I keep thinking about the old Saturday Night Live skit with comedian Eddie Murphy dressed as the cartoon character Gumby… when he would yell “I’m Gumby Damnit!” Forget Gumby. But one bad mother factual we need to focus on is Mahatma Gandhi.
Gandhi was a lawyer, human rights activist, and overall badass that had some sayings that are timeless for current and wanna be ass-kickers. Let’s look at few “Gandhi Gems” and how to apply them:
Be the change you want to see in the world. Don’t wait on other people to get things done. You get it done. You be the first. You be the leader. Don’t procrastinate. Don’t care what other people say or think. You might fail and die trying, but what else do you have to do?
Live as if you are going to die tomorrow. As rabid basketball coaches will tell you, “leave it all on the floor.” In other words, don’t take any saved up energy into the locker room. Work today like your life ends tomorrow. It sounds morbid to most, but to me it’s motivational. Push yourself. Test yourself. You might just find out that you have been half-assing it a little too much.
The future depends on what you do today. Now that’s beautiful. Success is incremental, and your future success and accomplishments will be traced back to what you do today, tomorrow, the next day, etc. Be that 10-year overnight sensation!
First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they fight you. Then you win. Keep your blinders on all the way to the bank… and all the way to achieving your goals. The naysayers will always be out in force as you climb your ladder of success, so ignore the noise as you stay focused on what you are trying to get done.
The next time the negative dingwads in your life ask why you are working so hard, why are you so focused, why you don’t care what people think… You can simply answer them with two loud words: GANDHI DAMNIT!