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You Must Pursue Greatness If You Want To Achieve Greatness

Updated on August 27, 2011

It's Not Going To Come To You On It's Own

As my children grow closer to adulthood, often times I find myself uttering words that are meant to help them to become better people. You know, those catchy little cliches that we parents always pull out of the hat when we want to sound wise. Unfortunately, most of the time, my words of great wisdom fall on deaf ears. They are after all my kids. Why should they listen to me?

But, once in a while, in my infinite wisdom, I say something that even I have to question where I pulled it from. I mean, let's be honest, my track record of having a meaningful conversation with my kids where they actually remember what I said isn't the greatest. Those types of discussions are usually reserved for my beautiful wife who has gained their infinite respect and trust. And that's okay as long as I get my moments.

One of the more memorable moments for me was a recent discussion I was having with my then 20 year old daughter who was talking about wanting to pursue singing. Since she was 7 or 8 years old, she has been singing in our church and developed a deep passion for it. But, immediately after admitting her secret desire, she backtracked a little. She said she wasn't looking to do it as a career or anything, she just wanted to be able to sing for an audience that wasn't in a church.

Now I know most of us dream about having some kind of talent where it would carry us to fortune and fame. Even I have had those thoughts throughout my life. But it's different when someone actually has talent that has the potential to be great. My daughter has that potential. So like any loving father would do, I offered her a solution. I told her I would pay for a private singing coach and after some time, we could see if it would lead her to something else.

Her reaction stunned me. She reiterated that she wasn't looking for a new career, she just wanted to have fun with it. The problem is I knew she was not pursuing her dream out of fear and those words of wisdom I spoke about earlier just came flying out of my mouth.

I share them with you today because I think it's important for everyone in the world to pursue their dreams in life. I don't know, maybe it's the father in me that just wants to help everyone be better people. All I know is that happy people make the world a better place and I want the world to be better than it is right now.

So what were those words of wisdom I so masterfully spoke to my daughter?

I told her that if she truly wanted to achieve something great like becoming a popular singer, she is going to have to go out and pursue it. No one is going to discover her singing in our little church. Then I turned to my son who is 15 and I told him the same thing, if you want to become a great baseball player, musician, or whatever is in your heart, you are going to have to work harder than you have for anything else until you achieve the level of greatness you desire.

As I said before, I think this is an important thing for all of us to remember. As we go through our everyday lives and search for something to make it better, we only need to look at ourselves to find out how much effort we are willing to put out to achieve greatness in our lives. I know I'm beginning to sound like some kind of motivational guru but I don't really care. If you read my recent Hub Creating Change in Your Life Requires You To Take Action, you know I am a firm believer in not waiting for something to happen around you. If you want something to change, you have to change it.

So go out and achieve greatness for yourself. Find whatever it is you want to do and just do it. And keep doing it until you reach your greatness. Take good care and thanks for reading.


Do You Have The Potential To Achieve Greatness Or Is Something Holding You Back?

Did you know that some people actually have built in subconscious mechanisms that sabotage their conscious efforts to be successful? I know that may sound weird but think about it for a second. Why are some people more successful than others? Are they just luckier, smarter or were they just in the right place at the right time? That may be the case some of the time but I think there is plenty of evidence that proves something to the contrary.

Successful people often prove that it's not luck or education that define their level of success. The one common thread that all successful people have is that they know how to overcome obstacles that get in their way of being successful. They don't take failures lying down, they get up and fight for what they know should be theirs. There is no self sabotage, only a relentless pursuit of success.

Below is a list of the most common obstacles that prevent you from being as successful as you want to be. See if any describe you...

  1. Lack of Clear Direction
  2. Inability to Control Your Thinking
  3. Do Not Have Blueprint For Success
  4. Tend to Have Negative Behaviors
  5. Lack of Understanding (particularly the law of attraction)
  6. Lack of Motivation
  7. No Self Belief

If any one or more of these describes you, you could be dealing with an issue where your subconscious is actually blocking you from being as successful as you know you can be.

The good news is that there is a way you can learn how to overcome all of these obstacles and more. I'll save you the sales pitch and just give you the website address so you can check it out for yourself.

Before I do though, let me just say that I truly believe our minds control more than just our physical actions. If you have read my article this far, I think you believe it too. So please don't blow off this opportunity that could change your life forever just because you are skeptical. Click the link below and look at the offer for yourself. It doesn't cost you anything to look and at least you will never have to guess what it was. Thank You.

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    • Jim Batuyong profile image

      Jim Batuyong 7 years ago from Anaheim, CA

      Great quote Neil. I couldn't agree more. Thanks for the comment.

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      Neil Sperling 7 years ago from Port Dover Ontario Canada

      Good advise. "To Achieve all that is possible, we must attempt the impossible... to be as much as we can be we must dream of being more" ... Karl Ravn

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      Jim Batuyong 7 years ago from Anaheim, CA

      Thank you for taking the time to read and comment.

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      thevoice 7 years ago from carthage ill

      great great hub reading thank

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      Jim Batuyong 7 years ago from Anaheim, CA

      I do love my kids Right Black. Good for you for teaching your children too. If we raise them right, there's nothing they won't be able to accomplish. Thanks for the comment.

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      Right Black 7 years ago from Huntington Beach, California

      Jim Batuyong, sound like you love your kids and that is good advice for everyone. I tell my children the same thing and am trying to live it out also.