We all have a keen desire to be great. For as long as I can remember, every person I have ever met desired to be the best at something or at least be considered great.

In my short life, I have come to realize that greatness comes with a price and a great deal of sacrifice. Achieving greatness does not happen overnight.

To be great and cement a legacy, you must be dedicated to being the best possible person you can be. Most times, we are infatuated with the glitz and glamour that comes along with being the best, but we are not too keen on accepting and enduring the challenges that come along with the task.

Lets face it: No matter what you do in life, there will be challenges. Nothing in life comes easy. I can say from personal experience that there is nothing more rewarding than accomplishing a goal after applying myself wholeheartedly. Unfortunately, the society we live in always shows the perks of success but never the struggle to achieve it.

The key to greatness is to conquer your weakness. All of us have weaknesses. Some of our weaknesses are more obvious than others. Some of our weaknesses have persisted for far too long. We often wonder why we do not progress in life or see changes from our current circumstances. The writing is on the wall. Sometimes, we just have to face the facts: We are only as strong as our weakness.

To conquer a weakness, you must be humble enough to acknowledge there is room for improvement. Admitting a weakness is not always easy, but it is necessary to grow and become an asset in life.

I have always admired successful people. Growing up, I did not understand and appreciate the commitment and dedication required to be great. I’ve noticed that all successful people pay careful attention to detail. Successful people do not leave one stone unturned. They dot all of their i’s and cross all of their t’s. In other words, their weaknesses are addressed. They make a conscientious effort to purposefully grow in all areas of their lives.

As you read this, I want you to be encouraged to address your weakness. Be humble enough to acknowledge that there are areas of your life that need work. We all have areas in our lives where we are lacking.

Make today the first day of your recovery process from denial. Make today the beginning of living above mediocrity. We are all special in our own way. We are all here to be blessings, not curses.

St. Helenians, we can do it. Let’s make it happen.

Contact Jasper Knighten at jasperknighten@yahoo.com.