Ever since I was a little girl, I have dreamed of being world-class. My brother and I would spend afternoons on the front porch swing talking about what it would be like when we were finally on the medal stand receiving our first Olympic Gold medals. Deep within us, we were confident that we had something great for the world, and while we might have been mistaken by the medium, we were not mistaken by our hearts. Neither Nick nor I changed the world through the sport of swimming, and neither one of us even came close to qualifying for the Olympics. Instead, we have found archeology and fitness. We all have a desire deep within us, something that we sometimes suffocate out of fear that we will fail, that we will be laughed at, or that it just doesn’t seem realistic to achieve. The things that are put on our hearts are there for a reason, trust them. Do not trust the rational and logical thinking that you use to dissuade yourself from following your purpose in life with every ounce of passion that you have within you.
The question isn’t who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me. Ayn Rand couldn’t have said it any better. Nick and I are world-class — just like we knew as children — because we have chosen fields that make us come alive and that ignite us with the drive to be the absolute best that we can be. It is when you truly hone your craft and your heart that you can be the best version of yourself possible, and that my friends, is world-class.
World-class is a focused desire to be exactly in life where you are meant to be so that in turn, your example changes lives. Be world-class: live your passion.