I remember looking into her eyes and saying, “My job will always be #1. My dreams were here long before you were.”
She didn’t bat an eye. Maybe because it was refreshing to hear a guy not trying to get into her pants. Now that all my chips were on the table, it was time for one more cold hard fact. “Girls have never been a priority for me.”
It felt good to say it, even though I knew my second statement wasn’t 100% entirely true. I believed with success and happiness, the chicks would follow. These, unintentionally, just might have been my two best pick-up lines ever. Plus, if I was going to stay with her, I could always look back on this moment say “I told you so.”
When my friend/web-designer/fellow broadcaster Brad posted this Ryan Seacrest blurb on Twitter today I felt every word. I believe my work ethic and constant chasing of dreams is the sole reason I’ve enjoyed any success whatsoever.
I know I’m repeating somebody else’s pain when I say that success is a double-edged sword. I got some, I acted differently, treated others different and got lazy and fat. I found myself seeking approval from others and made bad business and personal decisions in doing so.
There’s nothing wrong with hard work and chasing a dream. That’s why Ryan can’t sleep. He LOVES what he’s doing. When you find that, there’s not enough time in the day. Julianne isn’t wrong either in wanting a slower life. I look forward to that day too. But now isn’t the time.