By Any Means Necessary

I remember when I was 17 or 18 years old, my parents being in the process of separating and divorcing.  My mother, who has a degree in social services, had not worked in a couple of years, due to the birth of my younger sister. I remember my mother applying for jobs and not being able to obtain one in her field of study. One day, I came home from school to see my mother wearing a McDonald's uniform. I remember this situation vividly. It was not the job she wanted, but it was the job she needed to help make ends meet. 

I remember that day, and I remember the conversation that happened afterward. My mother, at almost 40, said to me "I will do whatever it takes to make ends meet. I will do anything by any means necessary to provide for my family."  My mother did not work at McDonald's for long, but she did until she found another job. 

It was a teaching moment for me. It was a moment of humility. It was a moment of seeing what hard work looks like in person. It was a moment of feeling proud of my mother. It was a moment that I will never forget. 

If we are passionate about something how hard are we willing to work to make sure we are successful. It doesn't matter if that passion is our family, a job, photography, making ceramics, painting or sports. The question you need to ask yourself is "Am I willing to do anything by any means necessary to become successful?" I am, and I hope you are too.