I was recently watching the “country music” documentary series by Ken Burns as he told several stories of many famous people that moved the world through country music over the past 100 years. As I am watching the series, I noticed everyone had common thread. They all believed in themselves and felt a calling to pursue a life of purpose in music. Every single person had a belief and burning desire to pursue their dreams of being a singer/song writer… They didn’t care about the challenges, or sacrifices, or how much time it was going to take, or how difficult it would be, or if they would even make it to the top. They were just chasing a dream of doing something they loved… creating music.
I was so moved by different stories like Kris Kristofferson who gave up a military career to chase his dreams after moving to Nashville and made sacrifices including working as a janitor just to be in a recording studio. Then hearing Willie Nelson producing songs for more than 10 years before anyone was even interested. Can you imagine how dark and lonely this time of his life was for him wondering if he was going to make it, or Vince Gill who tried to make it for several years with no luck even after giving up the opportunity to play lead guitar in the popular band “Dire Straits” to write and sing his own songs, and Garth Brooks who was turned down by every label in Nashville only to be signed one night playing in a small cafe and go on to sell more records than anyone. Can you imagine their confidence levels decreasing after every “no” and how difficult it must have been for them? But they all knew their why? It wasn’t about being a star, it was about pursuing a career doing something they loved!
There were so many stories, and this is only one genre. There are so many others that weren’t even mentioned. But the story that really hit me was the story of Naomi and Wynona Judd. Naomi moved back to Kentucky after a divorce to raise her two children in a rented home for $100 month. She gave her 12 yr. old daughter Wynona a plastic string guitar as she tried to make ends meet as a nurse. They started harmonizing and singing together in the area. They started pursuing record companies to get a recording deal and finally got a record label to listen to them and produce their first hit “Why Not Me” which became their mantra.
Then I thought, “why not me”? This is about belief and a real connection with our purpose. It’s the mantra we all need to have when pursuing our goals, our dreams, our careers, or anything we want in our life. When we fail to make progress, or when someone shuts us down, or tells us we aren’t qualified, or that we aren’t good enough… we need to remember that it’s just part of the process. Say “why not me” and double down on your efforts. It may take more work than we thought, and we may need to put in more time after hours building on our craft or possibly giving up something good to go for something really great in our career. If we want to be a leader, we need to read and listen to leadership. If we want to be a speaker, we need to invest in growing our speaking career. Whatever we want to do, invest in doing the things it will take to get us to where we want to go.
- Do you want a promotion to be a Director, or VP or even CEO? Why not you? Start finding out what others are doing to level up.
- Want to start a foundation to make the world a better place? Why not you? Now is the time to start investing time and people.
- What about landing the next big account as a salesperson? Why not you? It might take more calls or research to find a problem to solve.
- What about achieving a life-long goal to write a book or be a keynote speaker? Why not you? Start speaking at more events and writing!
It’s not going to be easy, but what great things in life have ever been accomplished without difficulties, failure, sacrifice, and hard work. It reminds me of a quote I heard by John Maxwell…
“You may succeed if nobody else believes in you, but you will never succeed if you don’t believe in yourself.”
Remember these tips as you stay in pursuit of your dreams…
- Determine what you want most…and go for it!
- Know your why… it will get you through the tough times!
- Invest time in your craft… It may take more time than you think!
- Surround yourself with lifters… It’s your fuel for the journey!
- Believe… and don’t stop believing in you!
And when we start feeling like the Hank Williams song, “I’m so lonely that I can cry”, think about your WHY, your purpose, and call a friend. Remember what it’s going to feel like when you finally achieve it. It might get tough, challenging at times, and could even get lonely… but this is when the growth happens and the blessings will occur. As Churchill reminds us, “The darkest hour is just before dawn”!
So, what are your goals and dreams this decade? I would enjoy hearing from you… and then hearing you say “WHY NOT ME?”!
Quote of the week: “The people that are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones that usually do.” Steve Jobs
Call to Action: Write down a goal, or something big that you would like accomplish this year, or in next few years. Think really BIG, then share it with a few people so they can encourage you, and be there to help celebrate your success! So why not you?
This has been A Relocation Minute on “Why not me ” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com to purchase my leadership book “Find Your Lane” and journal “Milemarkers” both available on amazon.