Nobody gets up early on the road to average


These are notes from Jon Acuff’s excellent book, “START”.  They make for great stuff to think about as you consider how awesome you want your life to be:

– Want a spouse to support you, get up 30 minutes before the rest of the house wakes up and work on your dream.

– (to pursue your awesome dream)- Turn off the tv and read 20 pages of a book by an expert in the field you are pursuing. ….make action payments if you want to get your spouse to believe you’re serious about the pursuit of awesome. You don’t gain any support if you sacrifice your spouse’s time for your dream. It has to be your time.

– the mornings I get up and write from 5:00-5:30, you’d be surprised at how infrequently my wife tells me I’ve been ignoring her. You’d be shocked at how rarely my oldest daughter wants me to watch her jump rope  before the sun breaks the horizon.  You may even be mystified  at how seldom  my youngest daughter  asks me to go bike riding at 5:15 a.m.

you can be selfish at 5:00 a.m. or 11;00 pm. If your spouse goes to bed early and staying up an extra 30 minutes doesn’t wreck your next day.  You can rescue 30 minutes during lunch.  Whatever words you want to use, rescue 30 minutes to walk down your path to awesome. If you can’t, if the idea of setting your alarm 30 minutes  sounds horrible to you, then you may not be ready for awesome.

If your dream isn’t worthy of 30 minutes, you’ve either got the wrong dream or you’re just pretending   you have one.  If the minimum you’re willing to pay in order to be awesome is less than 30 minutes, you’d better go back to average. Nobody gets up early on the road to average.


What awesome dreams do you have?

What are you doing to make those dreams happen?


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