Keynote to parents of seniors at John Jay High School’s Senior Awards Ceremony.
Presentation to the senior class of John Jay High School on the success process, based on my book. They were a great bunch!
We always hear “do your best, give 100%, etc.” The reality is your “best” can vary from day to day based on a number of things. 100% on one day can look different than 100% on another day. The bottom line is you want consistent effort based on your abilities!
Let’s get it started….remember the songs made by the Black Eyed Peas and, for my old school hip hop folks, MC Hammer? Anyways, everything has to have a beginning. Whatever your goal or task is, it is so important to simply start. I’ve seen so many people desire to come up with the perfect plan or wait on the perfect resources. Because of this desire for perfection, they end up not doing anything. Or they finally implement the “perfect” plan, to find out it is actually not perfect. It is wise to research and plan, however, when you are starting something new, situations will occur that you likely wouldn’t have accounted for. It is much better to come up with a solid plan, start it, and learn as you go. So…… on your mark, get set, go!
Do you want it or not?
Do you want that education?
Do you want to become more fit?
Do you desire to be your own boss?
Everyone wants, but not everyone takes action. It is easy to simply want something; it takes no real effort. When you take consistent action, you put yourself outside of the norm. I’ll be real, not all action is good action; that’s the importance of being a student of whatever you’re shooting for. Nonetheless, even the wrong actions provide the experience you need to eventually succeed.
Each of these performers are considered all time greats in their respective fields. However, they all were not great on day 1 or even day 100. They all had to fight through rejections, injuries, emotions, etc. The road to success has many potholes and detours, but you can get to your destination!