Jimmy V Week – Enthusiasm


You+Motivation = Success Enthusiasm | Dream | Work Ethic


How do you go from where you are to where you want to be? I think you have to have an enthusiasm for life. You have to have a dream, a goal. And you have to be willing to work for it.”

There’s this one rule we have at my workplace that when you hear it, you’ll think it’s trivial. But when you live by it, you’ll notice not only that others around you don’t follow it nearly enough but also that it really does help lead the path to success. What’s the rule, you ask?

Smile. Smile. Smile.

Seems like another simple concept, right? And yet we seem to find people every day that overlook this simple effort as a mindless reaction instead of a focused action. In fact, when I noticed one of my co-workers experiencing a tough day recently, I tried to help out by encouraging him to smile. He responded with, “I’ll smile when I’m successful.”

How about: “I’ll be successful when I smile.”

Now I know that sounds cheesy and I’m probably coming off sounding like your elementary school guidance counselor that tries to convince the world is full of rainbows and marshmallows – but hear me out. In the pursuit of our dreams, it’s not about faking a smile to the world when we’re having a rough day. But it is about understanding how the right attitude is the first step to making any real changes in our lives. So through the words of Jimmy V, we find another key in the drive toward our dreams.


Enthusiasm isn’t just about one smile just like losing weight isn’t about just eating one healthy meal. It’s a series of decisions that become habits you make a point to do every single day…which result in a refreshed, renewed attitude of how you’re going to attain your goals. Suddenly, reaching for your dreams becomes a lifestyle.

This doesn’t mean that you should be bubbly and chipper when you wake up for your 5am workouts. And you definitely shouldn’t expect to have too much pep in your step when you’re turning the corner on the home stretch of your 5 mile run across town. But in all of us, there is a constant battle that rises each time we face an obstacle, whether it’s the first step we’re taking or the last. It’s a battle that stems from a quote my high school football coach would bark at us in the dog-days of summer two-a-day workouts: “Are you here just to get through practice…or are you here to get better?”

That is when you need commitment. That is when you need passion. That is when you need the enthusiasm for what your dream or goal means to you no matter how far away it might be feel.

Happiness is a mood. Enthusiasm is a mindset.

Check out this clip from one of Jimmy V’s famous speeches!


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