Richie Norton is an entrepreneur, author, blogger, speaker, and international business development consultant. Here, he shares his advice on achieving your dreams by having the faith to embrace new opportunities.
“I plead with you not to let those most important things pass you by as you plan for that illusive and nonexistent future when you will have time to do all that you want to do. Instead, find joy in the journey—now.” —Thomas S. Monson
I was 24 years old, newly married, just finishing college, and poorer than dirt. I went to pitch one of my own stupid ideas to an investment banker—a multimillionaire who had achieved success many times over. He listened intently as I went over my business plan; then he leaned back in his chair and told me that I reminded him a lot of himself back when he was in college. Lost in nostalgia, he talked about how exciting and satisfying life had been in those days. Like me, he’d been active, happy, enthusiastic, and full of hope. Back then, he was living the lifestyle of his dreams. He slowly shook his head and, with definite regret in his voice, told me that he had been working his entire adult life, all with the intent of someday getting back to the life he used to have when he was my age—the life my penniless, 24-year-old self was living right then.
“How much of human life is lost in waiting!” —Ralph Waldo Emerson
Before my experience with the successful investment banker, I had always aimed to be successful, earn a respectable living, and make my mark on the world. But as I looked at the years of regret etched into that man’s face, I thought, “Is this what I’m after? Is this the success I am seeking?” I knew that I would end up living a life of regret if I too got lost in the busyness of life—lost in waiting.
Then and there I made a decision: I refuse to achieve “success” at the expense of my life. The two—life success and genuine fulfillment—will have to go hand in hand, because I will not keep my head down for the next 40 years only to look up at the end and say, “Now I can finally start living!”
Don’t get lost in waiting. Don’t live a life of regret. Don’t lose out on opportunities that can influence your life and the lives of others for good. There is a great saying, often attributed to Abraham Lincoln, that poignantly reminds us, “Good things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”
For more ideas on how to embrace opportunities around us and live life to the fullest, watch this video quoting Thomas S. Monson: