Would you give up fame and fortune to do what you love? Here is one football player who did.
“I enjoy carving out my own path and not listening to what people say I can and I can’t do.” These are the words of John Urschel, the former Baltimore Ravens football player who retired at age 26, to pursue his doctorate in mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
People will always have an opinion for you about what they think you should and should not do, and about what you are and are not capable of, and about what they would and would not do if they were you. But they are not you, only you are you.
As billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban says ‘never take advice from someone who doesn’t have to live with the consequences.’
Do whatever is YOU want to do. It is not your job to make other people understand why you are doing what you are doing. It is not your job to explain yourself to anyone. You can try and help them understand how you feel, but there is never a reason for to try and justify you living your life your way… to anyone, ever. Because those who love you will support you no matter what you do if it’s making you happy (even if they don’t understand WHY you are doing what you do), and no one else’s opinion really matters.
The most important opinion you could ever listen to about yourself is your own. There is nothing more empowering than being irrational and carving out your own path in life.
This is YOUR life, it’s up to YOU to determine how YOU want to live it. Do you.
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