You know what I love about sunrises? They are a fresh start to a new day. Colorful sky lit up with hope. Just like the start of a new school year. Today was our first official day back and our opening meeting. It was the sunrise of a new year.
One line from the opening presentation is ringing in my thoughts tonight, “Be the best.” Not competitive, nor arrogant, just best. It’s about that place where you reside that you constantly are reaching, moving, growing, and reflecting. Rinse. Repeat. Never settling. Not a hollow kind of best, like the best cupcake or the best day ever. Best. All in. Like every cell in your body gave an effort toward trying. The place where exhaustion is laden with satisfaction, and effort is fueled by passion.
Steve Jobs once said, “Stay hungry. Stay foolish.” And we need to be just foolish enough to believe that tomorrow is a chance to be better than today. Even with massive failures, impossible odds, or challenging circumstances. We remain hungry enough to try. We invest with our whole heart.
Because anything less than that kind of effort? It’s just not worth it. You could wait to give your best, next month, next year, when you get this degree, or finish that book, or scale that mountain… but there is only one now.
Special thanks to John Spencer for inspiring with his video, “Life is Meant To Be Epic.” I challenge you to watch his video and think about your school year – and above all, go make it epic.