A few years ago, I went to a speech by Oliver Kahn, the legendary former goalkeeper of Bayern Munich. In his talk, he shared a story of how he became the best goalkeeper in the world:
One night during winter time, the team was about to practice outside when a storm came up. It started to rain, and the players anticipated the biting cold. Not a single person went outside to train that day, except for two men: Oliver Kahn and his coach, who would shoot countless balls at him. Again and again, Kahn would jump to the ground and get soaked in the muddy water to catch the ball, get up, and do it again.
How long, you ask?
Until he got it right.
There is something remarkable about this story that still gives me goosebumps to this day. Kahn wasn’t just the only person to train that day. He didn’t just say “let’s catch a 100 balls and then stop.”
Instead, Kahn was looking for mastery of his craft. On a day where he had all the excuses to give up, he pushed himself more than most people do on the good days.
This reminds me of a powerful quote by Tom Bilyeu, Co-Founder of Quest Nutrition and host of Impact Theory:
“Stop asking what’s the least I can do, and start asking: What’s the most I can handle?”
Greatness at anything requires an almost obsessive focus on being willing to endure more and work harder than anyone else on the planet.
It’s during the late nights and early mornings, Kobe Bryant’s 4am`s and 5-a-days, and Elon Musk’s 100-hour weeks that champions are born. It’s those moments of blood, sweat, and tears that set you apart from the rest of the world.
But that kind of sacrifice is only possible for a higher purpose.
So let me ask you:
What’s your dream?
You know, that thing that lights the fire in your belly and keeps you awake at night, fantasizing about what could be but is not yet here. What is it that excites you more than anything else,
Whatever your dream is, own it. Don’t run from it. Don’t hide. Stop playing small, and give yourself the permission to chase something bigger.
I have trapped my dream for way too long: Writing, talking, sharing the greatest ideas in the world. Studying the mind, happiness, and greatness. That’s my dream. What about yours?
What’s the most you can handle?
Once you own your dream, the only question that matters is this: To what lengths are you willing to go in order to make that dream come true?
Are you willing to get soaked in the rain until you get it right? To put in 4 am’s even when nobody is watching?
Are you willing to endure the blood, sweat, and tears that are part of the game?
Because if you are, own that. Live it. Breath it. Sleep it. But never, ever, give up on it.