If at First You Succeed, Try, Try, Try Again [Video]

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In that video, I tell a story about an inspiring young kid I saw out in California. This kid would wake up every morning to practice surfing. He lived out his early mornings as a rookie, shamelessly dedicating himself hours before school began to better his skills. He came back again and again at 5 a.m. to work harder than the day before regardless of his performance.

Let me back up. I was in California for a leadership summit. While I was there, a friend texted me and asked why.

Now, I've been in business for 19 years. I consider myself successful. And I've had many moments where I've thought, "I arrived."

This begs some important questions: have I? Do any of us truly "arrive"?

Where in your life are you looking at it and saying, ‘I’ve Arrived,’ when the reality of it is, you’re still just a rookie.

Steve Lowisz

The answer is, no; I haven't truly arrived, and neither have you--despite any successes you've had. We should never look at our lives and say we've reached the top. When we start to look at things in that perspective, that's the moment we start to decline.

That young surfer ignited the idea that we should all live our lives like rookies. We should always wake up every day with the goal of getting better and better, no matter what it takes. Once we start to feel complacent, we need to challenge ourselves and our ideals. We need to ditch any excuses we may have about personal and professional growth, break down those barriers, and do exactly what that surfer did: simply keep trying.

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