Words of Wisdom from Jerome Bettis
For those who know me, they know that I am a die hard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. I love everything about this organization. Growing up, my father never had a team that he called "his team." So I was given the opportunity to freely choose the team that I would support throughout my life. Luckily for me, at the age of eight, I fell in love with the Pittsburgh Steelers. A big reason for me becoming a huge fan, was because of one man. Jerome "The Bus" Bettis. Recently Jerome was inducted into the football hall of fame. The highest honor that anyone to suit up for this sport, could ever receive. He provided some fantastic insight into his rules for greatness. If you haven't had a chance to view it, I want to break down the four key points (with my opinion of course ha )
You must be willing and able to sacrifice. Of course, the majority of my view on this is as an entrepreneur, but you can associate this to any aspect of living. You do not gain anything worth having, without letting something go. That "something" could be time, money, attention, investment, sweat, etc. Time is our most valuable asset. I was able to start all three of my companies with zero money. What I was able to invest, was my time. I had to give up time that I generally would have spent with friends and family to make this happen. A big point here is to understand that you will not have to sacrifice forever. It may seem like a long time, but eventually you will be able to use that time to focus on the things in life that you truly enjoy. If you do not invest your time, however, you will spend the rest of your life giving your time to something you are not passionate about. And guess what? You STILL will not have the time to do the things you want. You have to make the investment early on to sacrifice.
For a child to be born, it's mother must endure a tremendous amount of pain. To reach your fitness goals, it will hurt to put forth the amount of effort required to reach your fitness goals. To grow a relationship, you may have your heart broken from time to time. To build a business, it will hurt to hear people tell you know. To conquer a fear, it will not happen without going through pain. However, at the conclusion of all of these examples, their is greatness. Having a high threshold for pain, will allow you to reach new heights in these specific areas of your life that you never imagined. Pain breeds growth, growth breeds greatness.
Oh man how tough is this one?! As a society, we often see failure as the conclusion. That could not be further from the truth. Failure is part of the process. It's not a destination. Without failure, success does not exist. If people would learn to embrace this phase, the growth potential would blow your mind! My greatest successes have come from my greatest failures. At one point I worked as a Project Manager. I didn't even know what a Project Manager was! Do you think I failed starting out? Of course I did, horribly. But through that failure, I learned what I needed to do and what I should not do. It was from that failure, that I excelled and reached new heights in my career. Use this thought process for any area of your life. So your relationship isn't where you would like it to be. Learn from the failures and develop something great.
There is no greater force. Love the people you associate with, love your mate, love your family, love what you do for a living. Most importantly, love YOURSELF. There have been several times that I have had people apply for positions with our companies. They were some of the hardest working people I have ever seen. Yet they weren't hired. Know why? Because they did not LOVE the work. Someone who doesn't love what they do is simply asking for heartache. I refuse to have people in situations where they will not succeed. You control who you associate with, you control who you marry, you control what it is that you do. Find something you LOVE and put your heart into. Greatness will follow.