Despite going to bed at midnight, I still got up at 4:30 this morning to hit the gym. Most people think I’m crazy, but I just think I’m dedicated. I know what I want, and I know what it will take to get it. I have things I want to accomplish and I’m willing to sacrifice to get where I want to be. You have to decide what it is in life you want, whether it be to climb a mountain, or learn to play an instrument, or land your dream job. Then you have to make that goal a priority. It’s not easy because most people won’t understand, and probably less will support you. But it’s not their dream, and it’s not their sacrifice. Every day wake up and make a 100% effort to get yourself closer to achieving whatever it is that you want. Once you climb that mountain, you won’t think twice about whatever it is you “missed out on” because you’ll be too busy enjoying your accomplishments.
So get up, drink a cup of coffee, and go kick some ass today, because you deserve to be great. You are not (inherently) exceptional; now go be exceptional.