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(This is an excerpt from the book The Next Few Years Will Change Your Life from former BYU and NBA basketball player, Travis Hansen.)

To make it on and off the court means we must believe that it can be done. I look at the champions I’ve known. They have big dreams because big dreams are the only kind that produce the motivation, determination, and drive to succeed. It takes courage to follow dreams, regardless of how others judge you or your chances.

There is great wisdom in losing yourself in good things, in helping others, and in forgetting your own problems. There is a special power bottled up inside everyone. There is a piece of God that lies within all of us if we will just seek it, find it, and set it free. There are many examples of how to find that special power inside, and how to see that light in others you meet every day.

My greatest hero is Jesus Christ. The things He did, the miracles He performed, the life He led, the example He gave, the way He treated others—especially those who hated and mocked Him—lift me up. The teachings He left us are inspiring and uplifting and the perfect road map to happiness in this world and the world to come. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” (John 3:16).

Finding the hero within you means finding your true identity and discovering what abilities and talents you have. It’s about finding what you are good at, what tools you have, and how best to use them. Finding the hero within you means finding your own true peace and happiness and helping others find theirs.

Whatever you do, don’t be afraid to dream big. “If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth” (Mark 9:23).

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