On Success: The Law of Sacrifice



Great achievement is usually born of great sacrifice, and is never the result of selfishness.

~ Napoleon Hill

A man, at times, gets something for nothing, but it will, in his hands, amount to nothing.

~ Frederick Douglass

I recently read a great blog post about Jimmer Fredette, the BYU basketball star who was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2011, where I learned that Jimmer had signed a contract made by his older brother to do the work and make the sacrifices to reach his goal to play in the NBA.  Here is a copy of the contract.

Jimmer Fredette Contract


This is a great example of someone applying the law of sacrifice.  Simply put, the law of sacrifice is that in order to attain something you believe is of greater value, you must give up something you believe is of lesser value.  In other words, you cannot get something you want without giving up something in return.

Here are a few common examples of the law of sacrifice being applied.

  1. If you want to lose weight, you have to give up junk food.
  2. If you want the nice things in life, you have to work hard and save your money.
  3. The world-class athlete or musician gives up time with his or her family to hone their talent.
  4. The blockbuster actor gives up anonymity for fame and fortune.
  5. The converted religious person gives up old habits for their new faith

Do you see the application of the law?  Have you applied it to obtain your dreams?  You probably know what you want, but have you chosen to “do the work and make the necessary sacrifices” to obtain it?  At the end of the blog post, the author points out that the big question may not be “what am I willing to do to attain my goals” but rather “what am I will to give up?”  Very insightful.  Check out the full blog post I read here.

As usual, it all starts with a choice.  If you really want to succeed, you need to choose to apply the law of sacrifice.

Choose to do the work and make the necessary sacrifices.  Choose greatness.




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