How Bad Do You Want It? 1

“Most people say they want to be successful, but they don’t want it bad; they just kind-of want it. They don’t want it as much as they want to party. They don’t want it as much as they want to look cool. Most people don’t want success as much as they want sleep. If you’re going to be successful, you need to be willing to give up sleep. That’s how bad you’ve got to want it.”

The full name of the athlete shown in the video below is Giavanni Ruffin, but Giavanni prefers to go by Gee. Gee is currently entering his senior year as running back for East Carolina University and the story illustrated is simply powerful. Gee’s work ethic is abundantly apparent and, without a doubt, fueled by an even larger dream.

Amazingly, Gee did not play competitive football until senior year in high school proving that it’s never too late to begin pursuing your dreams if your hunger is big enough. To this day, Gee cites his mother and grandparents as most influential sources during the pursuit of his career.

What dream drives you? What dreams do you still hold in your heart that are going to force you to leave your familiar zone so you can pursue your life’s purpose? What dreams have you almost forgotten, but deserve to be awakened within you to get your life back on track? Because it’s during the pursuit of your dreams that you feel most alive. And who do you have in your life that will stand in your corner and encourage you to get back up even after you’ve been knocked down 100 times? When you find that sort of person, stay close to him or her and share your pursuit with them, because that sort of person is a rare find indeed. Their very presence will prove to be priceless along your journey and during the passionate pursuit of your dreams.

“When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breath, then you will be successful!”

– Mike

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