There are very few things in life that we are born doing really well (other than crying profusely and testing the durability claims made by diaper companies of course).
While “gifts” may be apparent and certain activities appealing, one must pursue desires and hone the skills necessary to do well.
Michael Jordan may have showed an exceptional talent, but it was his hard work that made him legendary with a basketball. Leonardo da Vinci may have captured images well in his mind, and had above average abilities in countless areas (drawing, painting, sculpting, science, philosophy); but many pencils, lumps of clay, notebooks and canvases marked the pathway towards his realized potential. Harriet Tubman may have always had a love for others and compassion for those around her, but it was her active pursuit of justice that helped sculpt her into the hero she has become to be known as.
These three individuals have, among many things, one specific commonality that I want to draw on; they were overcomers.
They were not satisfied with the status quo, they were not satisfied with “the standard”. In fact, Ii would wager that they were not satisfied with “their standard”, and they sought to better themselves day after day. I am sure that there were days where Jordan would have much rather prefered to have been with friends or family rather than run sprints; and Tubman would have wanted to safety and security rather than dangerous and death-defying living, but they most likely chose otherwise.
While I may not be the next legendary basketball player to dunk and defy the laws of gravity, nor invent the next greatest contraption, nor save countless mistreated and oppressed individuals, I still have the ability to make investments every day that will reap a tremendous reward (even if intrinsically). Although I may not go down in history, I can over come.
“But how?”, you may ask.
As I was trying to find a way to get better at writing, improve in my martial arts skills, become physically stronger, mentally stronger, emotionally intelligent, and spiritually mature and engaged, I realized there was really only one way; I needed to “just do it”. I need to write more, I need to train more, I need to think more, I need to feel more and I need to actively pursue the spiritual.
Nike, the industry/company known by it’s “Check Mark” logo, is based on the concept of “overcoming”. The Greek word νίκη, pronounced “nē’-kā” (or for those who have a hard time with understanding that, like me, “Knee-kay”) means victory, and is the root word for overcome (νικάω, nē-kä’-ō).
To be a Victor, to overcome, I need to DO; all else is a continuation of that “doing”, it is daily and hourly intentionality, that is built every second of every minute.