I was hanging out with a good priest friend recently, and he introduced me to someone as the ‘next BIG thing to help change the world’. As the person I was meeting looked at me confused, I explained that it was my hope to be the next Tony Robbins, but of motivation. At that point, my priest friend said, “No, we don’t need another Tony Robbins. We need a Charlie Backer, be you. That’s what people need. They need YOU.” That struck me. By no means was I insisting that I wanted to be Tony Robbins, but in the moment of explaining our goals, I think it is easy to name-drop someone that has achieved something we want. If I ask a young hockey player what he wants to be when he grows up, he may say that he wants to be a hockey player like Brett Hull or Wayne Gretzky. Is there anything wrong with saying that? No. However, we cannot strive to be someone we are not. Tony Robbins got to where he is by his own actions, and more so, his own path in life.
Life does not have a map. Life does not have a GPS where you can simply put in your goals and BOOM you’ll get there. Life is about the struggle, the fear, the tears and the laughs that bring us to where we end up. If we constantly hide in the shadows of those we look up to, we will never achieve our greatness and leave our own shadow upon the world. I don’t want to be the next Tony Robbins. I want to be the first Charlie Backer. I want people to hear my name and find inspiration and motivation in my words and actions. I want to be able to speak, write and share things that uplift people. I want the person who feels like their world is crashing down to read one of my blogs and have a renewed belief in their life, and a hope for a better tomorrow. I want the struggling family that just lost their source of income to watch one of my videos and have the motivation to restart tomorrow refreshed and reenergized with the belief that they ARE worthy of so much more.
Life is not fair. But that doesn’t mean we can’t help each other out. 2015 will be the year I show you who the real Charlie Backer is. Love me or hate me, I hope you find inspiration and motivation to get to where you want to be, and where you need to be.
The best thing you can be is YOURSELF. Don’t strive to be someone else. It ain’t their life, it’s yours. Write that down. Boom.