If you want to grow a good crop, what do you put on it? Manure, right? All that crap you are going through in your life can make you more productive in the end. All we need to do is plant some seeds in it.
What do we mean by seeds? A seed can be thoughts and beliefs that you can be something more than this. I know people who had severe problems with alcohol or drugs for years, and one of the key factors that helped them turn around was that little voice in their head of their mom or grandma (sometimes long after she was dead), saying,
You are somebody special. You are better than this.
A seed can be planted by a coach or a teacher, who gives you that idea,
You 're smart. You're talented. You could be a doctor. You're great with machines, you could be an engineer. You are a good football player, but you need to get in better shape.
Maybe it could even be a blog (-:
The point Bruce is making is that the crap you go through - working three jobs, going to school full time and going to college full time, having a baby at 16 years old, needing to work, find day care and finish school, screwing up and ending up in jail for a year - all of that makes you stronger in the end, once you start to grow.
You really will be stronger in the broken places. You'll learn that the past is the past, that's why we call it that. It's over. You will learn that you can overcome difficulties. When you are at the top at that pinnacle, you'll still understand what it's like to be at the bottom.
Let's assume you are sitting somewhere reading this and asking me,
Fine! I've gone through plenty of crap, now how do I get the seed to grow?
I have an answer for you (didn't think I could hear you all the way here in North Dakota, did you?)
Want to graduate from college? Check out the website for your local community college. Start looking at four-year schools that interest you. (Hot tip: Do NOT sign up with a for-profit school. They're not worth it.)
Want to be a world champion? Go outside and run. Do some push-ups and sit-ups right now. Write down how many you did. Do it again tomorrow
My answer is this: start. There is always one thing you can do. Do it. Sprout!