Best Advice I Ever Got: Have the Courage to Follow Your Vision

I attribute much of our success to three pieces of advice that have become our guiding principles:

1. Ask, “How much do I really want it?”

My high school crew coach told me that success only depends on one thing: how much you really want it. The difference between winning and losing, he would say, is nothing more than deciding that you want to win.


This advice has had a huge impact on my life and career. Every time I’ve dreamt up a new idea or venture, my coach’s words have come to mind: How much do you really want this?


Asking yourself this question forces you to pause and evaluate the situation honestly. Do you have a true passion for it? Are you ready to do whatever it takes to make it work? Taking a genuine look at how much something matters to you will help you weed out certain projects and make time for the ones that truly captivate you.


You’re the captain of your own ship, so at the end of the day, you must trust yourself to do what’s right.


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