How Bad Do You Want It?

One of my favorite books is Stephen King’s The Long Walk, which is the story of an endurance contest. This contest is best described as literally “last man standing” and is so popular that the 100 contestants are chosen by lottery. There is one winner and the other 99 aren’t just losers, they’re dead. (Before some of you close your eyes, put your fingers in your ears and start chanting, “nanananana”, I’m not giving the plot away by sharing it.) The point of telling you this is to talk about commitment. How committed do you have to be to outlast 99 other people in an endurance contest? How bad do you have to want it?

Speaking of commitment, our youngest son, Gus, has turned into a gym rat. I had worried he would be a couch potato all summer but he’s running around talking about TNDO, short for “There’s No Day Off”. Always athletic, he’s focused on putting some muscle onto his 6’2” frame before the next soccer season. Today, he played me the Eric Thomas success videos ( ) titled, “How Bad Do You Want It?”. It features a football player going through an impressive set of drills wearing a t-shirt with TNDO on the front and “How Bad Do You Want It?” on the back.

Think about what you do. How bad do you want it? How does it feel to go to work every day?  I know how my son looks when he stumbles in at bedtime, after his second daily visit to the gym. He’s sweaty, exhausted and glowing. (I know, don’t tell him I said so. So not cool of me.) I can tell he loves what he’s doing. I don’t have to remind him or nag him. He does it because he loves it. If you stumble in from work sweaty, exhausted and, well, not glowing, then what? This is one of my favorite topics when I mentor employees. I love helping them find the passion that will fuel the rest of their days, the work that they can’t not do. This is the work that will inspire total commitment.

One benefit of loving what you do is that your enthusiasm is contagious. People want to work around others who are successful and, even better, loving it. Not only are you at your best but you’re helping others be at their best, too. How awesome is that?

Although shorter, the player on the left manages to jump higher than his opponent. He’s so committed that he overcomes his disadvantage. My son, Gus, played with this young man for years and he was a joy to watch. He continues to play in another city and we miss him!

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