My great uncle Charlie was a man with a goal. He wanted to drive a truck at a coal mine. He stopped at the mine frequently, asking for a job. Unfortunately there never was an opening for him there. But, that didn’t stop Uncle Charlie. He continued to stop at the mine every week or two and ask for a truck driving job.
Finally, one day the mine foreman got so tired of seeing Uncle Charlie that he offered him a job.
“See all of those weeds over by the road,” he told Uncle Charlie in an effort to get him to leave for good. “Go pull them.”
Much to the foreman’s surprise, Uncle Charlie didn’t balk at the menial task or go home – he headed right over to the road and put in an 8-hour day pulling weeds.
By the end of the day, the Foreman was so impressed with Uncle Charlie’s work ethic, that he offered him a job driving a truck.
In the same way, my Aunt D had a dream of buying a trailer house, fixing it up, and flipping it.
Aunt D had lost a lot of money in the cattle market, and was praying for a way to make a fresh start. She found an old trailer house and knew it was a good deal. All she needed was the financing to buy the house.
Aunt D went to every bank in town for a loan, but they all turned her down. That didn’t stop her though. She did more research and brought more evidence to the banks proving she could make the deal work. Seven of the 8 banks in town turned her down for a loan again.
One banker though, was so impressed with her initiative that he took a chance on her and gave her the loan.
That loan was just the beginning of a successful real estate career for Aunt D.
My dad has a similar story. He grew up on a farm and always knew that he wanted to be a farmer. Unfortunately though, his folks didn’t live on a big enough farm to pass it on to him. My dad didn’t give up though.
He worked extra jobs, lived in cheap rental houses and saved money to reach his goals. He didn’t get to start farming on his own until he was in his late 30s (and faced many obstacles along the way), but today he is living his dream. He still works a full-time job, but he is farming and ranching just like he always wanted to.
I love those stories because they remind me of the perseverance needed to achieve a goal. Uncle Charlie, Aunt D or my dad would not have gotten to live their dreams if they would have taken no for an answer.
By nature, I am a dreamer, but I don’t have a never-give-up attitude. I’m quick to admit defeat when it comes to reaching a goal.
So this year, my biggest resolution is not to give up on my dreams. I hope to someday make a full-time career out of writing and I hope to live in the country with my family and own a few cows. They are big dreams that I have had for a long time. This year though, I am going to pursue them more than I ever have before.
On my blog this year I hope that I can inspire you to never give up on your dreams. I’ve lined up some interviews with successful people from many walks of life. I want to uncover what makes them tick and reveal the struggles and victories that they faced in an effort to achieve their dreams.
What’s your best piece of advice for achieving a dream?