Written By: Andrel
For those of you who remember the unbelievable D-Rose glory days of the '10-'11 NBA season, you may be very familiar with the video below.
"Why not me? Why can't I be the best player in the league?.. I think I work hard, dedicate myself to the game, sacrifice a lot of things at a young age.. "
In my life thus far, I've found in talking to people that there is an underlying, unspoken perspective held by some that making sacrifices regularly and relentlessly while pursuing a goal is reserved for a select few among us. Many people I've come into contact with live with the philosophy of "just getting by" and satisfying all immediate desires today with minimal regard for how it will impact their future outlook, direction, and goals.
One thing that I have prided myself on is being able to forecast a direction I am looking to go, planning several years in advance the steps that I will need to take in order to get there and unwaveringly sticking to that plan. One small example of this is a number of years ago when I told Kryzia the plan for us to acquire properties. One of the pieces we needed to get in place was our credit scores. From that point onwards, I researched what we would need to do to get there (through online resources like this one). We ensured that we meticulously took care of all of our debts on time and that our spending habits aligned with the goal. Along that path, a number of people would question me and poke some funny jabs at us because I was very particular about what I would choose to spend on, especially relative to where they perceived our income earning status to be.
I have experienced that sometimes the overt/covert judgment from others on occasion has had me second-guess my choices in pursuit of my goals. As my objectives began to materialize from the thoughts in my mind to the physical world, not only did it build on my inner-confidence that I was on the right track, it also resulted in me receiving less negative/skeptical questions.
The rhetorical question posed by D-Rose of "Why not me? Why can't I be the best.." is one that anyone in any field with a strong vision and with the willingness to make real sacrifices should ask. They should use as a vehicle to drive them forward. I've just begun my journey and I can say that I've started seeing that the harder I've worked is the luckier I've been and so I try to ask myself often: "Why not me?"