“When I make my fortune…”
Yesterday I was reading through scholarship applications. It is one of my most favorite things to do. In a few paragraphs a student is asked to summarize why they are going to succeed, how they got to this point in life and what a scholarship would mean to them. When I read the typed lines they have poured out, I could see how hard they were trying to fulfill their dream, not just to make more money.
Being a better parent
Being a better person in the world
Recover from years of drugs and alcohol abuse
Recovering from traumas inflicted on them as a child, which they had no control over
Being the first person in their family to get a college education
Never having to go back to a war torn country
Owning their own business
Rebuilding a life after prison time
Stepping into the family business and carrying on the legacy
Rebuilding a life after returning from war as a wounded veteran
Making a halftime commercial that goes viral
Writing a children’s book and having it get published
Being the person to help their parent after the other parent passed away unexpectedly
…so many others
It inspires for me to keep dreaming, setting goals and believing in others and myself. There were a couple of students that just amazed me with their tenacity for life and inability to give up. One such student wrote in her application “When I make my fortune I am going to…” It was a great way to start a sentence. There was no doubt in the sentence, in coaching we say that is Lazar focus. That is shooting for the moon with the ability to catch a star along the way down.
As you set goals for your business and personal life, keep that sentence in mind. What will you do when you make your fortune? That is a great place to aim your life and business.