This was the quote that first lead me to meet Jake Thompson, owner of the company Compete Every day. That quote brought me to his website, where I automatically synced with the company’s message. One we all should strive for.
I believe Rocky put it best when he said “Nobody is going to hit as hard as life. It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it… it’s not about how hard you hit, but how hard you get hit and keep moving forward”.
Personally, I have built my life on one simple motto that I hold closer than anything in this world.
I have seen lives ruined, relationships turned into nightmares, dreams lost and amazing potential crushed into the ground never to be used, all because people have “settled” in their lives.
Then again I have seen ordinary people like you and I do extraordinary things. Some travel the world daily, some open businesses and truly enjoy their lives, some lift 500 pounds over their heads and some have relationships we all dream of. This is not given to any of us; it’s earned through a relentless approach to live our dreams and settle for no less.
We live in a world where money is never enough, where we would rather have a new iPod then a new direction in life, where 9-5 careers are to be expected and where happiness is placed second.
Fortunately, we also live in a world where some look conformity in the eyes and tell it to screw off. They pursue their dreams, make happiness a priority, enjoy loving relationships like they were meant to be, and, most importantly, never settle.
This is who I am, who are you?
Are you one to make excuses as to why you need your 9-5 job instead of looking for something you actually enjoy? Or will you simply state “I don’t know how” when there are thousands of books on any subject you can dream of? Or perhaps, you are one of the few who decided long ago they were not going to live that same crap life, but rather compete and fight for what you believe in, for those you love, and for the happiness it brings. Perhaps you are of the few in this life that will never, ever, settle. Period.
How do you make sure you don’t?
You compete every god damn day.
So Why Compete?
I’ve always been one to revel in the thrill of competition. From a young age, I only focused on sports and improving myself in that area to be a better player and teammate. As I’ve grown older, I’ve noticed that each one of us, no matter our background or economic status, has to compete day in and day out.
Call it survival, but daily we fight for our lives.
Our relationships (family, friendships, loved ones, even our faith) would all wilt without our continued focus and energy in nurturing them. Just look at ruined relationships – one party usually gets tired of fighting and gives up and things begin to die.
Our professional careers are the same way – do you really think your boss is going to pay you just to clock in and clock out without providing any value in the hours between? What about creating your own business or product?
Healthy competition is at the heart of every winner – in sports and in life. It is not about cutting corners, cheating, or disrespecting your opponents in an attempt to win. A true competitor is determined to work towards improving their skills and life – putting in the long, hard hours needed to break through plateaus and achieve success.
But competing goes beyond sports. Competing is about life.
One cannot be complacent with their faith, relationships, work, or even their health and expect to achieve great results or even sustain them.
If you don’t work on these things you value every day, they regress. If you let them regress enough, eventually you’ll lose them.
The idea for Compete Every Day was born. Such a simple phrase that can mean so much to so many people.
To one person, it’s a daily reminder to not take for granted the family he is lucky to have.
To some, it’s the driving force behind their constant hustle to reach a lifelong dream.
And to others, it’s a platform to share the faith they compete for every day.
Each of us are either progressing or regressing; we do not have the benefit (or curse!) of being stagnant in life.
So why wouldn’t you compete for the betterment of yourself and those around you?
Each one of us has a life worth competing for. Maybe it’s not what you want it to be right now, but that just means you need to start fighting for where you want it to go.
Maybe life’s just perfect. I promise you, it won’t stay perfect unless you compete to keep it that way. Relationships, like flowers, die without being tended to.
But even when life is perfect right now, it is going to change.
The wind will redirect itself from being at your back to blowing a full gale force wind in your face. What will you do then?
Back down and just wallow in defeat?
Or stand up to whatever life throws at you and compete?
I encourage you to compete. To chase after the people, the dreams, the values you hold so dear. Don’t let them wither away from neglect.
86,400 seconds in a day.
Here’s to competing for every damn one of them.
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