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The Gas Station

By: Michael Blankenship |

“If you do whatever it takes, you’re going to get whatever you want.” 

— Grant Cardone

Growing up, my dad was the breadwinner.

And he took his role very seriously. 

In fact, one of the lessons he instilled in me — and something I haven’t forgotten as I’ve become a husband and father in my own life — is that a “man” (or woman) does whatever it takes to provide for their family. 

He often told me there was no job below him — that he’d happily work three gas station jobs if it meant putting food on the table. 

He instilled in me a mindset to do whatever it takes to reach my goals and accomplish my dreams. 

I think a lot of people are missing this attitude and approach to reaching their goals. 

Most people aren’t willing to put in the day-to-day grind that’s needed, especially in the beginning, to achieve their dreams. 

Success isn’t a linear path with a clear view of the finish line — it’s pockmarked with failure and dead-end roads — requiring turnarounds and starting over. 

And the more afraid you are of hitting those roadblocks, the more you hold yourself back from achieving your goals. 

But if you accept those things as a natural part of the process?

If you’re unafraid of hitting rock bottom? 

If you’re BELIEVE you’re the kind of person who can do what it takes, whatever is needed to make it work? 

Then you’re unstoppable. 

When you’re not afraid of hitting rock bottom, you can fly.

You drop the weight of fear. And you stare down at the possible plummet as its own silly adventure. Either way, you’re living a life of your own creation. And that’s something special. 


Are you still afraid of the possible plummet? 

Or are you willing to spread your wings and fly?

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This Week’s Journaling Prompt

Take some time to think through the following journaling prompt. 

Reflect on a time when you faced significant challenges or were afraid of the ‘plummet.’ How did you navigate that situation? Did you hold back or push forward? What did that experience teach you about your resilience and attitude towards challenges?

This Week’s Challenge

Identify one goal or dream that you’ve been holding back from due to fear of failure or the unknown. Break down that goal into small actionable steps. Commit to taking at least one of those steps this week. Share your progress and challenges with someone close to you, or document it for yourself, to create accountability and celebrate your courage to fly.

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