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“I won’t turn out to be as great as my Dad.” Vann murmured under his breath as if he were afraid someone else might overhear. “He started out with…”
“Yeah yeah, I know. You’ve told us your dad’s story a couple dozen times already.” Criss interrupted, as he slowly sips his tea.
Smoke continues to fill up the living room as Kirk lights up his fifth stick of Marlboro reds for the night. His lips and teeth stained with nicotine, he cracks a smile at Criss Lindon while twirling his cigarette between his fingers. Marlboro red on his right hand, and a self-help book for Aspiring Writers on his left.
This is a typical Saturday night at at Vann Kendall’s apartment. Five packs of cigarettes, two cases of beer and a lot of junk food on the table laid out in a wonderful fashion called “a damn mess.”
“Your daddy started with nothing, but then he created something big and got filthy rich in a year. That’s the whole thing, right?” Criss continues to sip his tea. He adjusts his eyeglasses, loosens his collar and unbuttons his shirt. No one could ever tell this sharp-dressed man was a starving bum living in the most comfortable residential estate in the area, Vann’s dusty, mold-infested couch.
“I can never do that.” Vann stands up and walks toward the window blinds. “I can’t aim that high. I need to start small. Get some experience first, maybe for a couple of years, then I’ll think about starting my own business. But until then, I guess I have to start at the bottom. I’m not cut out to be the kind of guy my Dad was.”
“That’s great and all, buddy. But you’re not the only one who thinks you can’t make it big.” Criss leans back on his residential estate and puts his feet on the table, crushing some potato chips with the heel of his left shoe. “I’m the kind of guy that the whole world is mad at. For some insane reason, everyone hates me. I was born to be a broke loser. But it’s how I roll, baby!”
By now the smoke has started to clear, and while Kirk kills his cigarette with his right hand, his left turns the page of his book. “At least you guys got awesome grades in school, I suck on that aspect. ” Kirk flips the page one more time. His page per minute ratio has become insanely high in the last few years. “I don’t have any of that fancy education stuff. I need to learn everything from the beginning. I have a long way to go.”
“Vann” – You need to be mediocre before you can succeed
Vann’s a spoiled little rich kid with a good college education. Brought to him by funds from his wealthy father.
His downfall comes from his perception that his Dad worked his butt off to get the money that he has, and that this is something he can never do. At least, not now.
You see, Vann believes he needs to start mediocre, and stick to doing that until heaven showers him with a gift check for a promotion.
Although a lot of us start small, it’s not cool to stick with it for a long time.
Keep hungering for growth. Do not settle. When you see an opportunity, grab it as fast as you can. Don’t be afraid to do great things.
“Kirk” – You need to be an expert
Chris Brogan just posted something about us not being total experts. None of us truly are.
We all have room for improvement in what we do. Those people claiming to be experts or gurus can go to hell for all I care.
No one person can know everything. We’re not God, if you’re into Christianity, or any other faith for that matter.
Kirk is someone who believes that he doesn’t deserve to go for an opportunity because he’s not as learned as his two other friends. He believes that he needs to learn more.
The kicker is, we all do. We all need to learn more, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t take on new challenges, or aspire to be greater than what we can imagine.
In Chris Brogan’s own words:
Let’s not be experts.
“Criss” – You don’t deserve to get more than what you have
Our third character, Criss, believes that just because he’s had a rough time growing up he doesn’t deserve to have shape a good life for himself.
We’ve been there at some point in our lives.
We’ve been bullied. We’ve been criticized. We’ve been called mediocre.
That doesn’t mean you don’t deserve your shot at fame, your hole-in-one, your big break, your ultimate business venture.
Whatever you have right now? It’s nothing compared to what you truly deserve, which is everything you’ve ever dreamed of.
But it doesn’t come to you. Again, you have to grab it. Take the first step. Launch that blog. Write that book. Pick up that cutting knife and start cooking the most amazing dish the world has ever seen.
So what do you think?
Do you deserve to do great things? Do you still need to become an expert before starting your business? Do you deserve to have your wildest dreams come true? Tell me what you feel, write it down below in the comments section.
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