Someone once said, “You can’t have everything, but you can have anything you want.” I believe this to be true. Besides, I don’t even have room for the things I have. I am not sure where I would put everything.
History has shown us that people can’t have everything but it has also given us many examples of people who wanted something and found a way through the impossible to get it.
Regardless of whether that “anything” is a business thing or a personal thing, as long as it is available or attainable, you can have it. The Wright Brothers wanted human flight. As Charles Kettering put it, “The Wright Brothers flew right through the smoke screen of impossibility.” They grabbed the one “anything” they wanted most. How? The answer is sacrifice.
The more unobtainable the thing you want is, generally the more you will have to sacrifice to obtain it. You will have to give up other things to obtain the “anything” you want the most.
Many business owners, including myself, want to grow their business. People want to lose weight. Others want a boat, a new car, a new career, etc. They each can have anything they want but they will have to sacrifice something to get it. For me to lose weight, I have to sacrifice sugar. For me to have a boat or a new car, I would have to sacrifice travel and family time. For me to grow my business, I have to sacrifice some of my free time to spend on my business.
The world is like a giant store and we go through the aisles putting things we want in our cart. We might start a hobby and it goes in the cart. Our businesses, jobs, careers, families, friends, belongings, and more go into our carts. When we reach the checkout stand and it is time to pay, we find that our currency of time is limited. We may find that we are “out of time” and will have to put things back. The world doesn’t give refunds. Once we spend our time, we don’t get it back. Our wants will always outnumber our time.
If we carefully choose the “anythings” we want in our lives and are grateful we can’t have everything, we will find we have the time for the most important things and wants in our lives. You really can have anything you want.
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