Yesterday I told you about everything Damon Sheehy Guiseppi did. If you missed it, you’re forgiven. That article is right HERE.
Just as important as what he did is what he DIDN’T do. This will probably ruffle a few feathers so I’m issuing this trigger warning in advance of you reading today’s article.
*If you like to blame outside factors on your results or a lack thereof then you may want to simply delete this email and move along with your day or maybe even blame me in some way for contributing to your lot in life. (If you choose the latter, please do send me an email expressing your outrage and specifying how I’m somehow to blame.)
Here’s what Sheehy DIDN’T do:
- He didn’t blame his situation on: society, his parents, coaches, Obama, Trump, the economy, racism, ageism, fatalism, sexism, classism, fascism, capitalism or any other -ism
- He didn’t break any laws or rules (yes, he did bend a couple rules)
- He didn’t complain about gatekeepers, decision makers or administrators for his “lack of opportunity”…
He created his own opportunity. And then made damn sure he was prepared to make the most of it when it came.
Every day in your current opportunity (role) is an audition for future opportunities.
When reporter Nick Shook asked about his journey Sheehy said:
“I couldn’t be happier. It’s a grind, you know what I’m saying? I wasn’t mad that I was sleeping on the beach. I wasn’t upset. I was happy, because I got an opportunity and that’s all I wanted. … I was blessed for that. I was happier for that. I wasn’t even thinking about where I was sleeping, I was thinking about the opportunity that I had in my hands right now and I just wanted to make the most of it.”
Sheehy is doing what all successful people do:
You make the most of where you are with what you have while you’re there.
He didn’t get bitter.
He got better.
I continue to be amazed by the people who can’t justify investing $1000. in their professional development but spend $1000. on the newest model iPhone because they think “it’s a necessity”.
Everything in life is about priorities. And what you prioritize will dictate what your life looks like.
Where will your priorities take you?
You want to be surrounded by people who make commitments not excuses?
Leaders who push themselves and each other to be their best and have a whatever it takes mentality, then go right here now.
P.S. I’ll be taking an even deeper dive into the lessons from Damon Sheehy-Giuseppi in an upcoming episode of my podcast. Stay tuned…