In the recent movie “We Bought a Zoo” directed and co-produced by my good friend, it re-tells a beautiful true story. It is a story of love and adventure, of healing and taking chances. The classic line that resonated with me when the question of “Why” was asked, the answer was “Why not?”
As an entrepreneur I have faced many who would question why, and perhaps on many occasions their questioning was well placed. But I am a builder of hope. I have a mindset that doesn’t question “Why?” when the inspiration comes. Just do it is more of my mantra. The phrase “Why not?” is a powerful facilitator, a measure of will, a test of character.
However, to have the will to say “Why not?” is not enough. It is the beginning. Follow this with some habits that will carry the day in spite of opposition, and you become successful in your journey.
A best friend created this quote as his meaning of success:
“Reduce to a habit, that which unsuccessful people are not willing to do.” -Steve Goldberg
Think about habits you can form:
- Arise early
- Exercise regularly
- Feed your soul every day
- Live within your means
- Write in your journal
- Expand your education and mind
- Take chances in life
- Exercise the mindset of “Why not?”
- And so on…
You don’t want to wake up when you are fifty without having taken some chances and forged ahead with this rallying cry. There will be adventures that didn’t pan out the way you hoped; but there will always be lessons learned from the adventure. Life lessons don’t come from sitting in the no-risk corner or on the side lines while the rest of the world is playing the game.
Let 2012 be the year you gird up your loins and have experiences in your family, work, and faith that accepts the challenge of new adventure and life lived!