Life is an ongoing journey that many people take for granted. We live in a country where the opportunities to succeed are infinite, yet we close our eyes and walk not knowing in what direction we’re heading. Today I’ve decided to sit, relax and let my words tell a story; why you might ask? Because I’m a leader, it’s been in my DNA since I was a child. As a soccer player I probably wasn’t the most skilled as I’ve had the opportunity to play with amazing players, my forte was being the most vocal. It wasn’t long ago when I doubted myself and my abilities to do great things in life, the exact same things I had promised myself I would accomplish as a young boy. My biggest fear was to be that guy with a lot of talent who never made it. I wasn’t ready to be that guy, I didn’t want to be that guy, so I didn’t become that guy.
Who am I?
I’ve lived part of my life hoping for great things to happen, only to grow older every year and realize that you can’t keep hoping, you have to make hope a reality. Who am I? Not perfect, that’s for sure, yet again, who’s perfect? As the clock on my life keeps ticking, I’ve learned that in life we have to be pliable. The man I am today, is not the same man I was 10 years ago, five years ago, or even three years ago. As time passes by, I become older and wiser. Like many of the men I know, I make constant mistakes, but the point is not to live a perfect life, is to learn from every experience life throws at us. Today more then ever, I can say that we live an imperfect life, as human beings we’re destined to make mistakes, some bigger than others.
“They say that in your 20s, you’re trying to work out the man you want to be, and in your 30s, you discover who he is.”
When I first read that quote a few years ago, I paused, sat down and took a few minutes to analyze the meaning of it. Most of us picture a certain life, we set a timeline of where and how we see ourselves in the future. Never thinking that life takes it’s own course, things happen and situations constantly change. The quote has a lot of meaning to me personally as a man, it symbolizes optimism for what lies ahead for many of the male friends I know. Therefore we can say that today’s blog is to help inspire some of my male friends. Doubt is an emerging feeling we often encounter, although it only makes success that much sweeter. When you think about it, “Life is a mountain, you have to climb and climb to get to the top, once you’re up there, you’ve earned the right to enjoy the view.”
I would be lying and misleading you if I said I’ve reached the top of my mountain. On the contrary, I keep climbing, avoiding to turn back because what has already been climbed doesn’t matter as much as what is still left to be accomplish. I’ve associated myself with many successful human beings which I try to emulate in success. Let’s clear something out, success is not only measure by the reflection of financial wealth. When people usually talk about success, they think “money.” Wealth is part of success, but it’s not what defines a successful person.
I know plenty of wealthy people who have financial success but lack in other areas of life. Think more in the terms of success as a human being, are you successful? Have you succeeded in life all around? We all seek success in different ways, nonetheless we all seek success in one particular field, LOVE. I must admit that this is perhaps the toughest field to succeed in. You can make all the money in the world and it wouldn’t guarantee you success in love. It’s amazing to see two persons madly in love, it’s inspiring to see that it truly exist, that it’s not a myth, that you could be successful in this area. I know what you’re thinking, No, I’m not in love, but I know the feeling.
Back to the quote
If I’ve learned something thus far in my life, it’s to be human, to be determined, to accept when I’m wrong and keep it moving. My focus remains to reach the top of the mountain, enjoy the view from new heights. I’ve never met a person who at one point hasn’t felt like the world is ending or like if the world is coming down on them. At one point I was also that person, my world had completely stopped, at least in my head it had. I was laid off from my job, dumped by my ex girlfriend and having a conundrum within the family all in a month. (I’m not going to tell you about my break up, even though I believe it would make an amazing blog)
No one should ever give up on goals and dreams because you’ve hit a few road bumps. What you are allowed to do, is to reshape your goals in order to keep climbing your mountain. The man I want to become is a man successful in life, financially and as a person. I know a lot of the man out there reading this can relate, can take a deep breath and say, “Yup.” If it wasn’t for the circumstances I encountered in the past, you probably wouldn’t be reading this. I quite frankly don’t know what I would be doing in life, nor do I think about it too much. Like rapper Eminem said, “ I guess I had to go to that place, to get to this one.” I’ve become this aspiring writer, seeking the opportunity to reach new places. If you would’ve asked me five years ago if I planned on writing, I would have answered, “No way Jose.” Okay, I’m not saying that I’m this big shot writer because I’m not (yet) but with time I would like to one day hear, “Hey man, that Moises Linares is a great writer,” I set my bar high therefore I work at it even harder.
The man I’m working on now, is the man I want to become today, tomorrow and for the rest of my life. Gentleman card always intact and always hungry to keep improving in all areas of life. Who am I? I’m just another down to earth average Joe seeking triumph in a few areas of life. If you’re wondering why I’m talking about all this? Is because I know that I’m only one of millions trying to get to the same place. In the case of many of my men, It’s a journey to become the best man we can possibly become. For some reason every time I picture myself in the future, I see myself in a slim fitted suit, what can I say, I love suits.
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