I like going to the beach, but at the end of the day, I’m disgusted by all of the sand that I find in my bathing suit (ew!) I love camping, but I hate getting dirt under my fingernails and the fact that even if you’re lucky enough to find a campground with shower stalls, you’ll still be showering in a place where other people have splashed their dirt and dead skin cells all over the walls.
It makes me cringe just thinking about it, yet if I ever plan on enjoying any part of life, I have to get use to the idea that sometimes you have to get a little (or a lot) dirty. Every situation won’t be comfortable.
Whether or not you succeed will depend on how well you can handle the dirt and discomfort. How much crap could you endure?
Dirty Scenario #1
One of my favorite, yet most disgusting scenes from SlumDog Millionaire begins with young Jamal struggling to take a crap in an outhouse. Because he causes his brother to lose money, he ends up getting locked in that raggedy outhouse, just as his favorite movie star is arriving in town. He can’t get out, but he wants an autograph more than anything. There’s only one other way out. He pinches his nose and takes a dive into what I imagine to be the raunchiest and funkiest collection of human waste.
Covered from head to toe in crap with only the prized photo remaining unstained, he runs at top speed to the front of the crowd and secures an autograph.
Could you handle being covered in human feces if it meant achieving success?
Dirty Scenario #2
What if, in order to fully realize your dream of starting your own business, in order to make time, you had to quit your job, sell all your stuff and live in a camper with no air conditioning because it’s all you could afford? Would you be able to handle living one step up from a cardboard box in order to get the ball rolling towards financial freedom? Or would the opinions and the verbal dirt your aquaintances might throw at you keep you locked in the virtual treadmill of 9-5 existence: get up, go to work, get paid, give all the money to bill collectors, go to bed, repeat for 52 weeks x 30 – 40 years!
Could you handle the discomforts that would come with living in a small space, in cramped quarters, in a less than socially acceptable standard of living if it meant success in the end?
Dirty Scenario #3
One year when my husband and I first got married, we were so broke that we ate Ramen Noodles every day for like a month straight. Somedays when we could afford it, we’d add a little cheese or cut up a slice of ham to add protein or anything else we could find to make the meal more appealing. What if, in order to survive the financial pinch you might have to endure as a result of transitioning from employee to entrepreneur, you had to eat those same noodles everyday for two months?
Could you handle it, or would you go bonkers in the first week and turn into a crazed cannibal?
These dirty and uncomfortable scenarios are not my way of saying that this is what will certainly happen if you try to free yourself from 9-5 slavery – I’m only asking if you are willing to go through the less pleasant phases in order to get to the good part.
Almost every person that has ever made it big has had to endure periods like this. Tyler Perry had to endure a period of homelessness while he was trying to write his plays and build his career. But you wouldn’t know that today by looking at him and his successful line of plays and movies.
But what about you? Are you willing to get dirty for your dreams? Don’t forget to hold your nose
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