You Only Live Once {YOLO}

How you can start living your dream today

By: Art Ramirez

I’m certain that everyone, at one time or another, has heard the expression, “You only live once.”

Whether used as an expression to give oneself validation for daring actions or for pursuing extraordinary dreams, its common use has reached many. In recent years, the coined phrase has even had a rebirth, per se: It is now abbreviated and infamously known to the younger generation as YOLO. Regardless of its transformation, effect and/or purpose, this phrase is a powerful combination of four words that can be life-changing if people allow it to be.

You: You are the only person who can change your life. You have so much more potential than you think you do.
Only: Exclusivity. You are the only one – the only chance. Only you can make it happen.
Live: To be alive. Live or die. Live life with no regrets.
Once: One time. It’s once in a lifetime – not more than once.

We live in a world where normalcy and conformity are embraced. Generation after generation, the cycle of life and its meritocracy tends to repeat itself. If people go skydiving, they are considered crazy. If people quit their well-paid job to start their own company, they are considered irresponsible.

If you only live once, why don’t you try to conquer and accomplish as many things as possible? Why don’t you strive to be the best at what you do? Why go through life doing the same routine day in and day out, over and over again? You have so much potential in you that you could change not only your, but many people around you. How great would it be to live your dreams, all the while inspiring others to live theirs, as well?

Among the biggest misconceptions about what stand between you, your goals and your dreams are the lack of money, resources and/or connections. Tell that to astronaut Jose M. Hernandez, who picked cotton with his family as a young boy in the fields of California and didn’t speak English until the age of 12. Tell that to media mogul Oprah Winfrey, who was born into poverty and discriminated against her entire life. Tell that to entrepreneur John Paul DeJoria, who sold Christmas cards as a child to help support the family after his parents divorced when he was 2, and who lived out of his car when he launched Paul Mitchell Systems.

In reality only you stand in the way of reaching your goals and living your dreams. The recipe is simple: Take action, do what you love, work as hard as you can and help others. You only live once, so stop living an average life. Start living your dreams today!


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