“Success is not measured by what you have its measured by what you had to sacrifice to get to where you are” – Immortal Technique (London Real Interview)
The Aztecs used to sacrifice human beings. Many other civilisations did the same thing, such as the Mayans. How could people kill other people so openly and with such regularity? It boggled the minds of the Spaniards who witnessed it.
Nelson Mandela also sacrificed. He sacrificed a potential job as a lawyer. He sacrificed 27 years of his life. Some of these sacrifices were voluntarily, some not. However the way he dealt with both of them showed why those sacrifices didn’t matter to him. The cause was much greater than the sacrifice. The potential of what could be was greater than any downsides the sacrifice had.
Two different time periods, two completely different causes – but the same underlying message. The belief in a purpose greater than yourself. The belief that whatever you’re sacrificing is nowhere near as important as the end goal. We know what Nelson Mandela was sacrificing for. The Aztecs not so much. Nonetheless the message is still the same.
Now let’s look at sacrifices closer to home. Personally, I know my mum sacrificed a lot for me. She sacrificed thousands of pounds to send me to a private school. She sacrificed thousands more in potential earnings in jobs abroad so she could stay close to us. She sacrificed time and energy she could have used to do other things. It’s the same with most parents. As a child/teenager these are you don’t understand. Even now I don’t fully comprehend it (probably won’t until I have children of my own).
‘This is sacrifice, it’s givin’ your all.
Even when they don’t understand you, you still answer your calling’ – Lecrae – Sacrifice
Why do I mention all of these points? Two reasons. One – when I’m feeling things are getting tough or I think about the sacrifices that I have had to make to start I Am Limitless, for example, it pales in comparison. Yeah I sacrificed a decent paying graduate job. Maybe I could have been in a relationship. I sacrificed playing PS3. I sacrificed security and safety. You can see how relatively insignificant this is in the big picture.
Now that’s not to belittle anyone or the sacrifices that you will have to make to achieve your dreams. Everything is relative to the individual and I can never compare someone else’s sacrifices to my own (it’s not a competition!). I just want to provide a little perspective.
Secondly, and maybe most importantly, the WHY of the sacrifice is the most important. Why would Nelson Mandela go to jail for 27 years and come out and not be bitter and resentful? Why do parents sacrifice so much for their children? Because they believe they have no choice. It’s either that or it’s nothing. The cause is too great to be denied.
And that is the kind of mindset you have to get to really be willing to make and accept those sacrifices. That’s how I feel about I Am Limitless. Hey other people may think I’m delusional. I don’t care. The cause has to matter to YOU. YOU have to believe that it is so beneficial for people that to NOT do it would be the real crime. It’s not easy to find a cause/purpose that will instill this belief in you. But keep looking, keep training and when you do get out there you’ll know you have to keep pushing. Not because you have to. But because you have no choice.