Getting into medical school is hard.  Getting drafted into the NFL and being a starter is harder.  What if you wanted to do both?  People would probably tell you it’s impossible.

But it wasn’t impossible for Quebec’s Laurent Duvernay-Tardif who graduated from McGill’s medical school yesterday and has a five-year $41 million contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.  He is the first ever NFL player to earn a medical degree while playing the game.

What if he had decided to listen to the voices who told him he would never be able to follow both dreams?  He would never have realized his potential.

How many times do we listen to the voices around us that pour water on our spark instead of fanning our flames?

King Alexander the Great once said, “There is nothing impossible to him who will try.”

If you have the grit, resilience and dedication to get up every time you fall, and if you take every failure as a lesson in growth, you can climb any mountain.

We might not be making touchdowns on an NFL field or saving lives in an emergency room, but we can definitely make our dreams come true if we believe in ourselves beyond reason and never give up.