Break on Through to the Other Side
>From Dave Ludena, Real Estate Rockstar…
Yeah… the title is a song by the Doors. (Pretty damn cool one, too.) Today I want to challenge you to really explore the idea of what is YOUR other side?
Read carefully as I tell you a story that I think will illustrate this point nicely.
Once upon a time…
There lived a very rich man. Back then, they didn’t have the World Cup or organized sports or even Play Station. So, the rich had to entertain themselves. One day, as he was doing just that, hosting a large party for the village, he thought it would be fun to throw out a challenge:
“I challenge any man to swim across this alligator-infested river from this bank to the other. The first man that can do this, I will pay his weight in gold and give him the hand of my beautiful daughter.”
No sooner had the words left the rich man’s lips… when suddenly a splash was heard and a dude was swimming like he had the devil on his shadow. The village people cheered in awe as this nut job swam through the alligator gauntlet like a man possessed.
Upon reaching the other bank, the rich man walked up to the exhausted skinny little man, dripping wet, and shaking like a dog. The rich man looked at him and said, “My good man, I was merely joking. You jumped in before I could say that! To this the man replied, “Sir, that is fine. I don’t want your gold or your daughter. I just want the son of a b*@tch who pushed me in!”
Is the grass greener on the other side?
So many times in life, we wait on the safe side, afraid to jump in and swim for what we want. So I’ll ask again:
- What is YOUR other side?
- What do you truly want?
- Why wait for someone to push you in?
- Why not jump in and go for it?
- What is holding you back?
Everyone wants success. Everyone wants to make it to the other side. The question is: Are you going to push yourself in?
Why wait for adversity, for someone or something to push you in? Participate in your own rescue. Stop waiting for the stars to align, or for someone else to show up…
What if it doesn’t work? Well, what if it DOES?
Start asking yourself the right questions.
If you can conceive it, you can achieve it.
I’m reminded of a scene in the futuristic science fiction movie, Gattaca, where Ethan Hawke’s character is weaker and genetically inferior to his brother. In a very poignant scene where they are swimming out and his brother yells, “You want to drown us? We have to go back!”
Ethan’s character says one of the most indelible lines in any movie I’ve ever seen: “You want to know how I did it? I didn’t save anything for the swim back.” I recommend watching the movie. It’s a great flick and an awesome story of determination.
Just look around.
Do you see others having the kind of success you want? Do you see them making it to the other side?
If they can do it, so can you.
It starts with a decision and then getting the skills to execute that decision. That’s it.
I find it really inspiring to read stories of people like Abe Lincoln, Oprah Winfrey, Henry Ford, Richard Branson… people who didn’t start with much, if anything, and went on to greatness.
They saw their other side and went for it, no matter what.
We are on this planet ONE time, for a very short period. This isn’t a practice or dry run. This is the game… the big show.
I don’t know about you, but I think living with regret is worse than any “failure” you may encounter on your way to your goals. Like any great person would say, failures aren’t failures if you learn from them. Edison didn’t see 10,000 failed attempts at the light bulb. He just found 10,000 ways that didn’t work.
So, get in there. Don’t wait for the push. Jump and grow your wings on your way down. This is your song. Now crank it up and break on through to the other side.
Have you taken the scary, yet brave, jump to the other side? We wanna about your story in our comments section below.