Chiquandra C. Cross

How Bad Do You Want It


This week my friend and fellow 31 day blog challenge partner, Nikki, has been blogging about motivation week.  After reading several of her posts, I decided to share one of my favorite motivational videos.

I can’t remember the first time I watched Randy Pausch‘s Last Lecture, but I usually watch it along with two of my other favorite motivational videos at least three times a year.

Randy’s last lecture was funny, inspirational, compassionate and a love letter to his children.  He stood in front of a room filled beyond capacity to deliver it and for about an hour and fifteen minutes he held the audience captive.  The elephant in the room was that he was dying of pancreatic cancer, but to look at him it was hard to tell.  While on stage he did not exhibit the disposition or behavior of a dying man.  In fact, early in the video he does several push-ups to demonstrate his physical fitness.

During the lecture he talks about the obstacles that we are all bound to face.  He said,

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”

This resonated with me because we often focus on the obstacles and accuse them of keeping us from reaching our dreams, when in fact the obstacle is there to do the exact opposite.  The obstacle is there to remind us of how bad we want it.

How bad do you want it?  How many obstacles are you willing to overcome in order to achieve your dreams?  The next time an obstacle appears, I challenge you to look at is for what it really is, an opportunity to prove to yourself how bad you really want it and then go about the business of overcoming it and keep trudging forward.  The farther away you get from that obstacle the freer you are to get your stride back and move forward faster.


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