What will you build?

What will you build?

“Define success on your own terms,
achieve it by your own rules,
and build a life you’re proud to live.”
– Anne Sweeney


Do you want a million+ dollars in the bank? A sexy supermodel as your life partner? Your name written and taught in elementary school history classes?

Whatever it is you’re trying to achieve: define your success.

It’s that simple.

If you don’t know where you’re going how the hell can you expect to accomplish anything with your life?

I bet you each morning you wake up and immediately check your phone. You review your social media notifications. Check your emails for opportunities that have not yet arrived. And, continue to wish the life you want to have would magically exist.

Just because you woke up in a world filled with pre-made things doesn’t mean they spontaneously appeared as an act of G-d. You have been granted the tools and creative genius to make miracles happen.

Take a look at the world around you.

Look at the elaborate bridges that span bodies of water; the towering buildings that fill crowded cities; the complex networks of streets, homes, and communities. What do they all have in common?

Aside from being made by human hands, they were first discovered in human minds. Some of these creations were inspired to solve real-world problems. Others were manifested from the desire to be rich and famous. However, most often, these things are created because that’s our God-given gift (and curse) since the fall of Adam and Eve.

But, let’s not get biblical today. I’m not in the mood for religious preaching since I’m currently focused on a business pilgrimage that’s pushing me through some of the most intense trials of my life. I’ll explain that

I’ve always considered my life as a wild adventure into (and out of) “the great unknown”. I approach new challenges and experiences without ever understanding what the outcome will be on the other side. I try to map out a route, plan for the future, yet must navigate the day-to-day reality of the here and now.

Does this make sense to you?

O.K., look. When you say to yourself, “I’m going to start a business,” do you even know what that means?

The obvious meaning is that you are making money.

It could also mean paying (or avoiding) the tax collector.

It means pushing your mental, physical, and spiritual limits above and beyond the regular routine you’re so used to.

In the pre-Jesus era, it took twenty years and a force of 100,000+ oppressed slaves to build the pyramids. Fast-forward to today, it takes China 19 days and a force of 100+ oppressed slaves to build a 57-storey skyscraper.

Hopefully, you don’t need oppressed slaves to build your dreams here on But, hopefully, you can see that it takes time, effort, and focused energy to pull it off (whatever it is you dream and want to achieve).

So, let’s focus on you, your goals, and the success you want to achieve.

What is it? What do you want to accomplish with your life? How will you dedicate time and energy toward a life worth living?

Don’t look at me for the answer. Look inside yourself. That’s where you’ll find it.

Well, that’s all for today. Let’s wrap this up with the inspiring words of the mighty business magnate, Andrew Carnegie, “Anything worth living is worth working hard for.”

Good luck, my friend.

Jef van de Graaf
Canadian Copywriter & World Traveler
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