expense of breathing and living in the present.
The present is the greatest gift. The opportunity that is today. Not yesterday or tomorrow. But today. Living in the moment. Taking it one day at a time.
It’s a balance though because living in the present too much leads to not allowing your mind to wander and dream. And living in the future too much leads to wasted opportunity in the present.
Foundation vs. Safety Net:
I find one of the greatest gifts in life is mentorship. I can’t imagine where I would be without the tutelage and mentorship of my parents, teachers, coaches, brothers, and friends. As I’ve grown older, I’ve committed to investing in others - in the hopes that I’ll inspire them to grow and realize their full potential.
However, inspiring others is a daunting mission because sometimes I feel the weight and responsibility of having to WILL them to where they’ve expressed (or I envision them) going.
But, I can’t carry that burden. It’s not fair to them or to myself. What I’ve started to realize is that it’s less about me willing them to victory and more about me serving as a foundation to support them on their journey to find themselves, discover their self worth, and unlock their potential.
What I’ve started to learn is that it’s actually more of a hands-on role than willing them to victory because it requires the ability to exercise discipline and patience and understand when to step in to catch them and when to let them fall so they can learn from that and grow stronger.
Mentorship is less about being a safety net trying to catch that person every time before they fall and more about being there as a constant and as a consistent voice in their ear to let them know I hear you and am here for you.