“Why do you want more?”

“Inspiration is for amateurs — the rest of us just show up and get to work. And the belief that things will grow out of the activity itself and that you will — through work — bump into other possibilities and kick open other doors that you would never have dreamt of if you were just sitting around looking for a great ‘art idea’” — Chuck Close

“Contrary to popular belief you don’t get rewarded for hard work, you get rewarded for hard results.” — Reece Wabara

I find it somewhat humorous that people act surprised when you want something more out of life.

Wait, you don’t want to do this for the next 10 years they say?

Wait, you want to learn more about your craft they say?

Wait, you don’t want to indulge in entertainment every weekend they say?

Nah, love, I’m good.

We’ve got something bigger over here.

I’m thinking about the future.

It’s like sports teams that are looking for a championship — they need to make sure that they are healthy.

1% growth every day — it’s almost unnoticeable, isn’t it?
It is — until it’s compounded.

“You only know water is about to boil when you see the bubbles. We been working beneath the surface.”

Things are going to CHANGE.

Change is the ONLY constant.

It seems as though this is a recurring message lately but it is feeling more and more important to continue to echo.

There are so many conversations that have to do with sports or entertainment or relaxing that I’m feeling like I need to put the blinders on even further.

I’m fairly well adept at drowning out the noise — I hear so much of it I have no choice.

But now, there is a large large pool of people saying things like, “I can’t wait to watch the big game this weekend, sports are back!”

And again, Nah, love, I’m good.

Now, I do watch the Green Bay Packers. I’ll put on the Packers games and strive to do some work during the games (I’m writing this during Sunday’s game), but I won’t often sit down and watch with undivided attention.

Same thing with movies nowadays.

My roommate enjoys his movies, he likes it as some background noise and will regularly ask me if I’ve seen a movie — usually, the answer is no. I used to watch a ton of movies but now it’s probably about one movie a month, maybe two.

Last night he wanted to watch one with me after I said I’d never seen it — Vice was the movie.

I had a condition, I said I’d sit and watch it but I wanted to continue studying and working on some of the projects I had — as well as eat dinner.

That’s the focus for me — it’s not entertainment or movies, or any of that — I’m growing.

We all have unique goals and aspirations.

My friends are asking me about 75Hard. I intentionally made sure it was and continues to be public information.

I knew that the social accountability would be a very important aspect of my continuation and ultimately, my success in the program.

I’ve found myself only giving 90% or even 80%. That is EMBARASSING.

I wanted to strengthen my mind, I need greater mental fortitude and 75Hard is just the thing for right now.

Now… no one else knows that I am not giving 100% — but I know & God knows.

I can’t do that.

If I’m created for greatness (as we all are), I need to pursue that greatness and become everything I’ve been created to be.

Half effort is NOT enough.

We all have those things that we could do naturally and without much preparation. In college I would whip together presentations WHILE other people were presenting, be exactly within the time limit and have the best presentation in the class… with no prep.

Now… imagine how great those presentations could have been if I actually put in real effort.

There is ALWAYS more

If we ever think that we are “finished” or that we have “done all we could” that is a LIE.

That is saying that God is not capable of leading us to further levels.

How many times have things been invented or discovered or created that we previously thought totally impossible… because they were… for man. But NOTHING is impossible for God.

My intentions are to continue striving for more.

More competency. More greatness. More success. More that God has in store.

“It’s easier to mute ambition and eliminate the risk of failure and convince yourself that the stagnancy you’re experiencing is the success you’ve always desired.” — Harrison Wendland

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