“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” ~ John Sculley
I have always wanted to own my own company. Let’s just say I’ve always had an entrepreneurial spirit.
When I was young I was always trying to make a dollar out of 15 cents. LOL! Selling my old clothes, washing cars for money, anything (legal) to make some pocket change. I always knew I would take that leap of faith, but I wasn’t quite ready. That is, until 9/11/01.
During that time ,I was a manager for United Airlines, a corporation that was hemorrhaging from several financial crises, including the terrorist attacks of 9/11. Because I was tired of the uncertainty of the stability of the company, I decided with the help of my family that it was a good time for me to start doing something by myself for myself.
I decided to follow my dream of becoming a real estate professional. I opened a full service, Real Estate Brokerage, where I was able to combine my love of real estate, philanthropy, marketing and technology. Of course, it was a significant strain at first. It was a lot of pressure and stress on the whole family, money and time wise, but through prayer and perseverance, we’ve found that balance that keeps us all happy:
Even in the midst of tough economic times, my business is growing. I’ve been happily married for twenty years and counting. I’m connected with my three boys. I have an active social life. And most important, I love what I do.
Is it possible during challenging times to be this way? I say yes! I simply decided a long time ago to live by design – not default, no matter what else is happening in the world, including crumbling financial markets, plummeting real estate values, and other outside events we all deal with every day.
Now, what if I told you that you can achieve the same results in your own life by taking on two important attributes? It’s simple. You need passion and persistence.
Passion is the power source that drives us and makes us persist over time and in the face of adversity. But alone it is not enough. Vision without action deteriorates into daydreaming. Without persistence, passion fades.
Most people have not because of conditioning and the environment in which they live. If you follow your dreams you can break out of the mold that you’ve been living in.
Decide today to start a business, write a book, or whatever your heart desires. You’re not doing this just for yourself. Do it for your family and loved ones. Do it for all the people who told you at one time or another that you couldn’t.
Most important, do it for you, my friend.
Have you ever had to follow your dreams despite all odds like Terrance, Fam? What’s your story?
Terrance – social entrepreneur and businessman – serves as the executive director of Helping Others Provide Excellence (HOPE), a nonprofit agency focused on creating a pipeline of informed, aware, and strategic emerging African-American nonprofit leaders who are passionate about both leadership and African-American issues. Connect with him on Facebook and Twitter.