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Thomas: Welcome to episode 11 of Life Unsettled – New Path, Better Future. This episode is about sacrifice, and the importance of sacrifice to your future. No, sacrifice doesn’t have to be a lifelong thing; it can be very, very temporary and yield extremely good results.
Let me explain. Looking to my background, I didn’t really have any optimistic vision of a great future or a professional future of any kind. I realized, though, a few things while in the military. While in the military, my eyes were opened considerably. I realized, of course, that college was going to be important, but not just college as an end to itself, but something that went probably a little bit beyond college, whether it be a professional school, a law school, whatever the case may be, it had to be something beyond that.
Now, how was I going to get there? I didn’t think a whole lot of myself at the time, but I did realize one thing, that even if I may be not as good as many other people, if I put more effort in that they did, that is: if I put in 20% more effort than everybody else, then I would probably have much better results than them. Then I started thinking about college and what that would mean. I had about three years left of college.
As a backdrop, I’ll point out some of the things I’ve done in the past or point you in a direction so you can look them up, but I looked at what I had done in college, what I could do in college, and I said: “Gee, there’s about three years left, the last semester doesn’t matter because you’re already approved or accepted to whatever you’re going into, so it’s really about another two and a half years. Gee, if I could turn around and push myself for two and a half years, that could be the ticket to the rest of my life.” That’s the way I looked at it.
I did some things. Like, I said: “Okay, I’m going to give up TV.” What I did instead is I put on classical music or something, just backgrounds that filled the air. I said classical music, because I didn’t want to have some music that might have meaning or cause other thoughts to be in my mind, other than being able to concentrate. When I say eliminate everything like TV, I mean everything except NCIS, except whatever other great show you have out there, Person of Interest, etc. because even if you’re looking at those, the person that’s not doing it is moving ahead of you.
It sounds like a lot, but consider: it’s two and a half years for the next 40, 50, or more years. So really, it is a small investment. It’s just like saving a little bit of time. If you haven’t, go take a listen to what Steve Thompson did in episode two, starting out with only putting aside $50 a month.
I went into Hofstra University, worked like that, worked really hard seven days a week, and was well rewarded; got a lot of accolades, positions, and everything else. I was actually one of the two faculty representatives to the Board of Trustees. I also was offered the Danforth, Rhodes, and Rotary Fellowship nominations for Hofstra.
When you take a look at my bio on the Life Unsettled website, you see some of the things I’ve done over time. Where did these come from? The ticket for all of them were in that set up for that two and a half years. Little bit of sacrifice, little bit of investment. It may seem like a lot when you think two and a half years, but it really is for the rest of your life. It’s concentrated effort.
Now, this carries over to other things. If you’re 45 or 55, it doesn’t matter. You want to start a business, you want to do something – that concentrated effort, a little bit for a little while will determine the success of the business and what you can do later on with the business. You want to take time off or have more leisure? First put in the concentrated effort. It is an investment. Sacrifice is temporary. Sacrifice is not permanent. You have to put in the effort at first.
Take a look at shows like Dave Ramsey, talking about people doing a little sacrifice to get out of debt, and how that pays rewards. Take a look, as I mentioned, episode two, where Steve Thompson said, I did the same thing, you take a look at that. That little bit of effort.
If you’re starting something, doing something, or wanting something, just remember: yes, there’s lots of other people trying to do the same thing, but if you put in the effort, you put in that bit of sacrifice, it’s not pain. Maybe you won’t love all of it, but the idea is you’re building something. It’s just like putting that $50 a month aside or $50 a week aside, and over the years, it adds up. Starting your business off right, starting your education off right – all of those add up to the future.
As you can tell, this is one of my favorite topics, but also one that sometimes an awful lot of people have trouble with because they want to say: “I’ll do everything, but…” What I would ask you to do is assess it in terms of your personal future. I’ve often heard from people things like: “What happens if I die tomorrow?” You’ve heard me say it before: “what happens if I live?”
With that, I would like to wish you all a very successful future, and at the same time, send me your comments, put your comments on the website or send them to me. I appreciate all the comments, and would certainly relish the dialogue. Thank you very much.