May 2007...I'm 22 years old, in top physical shape, and filled with energy and enthusiasm for life. A man announces my name in the gymnasium at my collegiate alma mater, and I practically skip across the stage in my long black graduation robe to receive my bachelors degree in business.
When he hands me my diploma and shakes my hand I breath a huge sigh of relief, pump my fist, and think to myself "boomshakalaka!" It's the culmination of a 4 year journey spent wading, chest deep through text books, term papers, and exams.
Throughout school, especially college, I had to study hard just to get B's. I'm definitely not one of those fabled kids who you never see study, don't come to class, and somehow just show up on test day and get straight A's.
I'm one of the kids who had to actually read the textbook chapters, take notes in every class until my hand cramped up, and stay up all night studying just to stay afloat.
In other words, I had to work my butt off for the little piece of paper they handed me that day. I thought that diploma was the key that would open up the door to a great life and wealth that would be waiting for me.
Boy, oh, boy...was I ever wrong about that!
Over the next year or two after I walked across that stage life would proceed to smack me square in the face. Without a clear direction, life was a struggle. As famed motivational coach Zig Ziglar would say, I was just a "wandering generality." I became depressed because I knew I wasn't living up to my potential and couldn't figure out what my purpose in life was.
But through all of this, I always knew that deep down in my heart, I was a good person, and I had something great to share with the world. I just didn't know what that was yet.
Fast forward 5 years after graduation to 2012...
It would take the life altering event of my Dad getting a brain tumor, to make me realize what I really wanted to do with my life, which is to help people in need through Fight the Fight.
Since that day because of our hard work and our many supporters we have been able to do a lot of good for a lot of people. I believe FTF is making the world a better place.
The message to take away from this article is that there is GOODNESS AND GREATNESS in every one of us. And we need YOU to share your greatness with the world to make it a better place for all of us.
Don't be like me and keep it bottled up until something traumatic happens to you. Evaluate yourself. Find that one thing that you love. Then figure out how to make a living doing it by using it to help others in some way.
Here are a few examples to hopefully help get your thoughts trending in the right direction:
Love playing basketball?
- Become a coach, skill development trainer, referee, or create instructional/informational videos, books, and articles about it when your playing days are over.
Love helping people or animals in need?
- Start a charity, or host events/fundraisers to support the cause that is most near and dear to your heart.
- Start a car detailing business or auto shop. Start a car blog, write about cars, and earn an audience which will later be happy to purchase car-related products from you because they trust you.
These are just three diverse examples, but you can see the formula for success is virtually the same. If you are doing the thing you love and are passionate about, that is your GREATNESS, and that is how you will do your best work.
The world is now at your fingertips, and we need you. We need you to share your gift and passion with the rest of us!
"Your greatness is not what you have.
It's what you give."
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