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MBA graduate Wes O’Donnell used his degree to follow his dreams and launch several businesses and passion projects. Watch this inspirational video to earn more about his success as a serial entrepreneur as he shares his inspirational story of life after business school.

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A lot of people are told as kids you can be whatever you want when you grow up. You can do whatever you want; you can be whatever you want to be. And then we grow up and we’re faced with the reality of life that we have to go to school, graduate, get a job, put some money away for retirement, and then die gracefully. And what people don’t understand is that deep down inside, we do really want more.

WE block ourselves and we use these words, almost like we are in a trance. Like we are sleep walking thru life – that we find ways to cancel out our dreams. That a lot of places we want to go, a lot of things we want to do, a lot of things we want to experience, and we just stop at, “But”. “But” will cause you to hide out behind fear. “But” will cause you to come up with all types of excuses that you can validate your inaction. “But” is a dream killer.

But most people, you know what they do? Most people go thru life quietly and safely, tip toeing to an early grave. We’ve been holding back. We have ideas that we don’t act on, things we want to do, or are afraid to take chances. See, a lot of us say, “no” to things and we don’t even know what to say “no” to. Don’t allow “but” to keep you in the corner.

There are a lot of people who say, “but I tried once or twice and it didn’t work out”. And so they use that as an excuse not to ever come out again. Look if things don’t work out, if you don’t produce results you want, that’s fine. But don’t confuse who you are with the results that you produce. Do what you can, where you are, with what you have and never be satisfied. Don’t get satisfied with yourself. Always know that wherever you are that you can enjoy more, that you deserve more.

You have to stop looking at society thru what society tells you. Realize that you can actually follow your dreams. You can do this stuff. You have to face yourself. Look at yourself in the mirror; ask yourself, “Who do you want to be”. What do you want to do? You have to force yourself to do that.

See if you’re working on your dream, sure there are going to be times you want to quit. Sure there are going to be times when life will knock you down, and catch you on the blind side. But the challenge is, is to hold on and if you hold on tenaciously, I say the universe is on your side. See if you don’t decide to live your life, if you don’t decide to step into your fears, if you don’t decide to say yes to your life, it will never work for you.

You’ve got to live what’s in you. Life is too short and unpredictable, but what do we say? There will always be tomorrow.

Oh no – there are no guarantees you’re going to be here tomorrow. Lot of people who were here yesterday, aren’t here today. So if there is something you’ve always wanted to do – take it head on. Life will never be the same again. Live your dream.

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