Success is hard.  If you went by what is portrayed on TV and in the movies you’d think it’d be easier, but it’s not.  I am pretty sure I have always been aware of this truth but the last few weeks have been an exercise in reality.  No, I didn’t mean an exercise in futility.  For the last 2 weeks I have found myself entrenched in the reality of trying to develop a new skill and it takes much more effort than I remember.

This new skill I’m developing will one day be a part of my success story but for now you could say I am in training.  Two weeks ago I began a new adventure as the host of my very own talk radio show.  I can now add to my resume, “Host of The Schmidt Show.”  I had actually set this as one of my goals a few months ago and it has already come to fruition.  The only problem, albeit a good problem, is that it came about much earlier than I was expecting.  So here are a couple things I learned about learning.

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It is not as easy as you think

Like me, you may be a quick study. However, you need to be prepared to exert more energy than you ever dreamed.  At the risk of sounding arrogant I have always prided myself on learning things quickly.  I studied for and passed my A+ Computer Technician certification test in less than a week.  I studied for less than 3 days when I passed the test to get my hazardous materials endorsement as a commercial driver.  Don’t feel bad, lots of people are jealous of me.  😉

 However what I had forgotten was that these things were simply memorizing and regurgitating information.  Now that I am trying to develop a new skill and not just repeat information, it is exhausting.  When I started this blog my intention was to post twice a week, Tuesdays and Fridays.  For the last 2 weeks I have not posted anything because I just didn’t have the energy or the left over brain power after expressing a continuous stream of consciousness for 2 hours a day via a radio show. So my advice is this, plan ahead.  Because when you start chasing your dream, no matter how good you think you are or how quickly you think you can adapt and develop, it will be hard.  Harder than you think.

It’s worth it, every time.

In the last 2 weeks as the host of my own radio show I have experienced more emotions and entertained more thoughts than I believed possible.  I have thought everything from, “I may actually be better at this than Rush Limbaugh” all the way to, “What ever made me think that I could do this, I should quit right now and go back to my day job.”  Interestingly, both of these thoughts were pretty much at the same time along with a myriad of emotions in between.

But in the end there is nothing I would rather be doing, the only thing that would make it better is if I could meld my passion for radio with my calling to ministry, which is something I am working on.  The bad news is that I now know this may be harder than I thought.  But the good news is I now know it may be harder than I thought.  But one thing I am absolutely certain of is that it will be worth it!

 Chances are there is something in your life that you dream of and your afraid it may be hard and  it will be.  But one thing I promise you is that it will be worth it.  The question is, are you willing to go for it?

brad.schmidt@bradschmidt.netUncategorized
Success is hard.  If you went by what is portrayed on TV and in the movies you'd think it'd be easier, but it's not.  I am pretty sure I have always been aware of this truth but the last few weeks have been an exercise in reality.  No, I...