100 Days to a Better You! – Day 20

Day 20 –


If you dont work for it, you are never going to appreciate it. A memory that sticks out in my mind growing up was when I asked my parents for a bicycle one Christmas. My father asked, “How are you going to pay for it?” I was stunned. Especially since I didn’t have a job; I was only 11 years old. I didn’t know how I was going to pay for it nor did I think I would ever have to; I actually expected them to pay for it. I thought he was kidding around but the look in his eyes confirmed that he was serious.

For 2 whole months I worked tirelessly trying to earn enough to purchase that bike. I knocked on neighbors doors offering to cut grass or wash their cars for a nominal fee; some took me up on my offer while others dismissed me. I even got together with a very good friend going door-to-door offering to do nominal chores like rake yards, take out trash and sweep front porches. I was willing to do anything because I was determined to have that bike.

On Christmas morning, I anticipated disappointment because I didn’t raise enough to purchase that bike yet I did give my father everything I had earned. I walked downstairs toward the basement and there it stood, a shiny black BMX 10 speed bike; it was a beauty.

I had no idea my father was standing in the corner as I admired my new toy. He looked at me and said “When you work hard, you get rewarded. Nothing in life is free. If you want something, you are going to have to work until you get it. Do you understand me?” I nodded my head to let him know that I understood.

I am more fortunate than most to have learned this valuable lesson at the tender age of 11; some people go a lifetime without learning this lesson. You’re going to have to do some unconventional things during the course of these 100 days if you want to achieve your must outcomes. Be prepared for it because there’s no way around it.

There are no shortcuts to success. If you want something bad enough, you must be willing to work like hell until you have it.

Keep working, your BMX bike is right around the corner.

To The Top!
Joe Paul

80 More Days!

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