The Journey To My Moon

We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too. ” – John F. Kennedy, September 12th, 1962

I’ve been thinking about this quote a lot lately. It fits in well with what I wrote on my business blog about what I hope to address in 2020 as it pertains to my overall business. It’s an interesting quote in more ways than one; I’d like to talk about it for a little bit.

Two weeks ago I put out my word of the year, which isn’t necessarily a goal but something I need to keep in the forefront of my mind as I move further into this year. The word is socialization, though it’s only meant for business purposes. I feel like I haven’t concentrated enough on business over the last 3 years since my mother’s been living with me, and it’s time to produce more than I have because… well… I ain’t getting any younger. πŸ™‚

Kennedy’s long term goal was for the United States to get to the moon before 1970. If he hadn’t stated that, and if it hadn’t been put out there for all to see, I doubt it would have ever happened. There was so much other stuff going on in the world; wars, disease, famine… sound familiar? There have always been major distractions that had the potential of taking everyone away from this goal, yet the goal continued, and we got to the moon.

You want to know something else? Some years ago I read something Chris Brogan wrote which went “I never set out to be influential…” I found that interesting because I wondered just how many of us ever set out in our lives to be influential. I certainly did.

I always wanted to be something bit. When I was a little kid I wanted to be a cowboy, which is odd because I never liked cowboy movies. When I was a young teen I wanted to be an Air Force pilot, then switched to wanting to be an astronaut. At one point I wanted to be a professional athlete, then decided when I went to college that I wanted to learn how to be a sports announcer. When I left college I wanted to be a songwriter. I had some big dreams, didn’t I?

Then for a decade and a half… nothing. My career path seemed to have been laid out and I decided to just try to be the best I could be doing what I was doing. I didn’t care to try anything else, and I didn’t want to do anything else. No dreams, no visions, no goals; just work on career.

That’s not such a bad life but in a weird way it’s just automatic. It doesn’t require thought. It’s not hard at all. There are ups and downs along the way, but you realize that nothing really matters in the end; you just do your thing and move on. There’s little passion, there’s little motivation other than just ‘being’. You think you’re comfortable.

In 2001 I started dreaming out of the blue. I went into business for myself. I started setting goals; some I hit, some I didn’t. I can tell you that my dreams and goals in 2001 are vastly different than they are now, and yet some of them are the same. Growth is a process, no matter whether it’s in a career or whether it’s blogging or writing or anything else.

I have a friend who says she wants to see changes now; well, things just don’t work that way. They don’t work at all if you don’t know what it is you want to be when you grow up. If you don’t make plans for how to get there when you grow up, then you’re going to age, never truly grow up, and wonder what happened.

It’s definitely not easy; trust me, I know. I had a 3 year period where I made just over $500,000. That was more than the total amount of money I made in 12 years of working for others before going the self employment route, and it’s more money than I’ve made in the 15 years since it ended.

Yet, I haven’t given up; I persevere. That’s what it takes, as I mention in this video:

Here’s my question to you; what do you want to do and be when you grow up? If you think you’ve already grown up, what are you and what do you do?

I know what I want. I want Orson Welles to walk into my office right now, pull out the standard Rich and Famous Contract, and sign that baby (how many of you remember that reference?).

It’s not going to happen that way. I’m going to have to get it done on my own. My mind’s open, my plans are strong, my planner’s keeping me on track; yay!

Who wants to come along with me on the journey to MY moon? It’ll be okay; there’s room for everyone.

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17 thoughts on “The Journey To My Moon”

  1. Another thought inspiring post Mitch.

    I totally agree that growth is always my motivation and that being ‘comfortable’ is not enough. Stagnating is the worst thing for me, whether that be in my job or myself personally. Being comfortable has not made me happy.

    What do I want to be when I grow up? Happy. And to me that does mean constantly learning and earning enough to keep doing the things I love with the ones I love.

    Thank you for prompting me to think about this…

    1. Thanks for your comment Jo; I think wanting to be happy is a great thing to aim for. I’m also glad you realize that stagnation can’t bring happiness, though I assume that once you’re happy… and old enough… that’s a good time for resting. πŸ™‚

  2. I am 77 years old. I have been retired from active corporate life now for over 15 years. I just want to live the rest of my life peacefully and without being a nuisance to myself and my family and quietly slip away.

    Great ambition what?
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  3. Great post ramana, wish you the best in it, to live the rest of your life peacefully and without being a nuisance to yourself it’s easy, follow your dream

  4. Hi Mitchell.

    This is my first time commenting on your blog. I came across your blog while reading Inspire To Thrive blog.

    I resonate perfectly with your MOON.

    We dream a lot, wants to be great and do a lot great things. But unless we become conscious of our goals, of what we want, we might as well drift around without achieving any.

    Don’t want to be that kind of person.

    1. First, I’m a little confused on your name. On this blog you led with Emmanuel, but on my other blog you lead with Uzoezie. Since I’m not sure where you’re from or how names work, which one is your actual first name? lol

      Being conscious of goals is a great first step. After that, one has to break down a couple of things; what do you want to do with your goal and what steps are you going to take towards getting to that goal. In the case of President Kennedy, he put out the goal then set it up so that government funds went towards attaining that goal. That’s simplistic, but it was a start, and a lot of smart people put the rest of the plans together and dedicated themselves towards getting it done. If we can find our way to doing that, we might not reach the moon but we’ll be closer than we were before. πŸ™‚

  5. Lol

    First. My First Name is EMMANUEL and my Last Name which is also referred to as the Surname is UZOEZIE.

    I mostly leave comment on blog with a variety of my names. Emmanuel… Uzoezie… Emmanuel Uzoezie… etc as I don’t think it mean anything to me as to what name I am addressed as long as I interact with my fellow bloggers.

    So, you can call me any name, as long as it is within my name =)

    Secondly, I love it when you just listed the next step. Most people set goals, we all set goals, anyone can set a goal, but not everyone has what it takes to achieve it because not everyone are ready to put in step to turning those goals to actual reality.
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    1. Okay, I’ve caught up on the name thing; wild! However, I will say that by sticking with one particular way of using your name you help your branding long term. I used to only go by my first name, but I was lost in the crowd. Now I go by both names and I only have two competitors… though one is still quite famous.

      Definitely have to have steps towards a goal, because they not only help us get there but they help us realize if it’s what we really want to do or whether it’s a pipe dream. I can say my goal is to be the best professional speaker in the world, but if all I do is think about it the deed will never be accomplished.

  6. It truly is an ambition Mitchell ! Studying, working hard and earning money are key to live the life we want. Probably in a few years, when I will be older, Ill take my rest.

    1. Those things can help Jean, but I also hope you have a goal, then a plan to get you where you want to be. A little help from others might not be a bad thing as long as they’re capable and both parties are willing.

  7. I really like the way you write Mitch. This definitely resonates with me. I have spent the last couple of years feeling really stuck and afraid. Thinking I need a change of career because that will solve everything. But I realise that the fear is good, if instead of running away, I try and work out what I’m afraid of and make the change. I am definitely setting new goals this year and trying to make positive changes but a friend reminded me yesterday that I shouldn’t get disheartened if things don’t go the way I hope and that sometimes baby steps is the only way to grow. I’m not sure what I want to be. Who really ever wants to grow up? I think that changes as the years go by. But health and happiness are the priority. Money helps with that but the endless pursuit of it and comparing our worth to others works against it.

    1. Wanting lots of money isn’t a bad goal, Rob; I think it’s the 2nd most important thing to aim for after happiness. Being important doesn’t mean it’s the thing to shoot for; setting goals for everything else will bring you the money you need and want if you’re dedicated to it, or if it’s possible. The idea is to start with a goal in mind, plan the steps you’re going to take to try to get there, but keep your mind open in case other opportunities come by. There’s a book I’m reading right now called Playing The Matrix by Mike Dooley that might help some as it pertains to focus, though I’ll admit I didn’t get into the mindset until I was a 1/3rd through the book. lol

  8. Wow! Great post.
    It was a revolutionary decision which has ever been taken in the human history. When John F. Kennedy declared that America will land on the moon before anyone else, everyone found it ridiculous. But when it turned into reality the same people were appreciating the decision.
    Anyways Keep Posting the same stuff.

    1. I hope I can post new and better stuff if I come up with it. lol In any case, I totally agree that the efforts and dreams of JFK helped push us into an era of science that was unheard of. Not a bad thing to strive for personally.

    1. At 77 years old, you can do anything you want to do, even if that thing is absolutely nothing! πŸ™‚ I like the fact that you’re still writing on your blog; keep that up and all’s well.

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