Everything you want comes at a price, and your ability to obtain it depends on two things:
- Your awareness of the sacrifices you’ll have to make
- Your willingness to make those sacrifices
An example to illustrate:
When I decided to become an entrepreneur, I bought the biographies of Michael Dell, Richard Branson, and dozens of others. As I read through their stories, I paid special attention to what they had to give up to get to where they are.
I didn’t care about the rewards. I didn’t care about the little tips and strategies they used. I cared about the sacrifices.
After reading the books, I made a gigantic list of them, and then I asked myself, “Are you willing to make the sacrifices to become a successful entrepreneur?” At first, I wasn’t sure. The price seemed awfully high, and let’s be honest: sometimes you pay the price, and you still don’t get the result. It was frightening, depressing, enough to make me reconsider.
Ultimately, though, I decided to go for it. I committed to a 10-20 year roller coaster ride, put all other commitments on the back burner, and started working 12 hours a day, seven days a week, dedicating myself to my company, heart, mind, and soul.
How about you?
What do you want in life? What sacrifices must you make to get those things? Are you really, truly willing to pay the price?