I don't come from much. As a matter of fact, I come from what many know as "very little". But, I was given a lot from the people who had a little. Where I am today, at 30 years of age, is a tribute to my motives; the motives I was taught to have from the people that care about me the most. For them, for myself, I'm just getting started.
What drives me? What pushes me to the limit everyday? Those who expect me to succeed and those who expect me to fail. I don't consider the later; I don't need to. My motives for living are specific; they are instinctive. There's one language that I recognize: success. Not one success, but one after the other.
Success is intentional; it's setting a goal and pushing through every closed door on your way to achieving it. Along the way to the things I've been successful at, I've stumbled. But, you can't stop the heart of ambition, and you can't change the mindset of a leader. I'm driven by motives. Why do they matter?
When I was 8, my great uncle told me to hit him in the face as hard as I could. I asked why? He said, "Just do it." I hit him square in the nose as hard as I could; he sounded off in pain and placed his hand over his nose. When he moved his hand, he was bleeding. I immediately thought I was in trouble; however, he smiled at me and said, "That's how you're supposed to hit somebody!" To this day, that moment has stuck with me.
I wanted to prove to him that I had strength; that I could hit him as hard as anybody else. The might that I felt when I balled my fist and the focus that I had on the target that day, I can still feel it in my bones. It's the same focus that I have today. When you want something bad enough you go all in; don't just talk about it LIVE it. What is a one hundred "no's" to a "yes"? Nothing. Set-backs just mean that you're one step closer to striking your mark. Motives.
I started working for JTPA, a program for underprivileged youth, when I was 14 years old. I worked for the Early Childhood Development Center. My supervisor, gave me an experience that few my age get to have; she gave me my own office and she gave me real responsibility. I dressed- up for work everyday. My mom made sure that I was always on time. She took me to open my first bank account. I still remember how much my first check was: $279.57. I was proud of that money, it made me want one thing: more. Motives.
At 17, I was surrounded by many people without motives; nothing they did was intentionally. When you become content with average or less than, that's all you'll ever have. I remember having a conversation with an older cousin. I asked her what her plans were after high school, she said,"I'm going to chill for a while, then go back to school." Over a decade later, she's still chilling. Motives.
When I left Greenville, TX, it was intentional. I knew I had to get away. I put the plan in action long before I had the opportunity to leave. Everyday of my junior and senior year in high school, was about "getting out"; getting out of the rut of subpar expectations and routine commitments to contentment. The WORLD meant something to me; the idea that there was something beyond the norm added fuel to my fire. I had one thought; one belief- I wasn't meant to be held back. Motives.
Talking about what success means with some people is counterproductive. A lot of people think about making money in the same breath that they think about spending it. That mentality will never get you anywhere beyond a quick "come-up". Nothing everlasting in life comes easy. If you chase money in the form of a quick hustle, it will disappear just as quick. If you chase money with the mindset of a hustler, always working with energy and haste to improve your position, you'll increase your potential to open the doors of opportunity. Your movement should be purposeful on the way to the top. If you're working a 9-5 and it's not providing you the quality of life you really want- then you should be thinking about what will and what you need to do to achieve it. Your 9am-5pm still matters, but your 6pm-12am should be about investing in what will get you to where you really want to be. Motives.
There's nothing wrong with being average; average workes for most people. Just not me. If you talk about being more than average put those words into action. Rather making more money or what the money can do to change your life is the motive, be intentional about the moves you make. If not, you'll never improve your position.
My "hustler" chant is, "I can't stop, I won't stop, working until I get to where I want to be." The daily agenda: my motives.