“To every man there comes … that special moment when he will be figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a special thing unique to him…. What a tragedy if that moment finds him unprepared or unqualified for that work which could have been his finest hour.” (Winston Churchill)
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My daughter, Grace, who was seven years old at the time, loved to be the princess. My oldest son, Sam, who was five, was a prince, of course, and happened to have two magical swords with which to fight the dragons. They were always victorious and they always got a great reward for accomplishing a brave act - the prince got donuts or ice cream (it’s important to a five-year old), and the princess got a beautiful dress . . . and donuts.
Going after your dream is a lot like entering a fairy tale. You have to leave the safety of your village and brave the unknown, knowing full well that dangers await you.
Ultimately, there comes the time where the dragon - that seemingly impossible predicament - is met, is challenged, and is overcome. Finally, a reward awaits you on the other side.
Think of Bilbo Baggins from the movie, The Hobbit. Bilbo is invited to leave the comfort of the Shire and go on a quest—to help the dwarves take their treasure back from the dragon that stole it. The morning after his invitation (and refusal) to join the company of dwarves on their quest, he awoke, realizing that he had to go. When the right calling comes, it’s very difficult to turn your back on it. When God calls you to do something, it’s because He knows you can overcome the challenge (with His help) and that it’s the right thing for you to do. Indeed, not doing it might cause you a lifetime of regret.
Most students that I’ve met around the world could not be accused of wanting too much. Yes they have demands—give me this, buy me that—but I’m not talking about toys or gadgets. I’m talking about life. It’s that many times in life, we want too little. Sure our words speak boldly of hopes and dreams, but the voice of our actions drowns out our words. Actions betray true desire. We say we want greatness, but how much trivial screen time are we engaging in? You can say that you want to be great but as the former world champion boxer George Foreman once said, “If you cheat on your training in the dark of the morning, well, you’ll be found out under the bright lights.”
“If you cheat on your training in the dark of the morning, well,
you’ll be found out under the bright lights.”
Some students like to live in security, mundane living, and quiet no-risk days. They might be happy spending years of their life working at Starbucks. Those people aren’t entrepreneurs. If you want to live your life outside of the security and dullness and boredom of the village, you’ll have to live on the edge of adventure and even, at times, chaos. Every day is fresh. Every day brings a new challenge. This is the life of an entrepreneur. When you watch Bilbo called to adventure, do you long to go with him? Similarly, when the King of Kings calls you to start something new that will influence your generation economically and spiritually, will you respond with an eager heart?
Let this fact of life sink in deeply: You have to provide the fertile environment in your own life that allows a passion and desire to do great things to steadily build in you. If you have a desire to change, then you will. The fact that you’re now going through this course is good evidence that change in your life is coming.
If you’re an entrepreneur at heart, your intuition is telling you now that this is right and you long to travel the path of adventure. However, you long to see more clearly the road that lies ahead. You have to take that first step, and I aim to show you how the dragons can be slain and what rewards await you.
Albert Einstein, the famous mathematician (and the inventor of E=MC2 or Energy = Mass times the speed of light (C)2), once said, “You’re either full of love or full of fear.” The Bible says, “There is no fear in
love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment” (1 John 4:18 NIV). The antidote for the poison of fear is perfect love that comes from God. Many people are controlled by fear: afraid to take risks, afraid to meet someone, afraid to try, afraid of their father, afraid to fly, afraid of their teacher.
But when we start to live by the power of the Holy Spirit, when we start to live a life of love—loving our family, loving our neighbors as we love ourselves, loving what we do in our school, loving what we do with our free time, loving ourselves— then a life of fear is driven away and we live in a zone where all things are possible.
Former American President Theodore Roosevelt said,
“It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the least, knows in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”