I was looking at Judge Mathis today and a woman was suing her step-son for money. He was a heroin addict and had spent over $75,000 in less than a year’s time feeding his habit! $75,000!!! That is more than a lot of people make in a year. Shoot, even if you “make” $75,000, you aren’t bringing that home after taxes. I was astounded. What really got me to thinking was the fact that this man came up with the money he needed because he had to. His addiction was so strong that he lost his cars, home, and job and did whatever else to find money.
It’s funny how a physical addiction like that can make a person do whatever it takes to get what they want. They will do the unthinkable for their habit. Nothing is impossible for them.
- No job? Doesn’t matter.
- No money? It can be found.
- No family or friends? There’s always somebody still holding out hope who will enable them.
Now let’s pretend that instead of this physical addiction he was chasing, it was a dream or goal. He had the same determination as a heroin addict to make sure he got what he wanted. With that kind of effort he would be almost guaranteed to succeed. But, do you think he would’ve risked $75,000 in less than 12 months to get to where he wanted to be in life? I highly doubt it. Why? Because when it comes to dreams and goals, these are things that people aspire to but they don’t always want to put in the work. I’m not saying you have to refinance your home or sell off your cars to attain your dream, although some people do. I’m saying that people usually don’t even put in the time needed to attain their dreams and goals.
Time is money. The time you spend on getting to where you want to be in life is just as valuable as actually spending money to help you get there. Just like you may spend money on classes or seminars to learn about a skill set or topic, you can also spend time each day reading, researching and learning more about your dreams.
A lot of people talk the talk, but don’t walk the walk. It’s not easy, but nothing worthwhile is. It’s just harder for some of us to truly see the future and know that we can have whatever we want. That’s what a junkie can teach us. Nothing is impossible when you really want it bad! What’s your addiction?