Dean Cardinale fighting avalanches in the Rocky Mountains
What are you willing to do to create a magnificent life? Are you willing to make tough choices? I have news for you. You’ll either pay the price of discipline by following your heart or you’ll pay the price of regret.
You only live once. What do you want to do? Are you moving towards it?
When I was young I had no idea what I wanted to do for a living. My parents wanted me to be a doctor and I liked science, so I studied pre-med in college. My heart was not in it. Neither were my grades. But I went on to get degrees in chemistry and biology. Actually worked in a chemical lab the last two years while in school. As soon as I graduated, I quit my job in the lab and started waiting tables.
My parents wanted to kill me. But after working in that lab, waiting tables was like a breath of fresh air. My station at the restaurant was a little like my own business. The better I took care of my guests, the more I earned.
After a few years I got into sales and in 2002 I became a professional speaker. I would not trade what I do for anything in the world. The speaking business fits me like a glove.
And I’m saving lives every day by NOT being a doctor. Believe me, you don’t want me operating on you.
So what’s the point? The point is that you’ll never be at your best unless you are doing something that fits you.
My friend Dean Cardinale has a similar story. He got his engineering degree and worked as an engineer for 4 months. After 4 months he realized engineering wasn’t for him. So he quit his job and waited tables at the Sunbird Ski Resort in Utah. Dean’s parents wanted to kill him too. They actually disowned him for a long time. But read on to learn how Dean’s decision helped him get to the top of the world.
(By the way, Dean was my guide when we climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro a few years ago)
Don’t settle for second best. (article about Dean’s quest for his dream)
Olympic Motivational Speaker Ruben Gonzalez