Thirsty, Broke, And Needing Change Now.
It was 2012 when I got the crazy idea to attempt breaking the world record for running the most miles in 24 hours. On paper, running a little over a 180 miles in 24 hours isn't as impossible as it sounds. In fact, the more you see it on paper the more possible it seems to be.
Especially if you're already in the business of running. And that's a business I'm in.
I've been running since I was a small teenager.
I used to run alongside my dad as he ran on the sidewalk for a few miles in the area by our house a few times each week.
Running was one of those things that I just never let go of. It became my therapy -- a competition that I could win even without anyone else being involved.
That's how I found myself in the middle of a state park in South Carolina running through trails and roads and forest to try to crack open this record that has stood unchallenged for decades.
A lot of that day was a blur.
But I will always remember how I felt in the early afternoon of that day. The sun came out and the day grew a little warmer than any of us had anticipated. 60 degrees turned into 65. Then 70, 75 and 80. It was hot.
No matter how much water I was trying to drink, I seemed to stay thirsty. My body had an insatiable desire for water. More than anything else in the world I just needed to feel hydrated.
As I continued to run, the heat began to push my body's chemicals out of whack.
I was hurting.
My body started shutting down.
I stopped eating. Any water I tried to drink I quickly threw up later.
Fourteen hours after I started my attempt at the world record, I stopped running. I was out of fuel. I remember my sense of helplessness.
I knew what I wanted to do, but I just didn't have enough fuel to make it happen.
For most of you, that missing fuel is money.
You feel helpless because you don't have enough money to help you get to where you want to be. And like a crazy guy in the middle of the forest on a hot day attempting to break a world record, you beg the gods for mercy -- but find that your own lack of preparation has cursed you to inevitable failure.
Make no mistake, managing money smartly is no easy task. It's one of the most challenging obstacles for you to master.
You'll never be able to achieve audacious acts of greatness without a healthy relationship to money.
You don't have to become a billionaire.
You don't even have to become a millionaire.
Quite frankly, you don't even have to be rich. But you do need to understand how to live within a budget, how to build a financial plan, how to eliminate waste from your spending, and how to save enough to keep you safe for that rainy day.
Your dreams will die if you don't feed them. Stop and think about that for a minute.
What are you doing today to manage how long your dreams will live?