Life is more than just rehearsal
Life is more than just practice
Sometimes you have to take your shot!
This life is your chance to live your dreams
This is your chance to be true to yourself
This is your chance to be awesomely happy
In every soccer field in the world, you'll hear coaches screaming,
"Take your shot!"
My personal journey with this lesson:
While at the University of Texas, I was elected to run the STEP (Strategic Training on the European Program) Conference for our international student group called AIESEC
If I was going to take this conference world-wide, I needed backers, big time backers. So I snuck into a speech for Grad students only (which I wasn't) where Jim Hayes the publisher at Fortune Magazine was speaking.
After he finished, I ran up to him (literally) before the Grad students got to him. I told him about STEP in 30 seconds and got his business card. He mentioned that I could give him a call, that he would be 'interested to hear more'. I called his office and finagled a meeting with him in his high rise office win New York. Rockefeller Center, Baby!
My suit was so small that I had to turn sideways to shake his hand so my sleeve wouldn't rise up to my elbow! He listened to my 15 minute pitch and he ended up giving us a full page ad in his magazine! We sold space on that page to our next 5 biggest contributors. This single page that was the key to our fundraising efforts.
And it never would have happened if I didn't take my shot!!!
Remember, as the great Wayne Gretky said,
"You miss 100% of the shots you never take"