Persistence: What Are You Wiling to Give Up For Your Dreams?

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Hello All!

Here at Minerva Money, my goal is to help all who read this blog to be able to pursue your dreams and defy all odds that present themselves to you. It can be so easy to give up when you’re in the process of achievement. I want to help you put into perspective what it REALLY takes to become someone that you have always dreamed of.

Recently I received some news that really put some things into perspective for me. I’ve always heard about how you need to be persistent in order to achieve your goals but until recently, I realized that I’ve never really fully understood this concept.

It’s basically revolved around understanding the Dunning-Kruger effect. Which says, the more I think I know, the less I actually understand, and the more I learn, the more I realize I have a lot more to discover.

Going Through It

In case you didn’t know, although I manage and write this blog, I am also a full time student at Austin Community College. This stems mainly from my dream of pursuing college at Texas A&M University. For the last year and a half, I have been putting my whole being into school, trying to attain enrollment into my lifelong dream school. Having this dream at the forefront of everything that I do, it drives me to keep going.

I just never realized how much I’d have to put on the line and work for in order to get there.

I’ve always heard of people saying that you have to be ready to grind non-stop in order to reach a goal. Now hearing this, I was like “of course I can do it, why wouldn’t I?” It seemed overly simplified to say all you have to do is work hard and then you’ll achieve everything that you’ve ever wanted.

Until recently.

I had an appointment with an advisor at Texas A&M who had let me know that due to my current situation in school, I probably wouldn’t be accepted that semester. Ultimately meaning, I would need to stay enrolled at Austin Community College and continue to work harder than I ever had.

A Punch In The Gut.

“Seriously?” I thought. It had seemed like years that I had been on this journey. I couldn’t believe that I would possibly have to continue on this grind.

Now I will have to admit (which I am not proud to say in the least) I had a very weak moment. Suddenly, thoughts like,can I actually do this?“, or, “how much longer can I keep this up?”, started to pop into my head. I felt destroyed, and I didn’t know how I was going to move forward.

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Thankfully, this is where creating an environment around you to create an unbreakable mindset comes into play. Which by the way, I have created a detailed blog about why this is so essential and how you can create this in your own life.

To learn more about this concept click here.

Thank God I have the mother that I do. I had told her as soon as I found out and I think she was able to tell how I felt by the defeated look on my face.

She proceeded to tell me that these are the types of things that I am going to have to overcome if I ever want to have any chance of achieving anything in this life. She told me everything that I needed to hear, but was too out of sorts in order to provide myself that same kind of self talk. After some MAJOR reassurance, I finally was pulled out of the slump, rejuvenated with a brand new perspective and understanding of what it takes to conquer your scariest nightmares and turn them into your wildest dreams.

What pain are you willing to go through in order to get to the end result?

If you haven’t read the book The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, by Mark Manson, I highly recommend you do. A lot of what I’m about to say directly correlates with the message that I am about to direct to all of you!

As Americans, dreamers, humans, we love to conspire in our minds what it would be like to achieve our deepest desires. We fantasize about all the amazing perks and social positions that a certain label might bring to us, if we are to achieve that status quo.

The problem with this is that we have become so involved with falling in love with our end desire that we completely disregard everything that it takes in order to get there.

We expect to be able to make a decision and then everything is supposed to work in our favor in order to make it happen (which involves ego by the way, but that’s a discussion for another day).

So the question shouldn’t be “what is it that we are wanting to achieve”, rather we should be asking ourselves “what pain are you willing to endure in order to come out on top”?

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I believe that this is a more realistic approach on our dreams. It enables us to better grasp the road that lies ahead. Most importantly, it enables us to become in love with the process of achieving.

Think about it, if we become IN LOVE with the PROCESS of achievement, then we are that much less likely to give up along the way because we are enjoying what we are putting ourselves through.

Please, never give up on your dreams. If no one is there to pick you back up like my mom was when I needed her, I am here to tell you right here and now to get back up again. Go out there and change your identity. All it takes is a simple perspective change and some action in order to fully grasp what it takes to leave your imprint on this world.

My challenge for you is to ask yourself, what pain am I willing to endure that will make me fall in love with the person that I’m becoming and the work that I am producing?

Thank you as always for your input, it means the world hearing you guys give feedback as it helps me create better content for you and broadens my perspective. As always please let me know your thoughts either by sending an email or using the contact form!

Andrew Martinez, owner and writer of Minerva Money

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Published by Andrew Martinez

Owner and writer of Minerva Money, a blog on personal finance for the average person who is interested in taking control of their future and alleviating themselves from the burden of uncertainty. I have a deep passion for helping those around me with not only finance but mental well-being so if you have any questions or just want to talk don't hesitate to reach out!

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