To stay motivated, it is a popular practice to quote those that have achieved success. It's a social media's best friend, jiving with the trivial attention spans we are so prone to have.
But offer up such a bite-sized bit of wisdom and you fail to taste everything. You fail to see the years of sweat, tears, desperation, fears and hopelessness wiped away in a brief moment as this human tries to summarize an entire life's work into a mere sentence. They distill founts of knowledge into a single, easy-to-digest piece of wisdom that can be felt by those that have not yet tasted glory and understood by those that have.
So next time you read a line inspiring you to be better than you are, know that when you decide 'yes, I will', you begin working on a life that will one day culminate in such a phrase. You will feel the liters of sweat, years of aches and immeasurable loneliness. You will weep tears of joy, scream in excitement and swell with pride.
And though your contribution to this world will be different, make sure it happens. You're already here making an imprint. Your voice changed the environment when you first screamed as a child. Until you pass on, your actions will ripple outward -- be it as slight as complimenting a stranger or as enormous as guiding a nation. Why waste this opportunity to end with an unclear statement on living when you can build it into something that will live on without out?
Don't get to the end wondering if you could have been strong enough to make an impact.
Get to the end knowing you were.
Co-host of HeroesForge, founder of Battle to Be Better, gamer, singer and all around happy person.