I have a lot going on in the next couple weeks. A cross-country road trip, one of my camps, the National Invitational Tournament of Champions, a Virginia convention, etc. It’s enough to give a grown man an anxiety attack!
But there is a deep concept embedded in all the demands around me. I wish others would capture it in their lives. At the root of all the chaos, responsibility, deadlines, people, conflicts, frustrations, ups and downs, I must admit…
I love every minute of it.
Several years ago, I made three foundational decisions that set my life in a positive motion. I wish others would do the same. These decisions made all the difference in the world:
- I decided to do that which I loved. I started out as a teacher of English. I liked it, but I soon discovered a love for debate. So I started creating products and resources and running camps for other enthusiasts. Here I am today, owner of a publishing company for academic speech and debate, traveling to Arkansas for the national tournament with a SUV full of kids.
- I decided to NOT do that which OTHERS through I loved. There was a resistance that told me to hold a steady job as an English teacher. I went into journalism for a stint, and there was the temptation to stick with it. Security; what I should do. I threw that off about a decade ago and pursued my dreams.
- I decided to create a world that I love. There weren’t sourcebooks when I started, so I created them. There weren’t any debate camps either, so I started them. Creativity is an image-of-God trait (tweet this), and I decided to flex this trait as much as I could. I’m in a very nice world today, one that I love and can’t wait to share.
Are you doing that which you love? Or are you stuck in a grind that isn’t where you should be?
Do what you can to make wise decisions now; they will bear fruit later. The day may come where you look around and see that you’re having the time of your life.