For years, I talked about what I was going to do with my life “someday.” I’d write that book. Or give that speech. Or start that business. Someday.
There were moments were it was easy to draw up elaborate plans in my head about what I’d like to do. There were others where I didn’t know what my dream was, just that it wasn’t this.
And at the end of every day, the same thing would happen – I’d wait for someday while at the same time telling my kids they could be anything they set their minds to.
I know it’s silly for both those ideas to live in the same house, but they did.
I dared my kids to dream while ignoring my own dream.
But what do you do when you’re a dad with a full time job, a thousand responsibilities and just the faintest ember that you might have been created for something more? You can’t just tell your family, “Daddy, has a dream! I’m going to ignore you kids and your mom this next month while I take a sabbatical and grow a Ron Swanson beard and learn how to carve corn cob pipes in a cabin on the side of a cliff.”
Can you be a great dad and be a great dreamer?
Can you chase a dream without wrecking your life?
Can you set an example for your own kids and their kids and the generations to come?
I think you can.
That’s why I wrote Quitter. Because someday isn’t coming.
“Later” will not be found on any calendar you ever own.
Time is short and fast and we’ve got to make the most of it.
If you’ve got a dad who has a dream, or a husband you know is capable of so many things, don’t get them a tie this father’s day.
No one has ever changed the world with a tie.
Or a bottle of Nautica cologne, that it is delightful and smells like a sailboat.
Get your father or your husband a copy of Quitter.
Better yet, send them to the Quitter Conference in Nashville, TN. Every year, we hear that story over and over again from people who come. “My wife knows I’ve got a passion for starting my own business and he sent me to the Quitter Conference, I’m so glad she supported my dream that way!”
Whether you’re a father, a mother, a college student or a retired coal miner, the truth is the same for all of us.
There is no someday.
The time to dream is now.