Every kid around the age of 7-9 (usually) begins to realize that they love something. I’m talking about love something to the point that they will give anything to do that once thing. In society, we call this passion. So whether a kid loves legos and grows up to start his own roofing company, fixes houses, and builds creative things with his hands, or is fascinated with drawing images and grows up to be a fashion designer or a building architect for that matter, we all have something inside of us that steers us in a certain direction.

Would you agree with this?

I’ve always believed that we are born with God-gifted talent. A talent so strong that if you stay true to yourself, you unlock your full potential.

The problem is that a lot of people don’t give themselves a chance to reach their unique pinnacle. They let society determine who they become. Whether it be their parents, teachers, friends, spouses, they always have someone in their ear telling them why they shouldn’t do something.

Well, I’m here to tell you that your inner voice is disproportionately more important than others opinions. And if you don’t start believing this now, you too may fall into the mousetrap of the rat race.

You see, if the Malarkey family never chased their dreams, they would have never built a roofing company empire. They would have never sold roofing product, or fixed a single roof.

The same thing is true with star athletes. Take Michael Jordan for example. He got cut from his junior varsity team in high school! If he would have listened to his coaches saying he wasn’t good enough, fast enough, strong enough, skilled enough, etc. he would not being the greatest of all time to this day! If that doesn’t put things into perspective for you then let’s take a deeper dive.

I always like to start my day asking myself one really strong question. For instance, “What’s your why?” is a great one. It really gets your juices flowing. And it makes your think about things that truly matter: what you want to accomplish for the day; some things you want to improve on; key lessons that you would like to learn; near and dear people that you want to contact; the list goes on.

If you don’t know your goal you’ll never hit it. If you don’t shoot the shot you’ll never make it. If you don’t swing the bat you’ll never hit a homerun. If you don’t engage in continued learning you’ll never grow. Do you see where I’m going with this? It’s a cause and effect relationship. One thing can’t happen without the other. To make things happen, sometimes you have to will yourself. Where there’s a will there’s a way, as the old saying goes.

So, at the very least I hope this article gave you some inspiration to go out in the world and shatter all expectations people have of you. It is possible. It just takes some hard, smart work, a dash of persistence, and writing your goals down.