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Do You Aspire to Greatness? Get off your butt and make it happen!

By Chuck Slothower on November 1st, 2003 •

While we here at brass|MEDIA celebrate publishing our inaugural issue, I think it's appropriate to begin with the question, "What separates the successful from the unsuccessful?" As much as we might wish otherwise, hard work seems to be the common denominator. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out: those who get off their butts and make it happen end up with the life we all dream of.

Many people come up with great ideas and never act on them. We all have friends who dream big, yet fail to take action when the time comes. Then there are those who feel content to stay where they are, never aspiring to be more. Perhaps it is those people Thoreau was talking about.

As the leaders of tomorrow, you should aspire to greatness. Coupling big dreams with great efforts creates success. Many of today's great business ventures are the result of great ideas backed by hard work. If Bill Gates and Paul Allen hadn't put their ideas into motion, I might be typing this column (gasp!) on a typewriter. Likewise, Phil Knight took a simple idea and turned it into perhaps the most ubiquitous brand name on earth. There may be setbacks along the way, but don't let that discourage you. Michael Jordan got cut the first time he tried out for his high school basketball team, and he went on to become the greatest basketball player of all time.

The point is, don't give up. And once you become that corporate CEO, that high-profile sports agent, or the next LeBron James, act like a decent human being. You have the opportunity to make the world a better place, and make some serious cash while you're at it. Now go do it

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