We all have dreams and aspirations. We all have opportunities and setbacks. But the one thing that sets some people apart is their willingness to do whatever it takes to do what they dream of or want.
Without willingness to give it your all, to keep going, and to sacrifice, your dreams and aspirations will never evolve. They will only be dreams and aspirations in their simplest forms.
Willingness is a concept that we do not speak of often. Usually we are told or speak about “Just do it.”
But never do we ask -
1. “what are you willing to give up to make your dream happen?”
2. “What are you willing to do to keep going?”
3. “What are you willing to endure to reach it?”
And these questions are paramount in how we go about “just doing it.”
Because at the end of it all, if we do not determine the answer to these and are not willing to sacrifice and to keep going regardless of the obstacles, of what people say, and of life - we will be “just doing.”
We will be doing, reach a certain level, give up, and then realize “Damn, all this time vested. This was not for me.”
Also, as Indra Nooyi’s advice to her younger self: “Be careful about all the choices you are making.” Because every choice has an effect, and by understanding what you are willing to do will provide you the opportunity to avoid regret and/or heartache.
So before you go ahead and just do it, ask yourself the questions in this episode so that you know if this is the path to take or the dream to pursue.
Remember, we can do everything, but what are the things that are most worth doing?
Because time is one of the most precious, valuable assets we have.
We don’t get it back.
Use it wisely & that will bring you the most joy.
Excerpted from “Questions To Ask” Podcast and inspired by Indra Nooyi’s interview Women in the World Summit.
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