My 20 Year Love Affair Part II……

The achievement of one’s dreams is not measured quantitatively. At least not for me. It is measured by whether the feeling of that hunger is satisfied or not. There is a big difference between waking up totally satiated and waking up starving. Most dreamers know what I am talking about. There is a feeling, a need, a want, a yearning within that is only normalized when one has reached a goal or achieved a certain level of their personal success. It’s a fire that burns within you that is like none other. Very few things have given me that stirring. There is just something about the thrill of the chase that just consumes your being. It’s second nature, or even first in some cases. I don’t know any other way to be other than entrepreneurial minded. It’s like my social security number, I will always have it.

I can remember sitting in my cubicle way back when just plotting, and planning, dreaming and wanting. I was always in planning mode. No matter what I did, no matter the promotion or salary in my corporate position, I was always in love with and yearned to be with my dream. I would count down the minutes until the weekend because I knew I was going to have some type of event or entrepreneurial endeavor waiting for me. It called to me. Like a moth to a flame. Even when I experienced disappointments, or financial setbacks with my business choices, I still lived to try it again and do it better the next time.

You have to be built for this lifestyle. You must be granted the blessing and know without a shadow of a doubt that it was given to you by God, because man will do everything in its power to take it away. I have had my legs kicked out from under me so many times, that I just started keeping spares in my car because I was determined to not be defeated. There will be moments when people will try to convince you that you’re not good enough or talented enough. There will be moments when a mirage will appear and almost convince you to take another path. There will be moments when failure will come and deal a steely blow. There will be moments when you just want to lie down and play dead and hope the vultures don’t swoop down and eat you whole. But then there are those moments that love you back. There are those moments that give you everything you have given it. There are those moments when you just cannot believe that you almost gave it all up. Those are the moments that keep me suited up. I love this game. I live for it. I play hard and I play to win. For me there is no choice in the matter. I have sacrificed too many things for it along the way. There is no giving up or giving in. When I begin to feel fatigue along my journey I remember the moment the whisper came to my spirit. “This is the life I have CHOSEN for you”. The command was given and my job is to see it through to the end. I’m in love with the Hustle. We have been in a relationship and in love for 20 years. My love and I are forever!

Felicia L Hamilton

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