My name is Richard and I am a preschool dropout.
Yep, that’s right I dropped out of preschool and thus began a life of quitting when things got hard. I quit baseball. I quit football. I quit playing piano. I quit playing guitar. I quit on a business I wanted to start. I quit writing two books that are outlined in this laptop. I have half a screenplay written. I was a few moments away from quitting on life. And the list could go on and on. But I don’t want it to go on and on. I want it to stop. I want to work harder when things get hard. I want to inspire you to do the same.
There are a lot of reasons that I quit in the hard areas of life. Name any reason anyone has ever quit something and that reason would probably apply to me at some point in life. But what stands out to me is the lack of discipline that I have in life. Discipline is the ingredient that allows someone to push through when things get hard. Discipline is the ability to do seemingly small tasks over a long period of time to become great at something. I never learned that. But I want that to change.
You can read the reasoning for the name Same Shirt Yesterday below. But I want the same shirt idea to stand for discipline. To stand for the ability, or practice, of doing the small things everyday to have a great impact. I want to learn discipline so that I can attain some of these goals that I gave up on early in life. And I want you to be disciplined to reach some goals that you never thought you could.
So here is what I am proposing. I’m not going to go back and finish preschool (Although the daily snack time and nap time would be awesome) But I am going to go back and Accomplish seven specific goals that I gave up on somewhere in life. Some are interconnected and others are so I will list them all separately below.
- I am going to start a business.
- (Proof of Completion: Open Saucy’s Sliders restaurant and online store by October 27, 2018).
- I am going to take lessons and learn to hit a baseball.
- (Proof of Completion: Hit off of an accomplished hitter by January 1, 2019).
- I am going to take lessons and learn to pitch a baseball.
- (Proof of Completion: Pitch to an accomplished hitter by January 1, 2019).
- I am going to learn to play the guitar.
- (Proof of Completion: Gather all my friends and put on a concert for my birthday to raise money for Charity Water. Concert on October 27, 2018).
- I am going to finish one of the books that I have outlined on this laptop.
- (Proof of Completion: Book self-published on Amazon).
- I am going to finish writing the movie that I started to write.
- (Proof of Completion: Complete PDF Copy available on this site on January 1, 2019)
- I am going to get in shape.
- (Proof of Completion: Dunk a basketball by December 1, 2018)
As I type these goals out they all sound insanely stupid and I feel extremely vulnerable. I am at a point in life where I have to stop worrying about what other people think. It seems that has been a problem for me for a long time. But no more.
I place all this information on my blog to be an inspiration. So come on. What are you waiting for? Start working toward that goal that you always wanted to work for. If you need permission the I give you permission. Go and do.
The Inspiration for the Name:
The name Same Shirt Yesterday comes from a personal experience I had. I describe it briefly below.
Here I am at the Church in Bantu, Ethiopia
(I am wearing the dark blue shirt on the left)
Several years ago I was serving in Ethiopia. I was there to do mission work with the people of Ethiopia. Every morning I would wake up, open my big suitcase and put on a completely clean pair of clothes. As the week went by I realized that the men and women and children I was working with had on the same shirt as yesterday. I realized the truth, I carried more shirts in my suitcase then some of them would even wear in a year (Maybe a lifetime for that matter). It was an eye opening experience for me. It was not so much that I thought that they needed more clothes to make them happy, it was that this was an indication of greater problems that they dealt with. Hunger, disease, homelessness, lack of clean water just to name a few. I began thinking of ways to try to do my part. To try and ease some suffering and to give hope to these people.
On the trip home I realized that I was not in a position to share well with these people or anyone else for that matter. We (my wife and I) were in debt and wasting our money on debt interest payments. I wasted my time on meaningless activities. I had never even tried to identify my strong talents so that I could use them effectively. So it was at that point that I decided I would prepare myself and my family in these areas so that we would be prepared to share.
It has not been perfect since that day in 2012 but we have made great strides. I have learned a lot and I hope to share the things I have learned with you.
So that is the shortened story behind the name Same Shirt Yesterday. Would you join with us as we prepare to give of ourselves like never before? It will be worth it, I promise.
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