Greatness Doesn’t Happen Overnight

Kobe Bryant playing against a high school all-star or Jaime Hepp aka the Vanilla Mamba delivering a morning meeting versus a new leader. What’s the difference between an amateur and a professional? Better yet, how do you go from being mediocre, prospering to good, then excelling to great? We all know most people are satisfied with just being good, but the select few, the special ones, always strive to be great. Excelling at long term goals can be fickle. There are many factors that have to commence for greatness to happen, even so one thing is for sure, you can’t become great without a consistent regimen to keep you on the right path.

How many have seen the meme where the two guys are digging for the treasure and the one guy stops right before he gets to it and the other guy is still frantically digging, destined to reach the treasure. This paints the perfect analogy of getting discouraged before you become consistent. There are many trials; many versions of yourself that need to be flushed out before your final form is reached.

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Da Vinci and Michelangelo each spent 4 years painting the Mona Lisa and Sistine Chapel. Most of us are not art connoisseurs but if you ever get a chance to take a closer look at those works, you can see how meticulous each man was with their art; how much thought and focus they must have put into each brush stroke to get it right. Also, knowing they would go through several versions before finishing the priceless work we see today.

Greatness doesn’t happen overnight. With the way the media is today you may see more of the process, but you can guarantee it did not manifest in the segment that it is being shown. As well, a mantra of patience should be a constant reminder particularly because we are so impatient. We need to remember that if Da Vinci could not paint the Mona Lisa in one try, then our discouragement should pale in comparison; and rather, we find ourselves making small ‘strokes’ to reach a larger masterpiece.

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Los Angeles Dodgers News: Fun at stadium leads to toddler’s arrest

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Christine O’Donnell – reporting live from Dodgers Stadium (September 14, 2014)

LOS ANGELES – Police arrest child for throwing a paper airplane that caused the Dodgers historically pitiful 19-3 loss to the Giants Saturday night.

Witnesses say three-year-old Dane Hepp mischievously threw a massive paper plane toward the field in the 8th inning of the game confusing and distracting players.

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“Did you see the size of that paper plane? Who wouldn’t be distracted,” Yasiel Puig said.

“There were a lot of people throwing paper planes during the game, but the extra large one, that’s why we lost so horribly,” catcher Tim Federowicz said.

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Baby Hepp was charged with disorderly conduct and booked at Van Nuys Jail shortly after 11:00 p.m.. We reached out to his father, the man who some say made that massive plane, but he declined to comment. Still, reporters say he chortled when asked about his son’s amazing strength.

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Life Is Like A Jar Of Rocks


A philosophy professor stood before his class and had some items in front of him.  When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with rocks, rocks about 2″ in diameter.

He then asked the students if the jar was full?  They agreed that it was.

So the professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly.  The pebbles, of course, rolled into the open areas between the rocks.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was.

The professor picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar.  Of course, the sand filled up everything else.

He then asked once more if the jar was full.  The students responded with a unanimous – “Yes.”

The professor then produced two cans of beer from under the table and proceeded to pour their entire contents into the jar — effectively filling the empty space between the sand.

The students laughed.  “Now,” said the professor, as the laughter subsided, “I want you to recognize that this jar represents your life.  The rocks are the important things – your family, your spouse, your health, your children — things that if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.  The pebbles are the other things that matter like your job, your house, your car.  The sand is everything else – the small stuff.”

“If you put the sand into the jar first,” he continued, “there is no room for the pebbles or the rocks.  The same goes for your life.  If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff, you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness.  Play with your children.  Take time to get medical checkups.  Take your husband or wife out dancing.  There will always be time to go to work, clean the house, give a dinner party and fix the disposal.  “Take care of the rocks first — the things that really matter.  Set your priorities.  The rest is just sand.”

One of the students raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented.

The professor smiled.  “I’m glad you asked.  It just goes to show you that no matter how full your life may seem, there’s always room for a couple of beers.”