Better Get Running

People tend to be pretty shocked the first time they find out I’m 21 years old — most people expect a millennial to be a lazy, unambitious, flaky, immature child. 

I let it get to my head sometimes, I let myself forget that I’m no where close to where I want to be, and I lose motivation and kick my feet up to relax. I am, in fact, a human.

I’d like to be one of the first to point out however that I’m not that far ahead of people in my generation, I just beat out the stereotype people have formed regarding “generation x.”

In the past couple of months working in HR, I have met an abundance of ambitious, well-qualified, hard working, millennials. In fact, one of the best parts of my job (in my opinion, of course) is constantly being immersed in an atmosphere of like-minded individuals.

I’ve met so many people through this career that motivate me to be better and who remind me that I’m not at the top, and there are people my age well-ahead of me. It’s a constant reality check to get off my high horse, stay humble, and get to work otherwise I’m going to fall behind.

Sometimes, I find myself even wondering if I’m ever going to be where I want to be knowing that there’s people so far ahead of me.

But I cannot allow myself to be intimidated by anyone ahead of me. I’m constantly reminding myself that someone else’s success is irrelevant to mine.

I may not be the smartest, the quickest learner, or currently the most successful. But I’ll be damned if I reach the end of my life without being able to tell everyone who met me that I gave it all I had every second of the day… and right now I don’t, and that has to change.

I’m not here to be the best right now, I’m here to wake up every morning, work harder than people around me, and chase the best — because one day I know I’ll catch up. It’s about relentless motivation, fortitude, and prestige.

Every morning the gazelle wakes up knowing it has to run faster than the fastest lion or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up and knows it has to out run the slowest gazelle or it will starve to death. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a lion or a gazelle. When the sun comes up, you better be running. -Dr. Eric Thomas


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