Disappointment is inevitable; it is how you deal with it that sets the blueprint for the rest of your life! Everyone has at least one sour-faced relative, friend or neighbor with an embittered soul who never has a good thing to say about anyone or anything! Such people move around with curdled expressions and malevolent eyes, *nary a smile on their lips… Do you think life has dealt them a more unfair deal than to others? What embittered them so much that their view of the world and fellow beings became so jaundiced?
The more I grow up, the wider my perspective seems to get. Like a camera lens that re-focuses from a narrowly defined macro shot out to a wider-angled view of life. In my naïveté, I used to take a my-way-is-the-highway approach to everything, sharing opinions from soap boxes in my relationships and in my writing. And even now seeing life through a broad lens doesn't come naturally to me. I still have strong opinions and convictions on certain issues; I'm not afraid of absolutes. But time and life experience have helped me to develop the wisdom to learn to try to share my opinions with grace and love. As I move through life I'm learning to intentionally allow things into my life that will grow my perspective in the gray areas. And let's be honest, a lot of life is gray.
Finding your passion isn't only about career and money. It's about finding your authentic self. The one you've buried under other people's needs. The fact is, there are millions of other people (males and females) in the world, and many of them are going to have careers, lives, and businesses similar to yours. But, the keyword is similar. Nobody can replicate the genius you possess. The sooner you realize that, the sooner you will set yourself free from the fear and insecurity that plagues so many of these people on this planet. Let's read along on how to add depth to your voice and create from a place that matters to you.
"Follow your dreams. Follow your passions. Leave a legacy. Live a life of meaning." There is so much free advice out there that it keeps getting into us, and subconsciously, we empower those pieces of advice by giving them a voice in our head. The voice, of thought, that eventually leads to the actions you take. Let me elaborate on this one. The "you should do something meaningful to create a dent (legacy as I see it) in the universe", has created such hype and uproar that people start having second thoughts about their own thoughts. I'll start with an example. I read an article and watched some youtube videos that led me to write this topic. The article was about Peter Thiel. Let's read along...
Rejection. Losing. Failure. Nobody strives for them. Do you? No athlete sets out to lose, no entrepreneur’s goal is bankruptcy. But as if an act of divine mercy, there are positives to be found in the negatives. In fact, successful people often preach as Gospel the value found in failure. Denis Waitley said it well - “Failure should be our teacher, not our undertaker. Failure is a delay, not defeat. It is a temporary detour, not a dead end. Failure is something we can avoid only by saying nothing, doing nothing and being nothing.” The mark of a successful person lies in their response to negative situations. They lick their wounds but stay on the battlefield. They find strength in their scars.