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The Olympic Attitude…Whatever it Takes!
Why do some people pursue their dreams while others bury their
It comes down to belief and desire. Whether you believe it’s
possible, whether you believe YOU can do it, and whether you
want the dream enough to do whatever it takes.
Let’s say you believe it’s possible and you think there’s a good
chance you can pull it off … now, what steps do you need to take
to make it happen?
Step number one is the willingness to take the risk. Many people
are able but few are willing. You see, you always have to give
something up in order to get something better. Most people are
not willing to give anything up. They are not willing to make
any sacrifices. They expect success to just fall on their lap.
That’s just not how life works. There’s no free lunch. Not only
do you have to be willing to go for it, but you have to be
willing to do whatever it takes.
Let’s break that last sentence down.
You have to be willing. Willing means that you are open minded.
Open minded means you are not judgmental. It means not making
any excuses. It means you are open to doing whatever might be
Whatever it takes is a level of commitment. Being committed
means you have made a decision that you will continue to pursue
your goal no matter what the consequences.
When you have a clear objective and are committed, you’ll
naturally start doing the things that will move you towards your
objective, and you’ll naturally stop doing the things that move
you away from your objective.
When you have a dream you are willing to fight for, the process
takes care of itself.
Whatever it takes is not just a level of commitment. It’s a HIGH
level of commitment. And, believe it or not, it’s the lowest
level of commitment that will guarantee that you will realize
Let me explain. If reaching your dream, whether it be to become
financially free, or to buy a new car, or to be able to take
your family to Disneyland for two weeks, or to get your PhD…no
matter what your dream is, you have to be willing to do whatever
Here’s why. If realizing your dream involves 64 items, 64 things
you have to do, you have to be willing to do all 64 of them. If
you’re only willing to do 63 of them, but not #64, then #64 will
be your undoing and you can kiss your dream goodbye.
It’s an attitude thing.
Life will seldom ask you to do all 64 things. But you don’t know
which ones you’ll have to do, so you’d better be willing to do
all 64. The “whatever it takes” attitude will help you do the
required items so well that success will be assured.
The trick is to be willing to do whatever it takes with no
guarantees of success. Only then is success possible.
About the Author: Ruben Gonzalez is the author of the critically acclaimed book,
“The Courage to Succeed.” His experiences as a three-time
Olympian, businessman, and professional keynote speaker give him
a unique perspective on how to conquer the corporate struggles
of today. For his free 10-Part Success eCourse, visit
http://www.StartWinningMore.com or contact him at