There Is Only One Difference
There is only one difference between those who do and those who don’t. We are all one simple decision away from doing what we have always dreamed of. One decision.
It still baffles me that so many give up before the race is won, never stopping to consider that they have already come so far. If you opened your eyes this morning and you are reading this, you have come a mighty long ways. You are still standing and that means that there is more for you to do!
While in college, I was heavily encouraged to memorize a poem called “Invictus” by William Ernest Henley. At the time, I did so begrudgingly because I did not recognize its infinite value. There is so much power in the words that we speak over our lives. The spirit of the poem is that of gumption. The resounding theme of “never give up” is ingrained in the tone and this same tone infiltrates the mind, body and soul of the reader, if you allow it to do so. And although that was many, many (too many to count:) years ago, Invictus is still very much a part of who I strive to be.
Out of the night that covers me,Black as the pit from pole to pole,I thank whatever gods may beFor my unconquerable soul.In the fell clutch of circumstanceI have not winced nor cried aloud.Under the bludgeonings of chanceMy head is bloody, but unbowed.Beyond this place of wrath and tearsLooms but the Horror of the shade,And yet the menace of the yearsFinds and shall find me unafraid.It matters not how strait the gate,How charged with punishments the scroll,I am the master of my fate,I am the captain of my soul.
The only difference between those who do and those who don’t is that those who do, refuse to allow excuses to become a part of their vocabulary. I also learned during my time at college that excuses were tools of incompetence. I find myself teaching my daughters that either you will or you will not, either you did or you did not; there is no in between.
As we prepare for the last quarter of 2017, what will you do to separate yourself from those who don’t? What will you set in motion to ensure that you do exactly what you have dreamed of?
I use this same thought pattern in everything that I do. In my opinion, completion must never be optional.
As I train new authors to complete their manuscripts, we never discuss if we will finish their book, we only devise a strategy as to how.
The same sentiment is mirrored with my team for my theatrical stage productions. Just recently, we recognized tremendous growth in my upcoming production “Traces of Her Lipstick” and we brought in a few more team members to make it all possible. In doing so, I conversed with each team member to ensure that they shared in our “by any means necessary” mindset. I choose not to work with people who see completion as optional. I choose to surround myself with those who recognize the value in finishing what we have started and doing it to the best of our abilities. I am often heard saying “come hell or high water” which simply means whatever difficulties may arise, we must rise to the occassion. We must.
I know for certain that whatever it is that you desire, your time is now. And of course, I’m always going to tell you that you should be writing a book. The possibilities are endless and the victory is certain.
And in the eloquent words of Outkast, “get up, get out and get something”. Right now. Make it happen for your life!
Ardre Orie, Writer|Film Director|Advocate
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