When I was in high school, I was deathly afraid that I wouldn’t make any notable marks on this earth.
I was passionless and void of direction.
Everyone else seemed so inspired and driven compared to my lazy self.
It genuinely scared me each time I had to think about what I wanted, because having no idea how to reply when asked “What do you want to do?” was like admitting to myself that I was lost.
All I knew was that I didn’t want to be forgotten when I was gone. I wanted to impact personal lives and be remembered for it.
Ask anyone what their sole purpose is in life and you will never hear anyone answer that they wish to live a life of mediocrity.
It’s just not in our DNA.
You can be lazy and unproductive but it’s not because you want to lead a boring, plain life.
You procrastinate or refuse to leave your bed because you don’t feel the flame that drives you in the present moment.
Deep down, you want something more. And you know it.
The problem is that it always feels like there’s enough time to accomplish something great.
But the timer is ticking. Life is freakishly short.
The hands on the clock don’t freeze when you look away and pretend the world isn’t moving on without you.
There’s something inside of us all that craves challenge.
It tells us we’re meant to do something that not only feeds us but to make it a talking point that wows others.
We all want to be excellent and to lead a meaningful life worth talking about.
What ruins it all is how easy it is to create excuses.
We blame age, our lack of connections, or just plain dumb luck.
Perfect examples of a well-fulfilled life are all around us but we look at them and formulate excuses.
Deep down, we all want to be extraordinary. We want to be remembered while we’re living, but we also want to leave a lasting impact on the world long after we depart.
Why do we want to start our own families? So we can pass on our legacy.
Why do we want to impress others with how awesome we are? So we’ll be the topic of discussion over dinner.
Anyone who tells you they don’t care about what mark they leave on earth is lying. Call them out on their bullshit once or twice (with tact).
Take advantage of the present and leave something behind that will not only make you remembered but also changes the lives of others for the better.
Are you asking me for examples now? Here are a few:
Share your ideas with the world by writing a book.
Get on stage and spread your message in front of a captivated audience.
Create a website with the intent of sharing a message you believe in.
Build a lasting business.
None of the above are easy. It’ll be challenging and that’s what makes it exciting.
Anything that calls out to you so loudly that your ears ring is exactly what you should be doing.
Cement yourself as legend.