The truth about wanting

Smart people say, “You just don’t want it enough.” What they really mean, I think, is, “You aren’t willing to give up enough to get what you want.”

  • It’s like you want to be able to say you’ve bungee jumped but aren’t willing to spread your arms and lean into nothingness.
  • It’s like you want to raise a thriving, loving family but aren’t willing to take the kids to the park after work.
  • It’s like you want to quit your job but aren’t willing to exchange your current paycheck for uncertainty.

Wanting something is nothing. Wanting to give up other things to get that something, now that’s something.

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