What If You're Successful?

I woke up on Friday to a wonderful surprise: incredibly talented photographer  and my dear friend, Joe Martinez, was featured in the New Yorker’s article on the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella. 


But then I had an even bigger surprise when I looked at Joe’s Twitter feed:

Joe’s posts moved me so much that I had to write this blog post. 

When I’m feeling frustrated, I sometimes wonder if motivational messages and personal development are overrated.  I wonder if they’re just words that make us temporarily feel good before we descend back into the daily grind. 

But when I read Joe’s posts, a realization struck me in my core: these words matter. 

Yes, they’re just words.  But they have the power to create a new story that we tell ourselves about who we are and what we’re capable of achieving. 

Yes, they’re just words.  But they propel us to take action and make decisions that will forever change our lives. 

Yes, they’re just words.  But we never know what kind of a difference they will make in someone’s day or life.

I am so proud of Joe, who has worked incredibly hard to achieve the success he’s had.  He inspires me to keep motivating people and sharing positive messages of empowerment. 

It takes a lot of action behind the words to make an impact on this world.  But if we don’t start with the words, we might never take action at all.  

And that would be a shame.  Because after all… what if you’re successful?  

Posted on May 7, 2015 .