Eight years ago this month, November 2010, I published the first issue of 24 Seven magazine. I had never untaken anything on my own of such magnitude.
What was once a seemingly crazy idea, has blossomed into more than I could ever have imagined. The magazine’s pages have been graced with the wisdom of so many inspiring and influential thought-leaders; people who are making a real difference in the world. And, each has entrusted me with his or her words.
I spend most days on autopilot, never really grasping the scope of where my brand is going. On some level I understand it, but on another, I am totally amazed.
This morning when I visited our digital hosting site, I learned that the October issue, from this site alone, was viewed more than 739,000 times. Nearly one million people opened my publication. I would be lying if I didn’t admit that I am humbled to know that this “little” digital magazine is touching so many lives!
Looking back over the past eight years, the take away message for me, my new life mantra, is that anything is possible. Truly… anything. But one has to be willing to do the work.
It hasn’t been easy for me. There were many times that I thought everything was going to come crashing down around me and my dream would be over. But, for the first time in my life, I stopped making excuses and living in fear, and I kept forging ahead.
I heard a quote the other day by someone who said that when people want something badly and are willing to do whatever it takes, they very seldom miss achieving their goal.
Think about how that statement relates to your life.
So many of us conjure up reasons why we can’t accomplish something, but the reality is, when we really and truly want to achieve whatever it may be, we will make it happen. No matter what.
The moral of my story? Follow your dream and live your passion. Don’t allow fear, outsiders, or any other excuse to hold you back. Do whatever it takes to make it happen and if it doesn’t seem like you are on course, adjust the plan. Stop standing in your own way!
I send a heartfelt thank you to the editorial contributors, graphic designers, sponsors, and everyone that has read and shared the magazine – it wouldn’t be here without your support. And I thank my sons who have never doubted my abilities and have always been my cheerleaders. Here’s to another eight years!