From June of 2010 to June of 2012, LeBron James was the athlete that I hated the most. Now before I go any further this is unequivocally tied to entrepreneurship, just follow me for a second. The Ironic thing about LeBron James’ journey is that like a lot of ours. Not that we all exude his awesome athletic ability, but a person with a voracious amount of raw ability, who at times loses sight of that.
James is a 6’8 250 pound athletic, agile, specimen of a basketball player, but it took him 9-years until he was able to win his first championship. Even when he took his talents to South Beach, he lost in probably one of the worst ways. When you and I fail at something, we don’t have the world looking at us, dissecting our shortfalls, and wondering if we’re ever going to be good enough. Though that’s true, I know I would be lying to you if I told you I never asked myself that question. Arthur, will you be good enough when you reach this place you are aspiring to reach? If you are presented that opportunity of a lifetime, are you going to keep yourself from dropping the ball?
We all have these kinds of thoughts. They are very normal thoughts, but what is completely unacceptable is limiting your self to them. Believe it or not you have all the tools inside you to be whoever you want to be in this life. The question is do you want to risk failure to achieve it? A lot of people’s answer to that is no, and they just play it safe. The way this life works is, whatever you put out into it, is exactly what you get back. If you play life safely, and never take chances, your life will be one of mediocrity. Nothing is wrong with that, but for anyone that wants to do something great, that is just not going to cut it.
If you are never able to get over that “potential failure” obstacle, I’m sorry to tell you, you’ll never achieve the most out this life. Take chances, and understand that success is a process. Rome wasn’t built in a day, it took many years, a lot of work, and a lot of stress on a lot of people to get it to where it is.
My mother always tells me in her talks with me, “Arthur, life is all about choices”. Its completely up to you on how successful you want to be.As the Olmec Head once used to say on one of my favorite childhood shows, Legends of the Hidden Temple, “The choice is yours and yours alone—good luck”
Arthur Stuart is the Co-Founder of Shift Here and Director of the The Time is Now Festival. A graduate of North Carolina A&T State University, that continues to serve as a student & young professional liaison and entrepreneurship ambassador. He can be reached by email at Arthur.Stuart10 [at] gmail.com