How bad do you want it?

Country music, love it or hate it, has some of the most encompassing lyrics of any genre.

New love and heartbreak.
Inspiration and depression.
Fun-loving and foolhardy.
Somber and insightful.


One of my favorite Tim McGraw songs has this refrain:

How bad do you want it?
How bad do you need it?
Are you eating, sleeping, dreaming with that one thing on your mind?

We all have dreams. We all want to be somebody. To “make a dent in the universe” as it were.

But are we doing anything about it? Are we putting in the hard work and hustling in the side margins to accomplish what we claim to dream about? Or do we quickly associate ourselves with the end results of our dreams without ever actually achieving them?

I don’t know what your dream is, but you should have one. And you should work hard to make it happen. That means clarifying your goals, assessing your priorities, and making sacrifices.

My dream is to be a professional writer. I want to publish books, write online, and speak at events.

But lately I’ve failed to do the one thing that all writers must do.


That’s right. I want to be a writer and I’m not writing. Perfectly logical.

Every successful writer has one thing in common. They write. Whether it’s for the New York Times or a simple personal blog.

The trouble with transforming dreams into a reality is that it takes work. Discipline is simple, it’s just not easy.

Practice doesn’t make you perfect. It makes you a pro.

And the same goes for every other vocation.

  • Musicians make music.
  • Teachers teach.
  • Mechanics fix machines.
  • Realtors sell real estate.
  • Baristas make coffee.
  • You get the idea.

No matter what your dream is, you must take daily action. Otherwise you’re just wasting time with your head in the clouds. And annoying your friends and family.

This is where the rubber meets the road.

How bad do you want it?


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