Dear Fellow Rotarians & friends,
Many of us enjoy a good motivational speaker. There’s always a lesson or new perspective that can be learned along the way. There are several great speakers with various styles and messages who I turn to for my motivational fix.
One of those speakers is known as “The Pitbull of Personal Development.” He’s very unorthodox and he has an interesting sense of style. He’s also an in-your-face kind of a guy. I have to admit, I enjoy most of what he has to say. He’s also pretty funny and he’s very good at making a point.
Larry Winget markets himself as an “irritational speaker”. He’s written several books with great literary titles such as, “Shut Up, Stop Whining & Get a Life,” and “People Are Idiots and I Can Prove It.” While tact is not one of his strong suits, he has made some observations that ring true with many people.
In one of his talks, Larry speaks about growing up in a farming community. He said that his father told him a story about doing the impossible. The story was about a new baby calf being born on a farm. Larry’s father asked him if he could physically pick up a new-born baby calf, “Of course I can,” was his response. A new-born calf weighs about eighty pounds. His father then asked him if he could pick up the calf when it turns one year old. “I don’t think that’s possible,” he answered. His father said, “You’re right, unless you learn how to do the impossible.”
Larry’s father went on to say, “You start by picking up the calf on the day that it’s born. Then every day after that, you go out to the barn and you pick the calf up again. You do this every single day without a miss. If you’ll do that, you’ll be able to lift the calf after a year. However, if you miss one day, you’ll struggle. If you miss another day, you won’t be able to do it.” He went on to make his point. He said, “If you want to do the impossible, you can never miss a day.”
Jerry Seinfeld gives much of the credit for his impossible success to a method he calls, “Don’t break the chain.” When Jerry Seinfeld dedicated himself to writing comedy, his goal was to write comedy material every single day. He wanted to be great. He wanted to do the impossible. When he finished writing each day, he would put a big X on the calendar as a way of keeping track. His goal was to make a chain of Xs on the calendar without missing. “Don’t break the chain” was his commitment.
I’d encourage everyone to revisit their impossible dreams. I’m revisiting mine. The recipe for success calls for your goals and desires mixed with a daily commitment to excellence and don’t forget to add a healthy portion of just going for it!
“If you want to do the impossible, you can never miss a day.”
“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela
Yours in Rotary,