Good morning Believe Nation. Today’s message is be driven. Over to you Jamie Foxx.
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So I had to learn drive. That’s why I have my managers to teach me drive or to, you know, push me because you can relax. You could say, “Oh, I could do that” or “I could do that.”
” If you don’t have drive, you quit cultivating your talent, because once you rest, and once you say it’s over, “I’ve gotten to the mountain top.”, then your talent starts to dwindle too.” – Jamie Foxx
But, are you going to be that person?
I know this person, this person that calls me up, “Man, did you see what Denzel did in that movie? He said, “I could’ve.” And, maybe he could have, but he doesn’t have the drive, the Denzel, and so therefore, if you don’t have drive, you quit cultivating your talent, because once you rest, and once you say it’s over, “I’ve gotten to the mountain top.”, then your talent starts to dwindle too.
That’s why the minute the award season was over, I was at Wet Willies in Miami doing jokes for people just on the street, just to see what would work, you know, Jokes either about the Oscars, or jokes about whatever, and then you go to Atlanta and work on your jokes there.
So, that hustle, what I call hustle, is very important because, at some point, you’re going to be able to pull the hustle back just a little bit, and then you pick your spots. The time right now is to hustle to set things up so that in the future you’re able to cut back just a little bit, and just pick your spots.
Evan: For me, a lot of this still comes down to environment. I think the environment that you’re in matters. The people around you matters. Again, what you’re reading, what you watch really matters because, I think, too many people are comfortable where they are, and their environment keeps them where they are, and you don’t have people pushing you to get better, pushing you to drive faster, pushing you to go a little bit harder.
I think a lot of people are just comfortable being the big fish in the small pond, instead of jumping to a bigger pond and being that small fish trying to get better. I think a lot of people are in a race, you know.
They’re in a 100 Meter race, and they’re racing against five year olds. So, they win all the time. And when you are winning all the time, in that small race, it’s easy to just stay there. “Look at me, I’m great. “Look at all the great stuff I’m doing. “I don’t need to work harder. “I don’t need to push faster. “I’m already winning everything.”
And for a lot of people, that’s where they are. You know, that’s where I was, where I was doing more than the people around me, where anytime we’d have get togethers, coffees, meetings, or whatever, it was always only praise. Like, “Oh, look at this great stuff that you’re doing.” And it’s easy for me to sit back and say “Yeah, look at all this great stuff I’m doing.”, and take my foot off the gas.
But I want to play in the bigger game. I want to race against Usain Bolt. I want to race against people who are faster than me. And I may lose. I’m going to lose racing against Usain Bolt.
“I think a lot of people are just comfortable being the big fish in the small pond, instead of jumping to a bigger pond and being that small fish trying to get better.” – Evan Carmichael
I’m going to lose against people who are faster than me. But, my time will be faster. My time racing against a five year old versus my time racing against sprinters, I may lose that race, but my time will be faster. So I’m getting better. I’m pushing harder, and, so, that’s what you need for yourself.
You want to be driven?
You want to do something bigger?
You want to push more?
You need to have people around you who are better than you. It’s why I started the Top Ten Series and the Mentor Me Series, to learn from people, to be around them, who’ve done a lot more than us.
So, I look at my life, and while I’m grateful for everything that’s happened, and everything that’s been accomplished, I still realize that it’s nothing compared to what all these other people are doing. It’s not looking at those people and saying, “Well, I suck. “I can’t go out and do that.” It’s inspiration. I can push harder. I’m not pushing hard enough right now. I can do more. I’m not just going to sit back and keep racing five year olds.
I want to go off and play a bigger game. I want to jump to that bigger pool. So, if you’re worried that you’re not driven enough, that you’re not following through on your goals enough, that you don’t have big enough goals, that you don’t believe in yourself enough, look at your environment.
Look at your habits, look at your routine, look at the people around you. Look at what you’re consuming on a consistent daily basis. You need to be around people and things that push you to do more, to believe in yourself more, to dream bigger dreams, to believe that those are possible, to go and chase, to wake up and work and hustle and drive, for yourself, for your family, for your community, for the world, it’s important.
“You need to have people around you who are better than you.” – Evan Carmichael
So, if you’re on the lazy side, chances are you have an environment around you that supports laziness. Change your environment, start changing your life.
So the the question of the day today is, Do you have an environment that supports you in accomplishing your big dreams, or not?
Leave it in the comments below. I’m going to join in the discussion. Also, I want to give a quick shout out to Aurora Balogidi. Thank you so much for picking up a copy of my book. It really, really, really means a lot to me, and I hope it helps you find your one word.
So, thank you guys again for watching. I believe in you. I hope you continue to believe in yourself, and whatever your one word is. Much love, and I’ll see you again tomorrow morning for another shot of Entspresso.
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