Every morning, when the clock hits 3:45 and my eyes open, I have two options: Stay in my warm bed or get up and be the model for my daughter. If I remain tucked under my covers, I instantly lose the opportunity to teach Logan that anything in life is attainable if you're willing to sacrifice, endure, and be relentless. At 3 1/2, she already asks me why I'm on the computer when she wakes up every morning. My answer will help mold how she thinks and who she becomes.
When I wake up earlier than the sun, I become the predator, losing the victim's mentality, and gain a competitive edge over who I used to be. If I ask my students to do "whatever it takes," I better be willing to do the same, if not more!
There are only two options: Predator or prey. If you're not outworking your competition, you'll get eaten alive today. Life is an immense competition, on and off the playing field. You're competing in the classroom, on your college applications, and after you earn a degree and attempt to make your mark on the world. If you're unwilling to grind for what you want 24/7, 365, you have no chance of succeeding against those who are.
Move over or get run over!
The #1 rule I live by: To achieve what 99% can't ... I must do what 99% won't.