Today your friendly motivational speaker asks: “Are you hungry?”
It’s obvious that I’m not walking around hungry. But that’s not the kind of hungry I’m talking about. I’m talking about a different kind.
When I was a new speaker, I remember asking a mentor if I should take that job even though it wasn’t the best opportunity in the world. And she said, “You will if you’re hungry.” And so began the starving stage of my dream – that place where you will take anything, even the scraps, because you need every open door you can find. I remember laying awake night after night wondering how I was going to get that next job. I remember all the times I bombed on stage. I remember all the times I got paid in chicken. All the times I took the wrong gig. All the times I wondered if this was all worth it. All the horrible experiences that stacked up just like the unpaid bills. And I should remember, because I was hungry for years.
Well now I’m not so hungry. Now the seeds I planted are sprouting. Now I’m actually seeing what I have had to imagine for so long. And not a day goes by that I don’t remember where I came from. And with this new experience brings something even more scary than the hunger stage – the complacent stage. Here is the moment when I can coast. Here is the moment when I get to ride that magic carpet. Here is the moment when I can soar. And here is the moment that I can lose it all if I’m not careful. Because once I lose my hunger, I start to lose my drive. I start to ease up on the pedal. And when this happens, I start to lose momentum, and others start to pass me – others more hungry – others more driven.
And so today, while I reap what I have sown, I will also do what it takes to become hungry again. Because while it may not be pleasant, it’s in the hunger stage where we truly grow and come out stronger.
And so I ask myself, and in turn ask you: ARE YOU HUNGRY?