What are you willing to sacrifice so your kids don’t have to?
“Great achievement is born from great sacrifice” –Napoleon Hill
I went to a network marketing event at the age of 18 that would forever shift my perspective…
One of the leaders got on stage and had spent a month overseas in Europe. He talked about world schooling his children.
The concept of world schooling was new to me…
Wasn’t that what I just got finished learning throughout high school?
Unlike what I learned in high school…
He was teaching his kids history, not just out of history books, but in places in the world where the history actually happened.
The thought of having the ability to take my kids around the world and showing them different cultures, introducing them to the pyramids of Egypt, and seeing the Seven Wonders of the world gave me goosebumps.
That became my why…
To world school my kids that I did not yet have.
Why doesn’t everyone sacrifice for success?
Chances are, like most, you want to become a millionaire…
Many want a nice car, a beautiful house, or some materialistic item (which is great).
What I’ve found is that most of us won’t sacrifice much for a desire for pleasure.
We’ll do much more to avoid pain, either for yourself or especially for those we love.
One of the most powerful motivators for me personally was asking myself, “What would my children have to sacrifice if I don’t succeed?”
Now that was painful.
If you don’t succeed in chasing after your dreams/goals…
Your children have to sacrifice having to follow in your footsteps. They sacrifice inspiration when you don’t sacrifice for your own success!
What do I mean by this?
Your children sacrifice inspiration to do big things because they don’t have that inspiration around them!
My father went to prison for murder when I was around 5 years old. He was an alcoholic and committed suicide. He was not much of an inspiration.
My mother was a single mom. She worked two jobs to put herself through college and work towards a law degree.
She ultimately became an attorney and retired as a judge.
We were VERY poor…
Living in a garage apartment. It was one big room basically…
Very humble place.
The biggest gift my mother gave me was the inspiration for doing big things.
My mother sacrificed a lot to pursue her dreams…
She sacrificed a lot so she could give me the inspiration to pursue my dreams.
Why is it that I’m willing to sacrifice a lot for my children?
I had a role model who went after her dreams…
Who let nothing stop her.
She overcame crazy amounts of obstacles and has pushed me to become the man I am today.
Today, Ask yourself this question:
What am I willing to sacrifice so that I can become an inspiration to my children?
Your socialist theme from ignorant people?
It’s no wonder most children end up living average lives…
They’re just following in the footsteps of their parents.
Sacrifice the frustration long enough to figure it out so that one day your children won’t have to sacrifice seeing their father/mother not do big things.
Go make it happen.
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