Not everyone is destined to be the leader of the free world. Not everyone is going to be CEO of a fortune five hundred company. Not everyone is going to be the next Denzel Washington. Not everybody is going to be the next reality television star. But, Everyone is capable of doing something positive. Everyone is capable of making an impact on something or someone somewhere. Everyone is capable of some form of success.

I live by a standard set a long time ago by my grandfather, that my father followed and I will follow. He made up in his mind that he would live a better life than what his parents lived, his children would be better off than he was, he would make a bigger impact than his parents. My grandfather grew up extremely poor, but he held true to what he promised himself. He didn’t live the life of wealth, but he worked extremely hard to make sure his children had food and clothes.

My father grew up poor but not poverty strickened, they had clothes, and food, and were allowed to play sports, but life wasn’t peachy. But my father was even more so determined, to the point, he became a fireman so that he would have a steady income, and started an HVAC company, and recently started an HVAC consultation company. This provided me with a lifestyle that he never had a child. I don’t have to want for much of anything, everything is taken care of I don’t have need to worry, everything I need, and much of what I want is already mine. That of course leaves me with some huge shoes to fill, considering his success plus mom is the Deputy Chief for Family Court across the largest county in the State. With each generation the bar has been set higher and higher, and in order to continue to be a Jones that the world loves to keep up with, I must set an even higher bar for the next generation.

I often say “Set the Standard,” but sometimes the standard has already been set, you have to raise to the bar. You could very well be reading this and thinking, “My family doesn’t have a bar for me to raise.” Well its high time to create a new standard. If the standard in the past, was to do the least to get by, start doing the most. If the standard is to live paycheck to paycheck, work until you forget when payday is.  It makes absolutely no difference what the problem, where you came from, who you are; to determine your future. All things are possible through Christ (ref. phillipians 4:13). That means with faith you can achieve all. The Lack of faith, kills marriages, careers, families, churches, friendships and more. But when you have faith everything falls into place (ref. Matthew 6:33). Without it you fail, you will lack peace, and understanding and will not epitomize the status of baller. But with faith….all things are possible, and I mean ALL THINGS.

If you aspire to someone you have to raise the bar from the standard that was set and met. I don’t care if you have to climb mount Everest figuratively to get to a better life, if thats the task, thats what you need to do. The well being of you and yours is most important. How do you want to be remembered? As the mediocre person, that no one remembers much about, or do you want to be the person that everyone remembers because you influenced everyone around you for the better.

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