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Latte Factor

January 27, 2010 by USA Post 

4201252257_8175a42fa6In a previous post (One Brave and Amazing Teenager), Tess talked about her granddaughter Kenzie’s desire to achieve. The wisdom of a simple statement “I’m not hungry, I’m starving” stood out.

Many of us talk about goals and dreams. We talk but never really do anything about it. We live vicariously through the success of others.

What do you think the difference is?

Okay, I’ve given it away. You have to be starving! What a great motivator. If you really want something you have to go out and get it yourself. Nobody is going to do it for you. You have to get up and make it happen and you have to want it.

A friend of mine attended a Donald Trump seminar and while interacting with the audience “The Donald” asked a participant what was stopping them. The conversation went something like this:

Audience member: Money.

Donald Trump: What do you buy in the morning?

Audience member: A latte from that big coffee chain.

Donald Trump: How many? Do you buy anything else and at what price?

Audience member: A couple every day at $5 each. A croissant.

Donald Trump: So you spend $50 minimum a week on coffee and treats?

He then went on to say there are always solutions and the Latte Factor is the one obstacle that is getting in the way. If you stopped your Latte’s for 6 months you would have the $1200 you need to invest in your project. It’s all about desire.

What do you really want?

* To buy your first house
* To finally take that trip to Europe
* A quiet life filled with family and friends
* Insert your dream here

Your dreams don’t have to be material, but rather tangible and real.

They have to be something you want – knowledge, pleasure, connection, happiness, community, success (as measured by you) or even love.

What is your latte factor?

Think about it. Stop making your excuses and start shooting for the stars. What’s getting in the way?

* Money
* Time
* Energy

Maybe, just maybe, it’s passion and desire. Like Kenzie says you have to be starving to make it happen.

No time like the present!

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