What Would You Do If It Was Your Last Chance?

What do Kurt Warner, football quarterback from the Arizona Cardinals, linebacker James Harrison for the Pittsburg Steelers, I (and you) have in common? 

Kurt Warner graduated from a small college (the University of Northern Iowa), where he didn’t get a chance to start at quarterback until his senior year.  He attended the Green Bay Packers training camp in 1994 and was released before the season began.  It was during this time that Warner stocked shelves at a Hy-Vee grocery store for $5.50 an hour.  Warner went on to start as quarterback in three Super Bowls, winning one.

Linebacker James Harrison began his pro career in 2002 and was cut from the Pittsburg Steelers twice, then he was cut again from the Baltimore Ravens in 2004.   Harrison signed with the Steelers for the third time in 2004.   Harrison decided 2004 with the Steelers would be his last chance to be a real NFL player, or he’d give up on his dream and get a regular job, perhaps driving a bus, or flipping burgers in a fast food joint.  Instead Harrison ended up making an interception in the 2009 Super Bowl, propelling his team to victory.

Both of these NFL stars, Warner and Harrison, performed when they needed to.  I am not talking about during the super bowl, but years earlier when their backs were to the wall.  Both of them made their dreams come true when they viewed it as being their last chance to make it.  How about you?  Are you ready to give it your all and make your dreams come true? 

As I commented in my first blog, I have been laid off, divorced, had a life threatening brain tumor operation and laid off again.  I will be 53 years old tomorrow, February 4th, 2009.  I have been a part-time professional speaker for three years, now full-time, and my book “Internal Vision – A Ten-Day Journey to True Happiness” will be out in mid-March.   I view this opportunity as my last chance to do what I really want to do, which is to be a speaker and a writer.  Will I make it?  Only time will tell, but I know I will never give up.

If I have to work in a Hy-Vee store, drive a bus, or flip burgers on my way to making my dream come true, I will.  The most important thing is that I am in the game.  I am in the game of life and I am not sitting on the sidelines watching others play like I was for so many years of my life.  How about you?  What is your passion?  What if this was your last chance to experience that passion to the fullest?  This is your last chance to get into the game.

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