• Mark McKoy

Going against the grain!

The herd doesn’t win!

There are 2 types of people in this world. There are the Sheppard (the few) and there are the sheep (the many).

The majority of people are followers. Afraid to take a stance. Afraid to take a chance. Afraid to be alienated for their beliefs. Afraid, afraid, afraid. What will people say? How will people react? What will be the consequences?

Winners take chances. Winners don’t worry about the thoughts of others. Winners aren’t afraid to lose, to fail. Winners aren’t afraid to live!

Far too many people look back on their lives and say, “only if.” Don’t be one of the many. As my mother always used to say, “This is not a dressed rehearsal.” You have one life. It’s better to have lived and failed than to coast along in a sea of mediocracy and die a nobody.

There is a Tibetan proverb, “It is better to live one day as a tiger than a thousand years as a sheep.” Be a tiger. Live. Look back on your life and smile because you feel like you have accomplished something. Don’t die a sheep.

I have made many mistakes in my life. I have failed many times. But…if I were to die today, I would die a happy man. A man accomplished. A man happy with my life in all of its imperfections. At least I tried. I gave it my best shot. I was a tiger. And at least I know that I have a family and children that can be proud of their father. I can be proud that I have taught them that anything is attainable. Not by just dreaming about it. Not just by sitting down, writing down goals and talking about it. But by going for it. Speaking with actions. Making mistakes. Failing. And knowing that nobody will criticize them for “doing.” And that if they are criticized, not to give a damn because the only people that criticize are part of the 95%. The weak. The sheep. The do nothing, be nothing crowd. The people that I have taught them not to give a crap about anyway because they are not worth worrying about. The average. I taught them never to be average. Average doesn’t win. Average don’t succeed. The average are sick, weak, unhappy and unfulfilled. I taught them that I wasn’t put here to be average and neither were they.


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