When it Hurts is a motivational compilation – enjoy!
Bottom line is the fact that I realised that even the group people I hung around with, you know, it was easy for me to think that I was doing a lot because I was doing more to try to move myself forward than they were and I should be the weakest link in my chain that I have and that will make me be stronger and make me run faster.
I mean like an analogy I’ve always used is, all right, if you run the hundred-yard dash with people that can’t run as fast, yeah, you’ll win hands down, yeah you know that, but if you run with people much faster than you, all right, yeah you might come in last every single time but your time will be better because they’re making you run all the faster. They’re making you dig down just a little bit more. It doesn’t matter that you run, your time is faster.”
“My dreams don’t live down there – that’s what my granddad used to tell me. When I used to walk into projects, I look down – I see crack needles, I see bullets, I see bloodstains… but when I looked in the sky, I saw my dreams. I saw my opportunity. When I would go to school they would tell me I was too dumb. They told me I’d be like my father, like my family. Selling dope! Going to the penitentiary. Never seeing what the real world would be.
See, I was a kid couldn’t read till was 16, but my dream was bigger than my reality. I’m telling you, young king, keep fighting because your life depends on it. Just like when you get hit with that bullet and your boys are telling you don’t stop breathing, don’t stop fighting. You still got life to live, because if you lay there in your pool of blood, you’re going to die there, young king. Young king, learn how to fight for your purpose and not the money.”
“You got to have a vision. A vision for what it is you really truly want. A vision is about what you’re here to create. A vision that really works is one that excites you. It has to be a compelling vision, has got to have something that has the power to pull you, not something you have to push yourself to do. With the two different kinds of motivation, push requires willpower and willpower never lasts. What will last is pull. Having something so exciting, so attractive so… something you desire so much, that you have a hard time going to sleep at night, you get so up early in the morning to a rocket and take it to the next level.”
“Do you know what it takes to be great? Are you willing to go that extra mile? Our grinder wakes up early; he stays up late. I tell you time and time again you will get tired, but if you have a why it will give you that extra strip, that extra foot you need, that extra hour you need. The courage. The mental mentality. Why are you different from everyone else who’s trying to do the same thing you’re doing? What makes you stand out? Why are you so important? Somebody is waiting for you to mess up. Somebody is waiting for you to give up. Someone is waiting for you to fall. So, don’t just talk about your grind. Don’t just talk about how much you’re this and that. Show me!”
“Now what do you do during the hard times, Les? Here’s what you must do. Number one is: you must have faith. Paul said you must have the faith to call forth those things that be not as though they were. Judge not according to appearances. Don’t judge your circumstances and the possibilities for your future based upon what you have now and because of what’s going on now. No, no, no, no. That’s not the real reality there!
What you’re going through, if you’re going through some hard times, it has not come to stay, it has come to pass. No matter how bad it is or how bad it gets I’m going to make it… as I used to say to myself when I would get up in the Bernard Scott building and I had to go into the bathroom and bathe in the bathroom sink, I have written on the mirror that I put up this piece that I read, ‘No matter how bad it is or how bad it gets, I’m going to make it!’ – so you’ve got to have faith, you talk to yourself, you say that affirmation. The next step is you must have patience. and engage in consistent action.”
“Get back up. Somethings you can’t change, you just have to live with. What if you do have a choice? Make the right choice. When it hurts, keep going. Those cloudy days, those storms tell you to keep going. Get back up. Dust yourself off.”