Will you be a fool to be a rockstar?
August 21st, 2013 by Agent Kevin Miller
Your lifelong dream is to be a major league baseball player. It’s the true desire of your heart. It’s more than just fame and fortune, but you feel alive on the field, like you were made for it. Like Eric Liddell in Chariots of Fire where he says, “God made me for a purpose. But He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.”
But life didn’t deal you the right cards and playing ball seems unattainable. You’ve moved on with life. Got a nice desk job.
One day you are visited by…a genie. An angel. God. This isn’t a spiritual post so don’t get hung up on this part… But you’re told being in the major leagues is…your destiny! It’s to be! You just have to go after it, like Dennis Quaid’s character in The Rookie and Mark Wahlberg in Invincible.
The sky parts, the Hallelujah chorus plays and your basked in light as you levitate off the ground.
These then are the nuts and bolts of how it plays out:
- You’ll announce to your friends and family you’re trying out,
- You’ll be met with their criticism, disapproval and possibly downright anger at your choice,
- You’ll stress your life going through the training and tryout process while maintaining your ‘normal’ life,
- You’ll finally show up for the big tryout, all eyes on you, time for the big redemption!,
- And…you’ll strike out. You’ll never have played so badly in your whole life. You’ll choke. You won’t make the cut. You’ll fail. Everyone’s fears and criticisms are fully validated.
You…are a fool.
You cry out for your genie/angel/whatever and say, “What the hell?! I thought this was my destiny! What happened, why was I forsaken?!?!”
And the reply is…”Huh? You weren’t forsaken, and it IS your destiny.”
To which you reply, “WHAT ABOUT TODAY!! I failed! Didn’t you see it?! Are you freakin’ blind or stupid?!!”
“Oh yeah,” is the response. “That was embarrassing for sure (slight grin).”
As you reach boiling point, you hear, “Hey, I’m not performing miracles here, just letting you know what’s meant to be. Work hard and you’ll probably make it next time.”
At this point you fall to your knees in overwhelming pain and despair, but quickly followed with a new perspective. You thought if it’s meant to be, it just…happens. Right? It just falls into place.
The story goes on and next time…you DO actually make the cut and enter the big leagues.
All the critics are moderately silenced. That is…until your first major league game at bat and you soundly strike out. Same in game two. The critics have now renewed to fever pitch!
But game three you hit a good grounder and get on 2nd base, make 3rd on the next single, then steel home by the skin of your teeth to score the game winning point and your team streams out of the dugout to lift you into the sky.
The dream happens! All is vindicated and redeemed and all that matters is this day and a new future and reality in front of you!
But it took you being a fool to get there.
This is how it works. You won’t be the success and get the glory without first being the fool. This keeps most folks on the sidelines of life. It’s probably a main thing keeping you there now.
You’ve invested a lot of yourself and your life to master your current situation. To know what you’re doing, be competent, be an expert. Becoming a fool again feels like going backwards, eh?
Do you want to leave the cubicle and meaningless work for the glory of free agency, working when, how and where you want at something you care about far beyond a mere paycheck?
You won’t get there without being the fool. Checking your pride at the door and walking in humility for…a good long time. You’ll get criticized for going against the flow of life, jeopardizing the ‘responsible’ career or work you have, and when you start out…you’ll bobble and trip a bit here and there as you work out the kinks of your new endeavor. But ultimately, you’ll figure it out.
And when you make it, the critics will either cheer, or fully abandon you (insecure people close to you often just can’t handle it), and hopefully you’ll have grace on them and realize most of them really meant well. It’s part of what makes your story heroic. Overcoming.
So…Fools unite! Go forth and conquer. In great humility.
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