20 years ago today, I quit high school. I had big dreams & was no where close to achieving them...but I decided it was time to bet on myself & see what I could do.
Walked right into admin w/my Dad & told them I was quitting - they were like "oh you mean home school" - nope...I mean I quit!
Lots of people couldn't believe it - in my defense I did complete 2 years - so I had that going for me. Other part was I wasn't even that good at fighting...in fact I hadn't even won a single fight in 2 years.
But for some reason I always thought I could be good.
I told everyone at TKD practice that night I had quit school to train full time.
A lady - I'll never forget this - she was the best fighter I personally knew because she had got 3rd at nationals one year (!) - said "oh great - what sport?" I was devastated.
This picture was my room in Hayward (where I first moved after I left home) - we were broke - I was broke & on my own. Just wanted to train so much & I didn't have any grand illusions of this turning into anything. I thought it would be really cool if I medaled at Nationals sometime & could say I fought at team trials.
It was pretty scary for a while. Took me 4 years to even pass quarter finals at Nationals.
Nearly everything good in my life has come back to that 1 decision - to bet on myself that I could do it. I met my future wife, I (eventually) got college paid for, I travelled the world, started each of my businesses, & met some of my very best friends...all directly connected to that day.
You also get really good at hearing the recording that people tell themselves of you can't succeed. That's their fear & it didn't have to be mine.
I think the skill IS being able to trust in your abilities - even when they aren't developed yet. The skill IS to stop listening to other people's opinions - they weren't on my journey.
Then you have to go out & do whatever it takes to get those skills.
I can't promise if you do bet on yourself that everything will work out for you - not everything for me has. But I can say that you'll find so much more meaning in your journey and the process along the way...that you'd never bet any other way.