“Anything is Possible!” I said this before and I’ll continue saying it. “Anything is Possible!” A life can change at the drop of a hat. Miraculous cures have been discovered, new technology is on the horizon, and I would not go against a person’s will. I still dream about being a catcher for the NY Yankees. Doctors have made major advancements in the area of spinal cord injuries and stem cell research. I don’t know if it is true, but I heard that Ted Williams had his head frozen (cryogenics) so his head (and brain) can be transplanted on a healthy body. This sounds like science fiction but I believe that it is not that far off. The possibility obviously exists while the probability is small – at least in my lifetime. Yet, “I have a dream…”
Dreams are good. They fill us with wonder and excitement. They spur creativity and lead us to new adventures. They give us something to do while we sleep (so the time is not wasted). Except: Dreams are not goals. Everyone knows that goals should be timely, measurable, and achievable (within reason). Shoot for the stars. “I want to be a millionaire” (very possible). “I want to be a millionaire by the end of the week” (improbable: unless I win a lottery, or are so close to realizing the goal that it is not a far fetched dream). “I want to play pool against the GREAT Willie Mosconi.” Well, maybe in my dreams. Perhaps I’ll see him in heaven.
“If he or she can do it, I should be able to do it!” Possible – maybe / Probable – maybe. This reeks for the response: “It Depends!” Too many times, someone pitching their product or service says: “If I can do it, you can do it!” Or, they talk about their lifestyle exclaiming that they are not bragging but only trying to give you incentive. Yeah – incentive for you to give them your hard earned money. Please, don’t get caught up in the hype.
Successful people are zealots. They found something that they enjoy doing and incorporated their “uniqueness” into their business. We are all unique in our own special way. The only thing I question is the “passion.” A person’s level of success is dependent on one critical area: their passion. What do you want your legacy to be? What do you want to be known for? If you want to be known as another Ted Williams, Willie Mosconi, or any other famous person, you are doomed. Why? Because there is only one Ted Williams, Willie Mosconi, or any other famous person you name. Their experiences made them who they are. The people that influenced them made them who they are. Their God given gifts made them who they are. The sum of their life gave them their passion. I don’t want to be known as another anybody. I want to be known as the person who has overthrown the “so-called” king. Or, I at least want to be known as the best Vincent Robert Orlando, Jr. After all, that is who God intended me to be.
Accordingly, try to find your passion. Keep trying new things and experience life to the fullest. Instead of trying to hit life’s curveballs, become the pitcher. Make your pitch and allow the miracles to happen to you. I am sure that you have been pleasantly surprised when something occurred right when you needed it. That was because you put it out there and allowed God to hit the ball. “Hey – Batter, batter, batter, batter…”