Are you where you want to be in life? Do you have hunger?
My friend was told he would never amount to anything in life. He was told he was “not smart enough and a troublemaker”. He found his own personal hunger and became a surgeon.
Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star because his editor felt he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”
Oprah Winfrey was publicly fired from her first television job as an anchor in Baltimore for getting “too emotionally invested in her stories.”
Steven Spielberg was rejected by the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts multiple times.
Who has never been rejected? C’mon, it’s not fatal. Rejection is the best ingredient to conquer hunger.
As soon as you get out of your comfort zone, the journey to life begins. God said to Abraham and Sarah: “Leave your country, your family, and your father’s house, for the new land that I will show you” Genesis 12:1. Can you imagine how Sarah felt when Abe came home and said, “honey pack up the house, we’re moving?” And then she probably said, “say what, where?” And then Abraham, says, “I have no idea.”
In chapter one of my book A Strange Path to Freedom, I share my challenge to pass the real estate exam. I failed the first time around. It was my own fault, I elected not to attend class and found reasons to go to the movies instead. It’s interesting, I can’t remember the movies I saw, I only remember I failed the test.
The second time I was hungry because I wanted to change my life. Becoming a real estate broker would give me the freedom to schedule my own time and allow me to be part of my children’s lives, including baseball games, cheerleading competitions, sibling rivalry, and dirty laundry. Who wouldn’t want to miss all that?
We love to hear inspiring stories authored by famous people, but what about you, what about us? We learn and grow when we share stories and personal experiences with others. Participating in the hunger conversation is a source of contribution for others, who may be struggling in similar situations. And for those people who have to keep up a public appearance or false identity, I say to hell with private agony!
Where does your motivation come from? What do you do when you want to give up? How hungry are you?
Les Brown, motivational speaker, author, radio DJ, and former television host speaks about his own personal experience “When it Pays to be Hungry.”