Maybe we can have it all. Just not all at once.
Want to have an incredible beach body? Give up many of the foods you like.
Want to be a competitive eater? Give up abs of steel.
Want to wear designer clothes, drive a sports car, and purchase every new toy on the market…on an entry level salary? Give up trying to be the youngest self-made billionaire.
Want to retire at fifty? Give up spending money like a drunken sailor on shore leave.
Want to graduate summa cum laude? Give up hopes of winning the coveted Beer Pong trophy.
Want to take that job in the city? Give up the quiet life you have built for yourself in the country.
Want to take that first promotion into management? Give up being rewarded for being a subject-matter expert.
Want to build a reputation for being the “go to” at work? Give up your 9 to 5 mindset.
Want to have a couple of children? Give up going on spontaneous road trips with your buddies in the middle of the night.
Want to be average? You don’t have to give up anything.
Want to leave your mark, be the best at what you do, compete at the Olympic level in your field? Give up everything that doesn’t take you closer to your goal.
Michelangelo would have described his ability to sculpt like this: “Want to turn a block of marble into an angel? Give up the pieces of marble that aren’t part of the angel.”