“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Have you had a really great idea for some new wonderful product?
The next must have, perhaps life altering amazingly awesome fantastic product that will be found in most homes within five years type of excellent product epiphany.
Perhaps you could make it happen.
Then you tell your pal Sally Judgerton and she tells you that you are crazy. In her opinion the world does not need that stroke of genius. You respect Sally and for the most part enjoy her company. Maybe she is right and you were just being silly.
Flash forward several years and you see something similar to your awesome idea all brightly packaged on display at the store. You missed your window for greatness because you allowed the opinions of others determine your worth, your courage and what you can accomplish in this life you have. You can bet that someone else will think of it too and they know that the only way to win is to play the game. They plow into the world blindly and a lot of hard work later they have earned the fruits of their labors.
Good news is… you can buy it now at most major retailers.
Go poke Sally in the nose and then kick your own butt for not listening to you… but only for a minute because we have bigger things to focus on other than what happened yesterday. Sally is just empty words from someone who does not count in the direction of your life. Are you participating in your life? Aren’t you the one that makes those decisions and sets the course for change?
The answers should be YES.
If it’s not yes then grab your life with both hands and shake things around until all the negative, nasty and crud that’s just weighing you down falls away.
My dear friend Irish from Dedicated 2 Life gave me one of the best things to think about.
I believe I had been expressing the feeling that I was a bit adrift and dragging my feet at defining certain goals because I felt like I didn’t know what I wanted exactly.
She told me to ask myself what are the three things that I want to be known for.
I knew #1 and #2 immediately and ideas started flowing.
#3 was a bit more broad and that is totally okay.
Each one of those three things is a life’s work, a beautiful accomplishment and total validation that I am plowing the appropriate course for exactly what I want to make happen.
What is right for one person may not be for another.
If you asked me figure out what is wrong with a car and fix it, I’d be in big trouble.
If he could get parts, The Handsome Prince could have it fixed in no time.
Ask him to write a book and he’d laugh at you.
That’s what makes the world such an awesome place.
You don’t learn from people that think and do the same things as you; learning is fun.
I had a conversation with someone who has some very firm opinions about what I do for a living.
She was trying to convince me to go back to school.
I expressed interest in taking a few courses that are totally unrelated to completing a program or degree.
I’d love to confidently tackle html a bit more and a photography class would be pretty neat.
She tried suggesting “maybe a vocational program” so I could work in a doctor’s office.
(Mind you I was in the middle of work while I’m having an unsolicited conversation about how I should look into another career.)
Ten to fifteen years ago I would have jumped at the chance.
Now I’d rather lick snakes… I’ve created a fairly solid little career, I can’t imagine anything different than my own yellow brick road anymore.
I realized then that no matter how many achievements won, goals surpassed and paychecks earned will ever be enough for her to actually consider writing a means of work. It is okay that some people will never understand because they don’t live our lives with the same goals. It is a waste of energy to justify my passion to those that only choose to view the world through their own stanch unwavering lenses.
At some point you just know when something is right for you.
You stop asking permission and start living out those dreams instead of pinning them to an imaginary wall in cyber space. Might not be the easiest path you will ever stride down but it will certainly be the one with the most beauty, educational opportunities and happiness.
Could I make more money working for someone else?
Would I trade the long hours, stress, flexible schedule, multiple jobs, deadlines and time spent with my family while contributing to our finances from home?
Not a chance. Nope. Never. It is crazy but it is totally suited to my particular brand of nutty.
There is no job that is 100% incredible all the time, every single moment… unless they are secretly pumping laughing gas into the building. Some days it stinks to be me but when that occurs I remember:
-There is no office attire… pajamas and fuzzy slippers totally fine
- I commute exactly two steps from my bed to work
-My boss is amazing and she tailors the working hours, project deadlines & topics around me
-When my kids are sick we commute down the hall to the living room couch where we marathon movies while I work from the laptop like a regular day
-I can take a day off, go for a long mid day hike and not have to hide the tan lines at the office.
-I am surrounded by my favorite people all the time, a wonderful dog that is nearly always by my side and more spotted kitties than it takes to qualify for the title “crazy cat lady.”
Alright… maybe the last one could be a plus and a negative depending upon the level of chaos currently being concocted by which division of nutty participants.
You don’t get this time to do over.
This is a one shot deal.
Get passionate and make it happen.
You know what the rotten thing about working hard and achieving your dreams?
Be afraid of not taking chances and grabbing opportunities than too fearful to ask for them or allowing those talents to shine. The world needs your particular brand of nutty to contribute… step right up and take your rightful place amongst the dreamers, do-ers and passionate believers of the world that are going to creatively take over as we bust down all the doors in our way.
You have my permission to set some great goals that empower you and change those great goals as you evolve so that they can serve you properly.
I would be really sad if the person that invented cat pooper scoopers had failed to see the profit in their idea.
You think they didn’t get laughed at?
How about those doggie potty pads…
The guy that invented it has a high school education and several million dollars in the bank.
You choose your future, don’t let it choose you while you stand in the way of your own progress and get run down by indecision. It doesn’t matter what someone else thinks. What do you think? Are you trying to do something that brings you joy and makes you tick? Great! Don’t let someone else decide what dreams you choose to pursue, who you will be tomorrow… the only brainwashing you need is a nice little mental wipe down of that white board so you can clearly see the mental notes that you are making currently.
You are exactly enough.
Those dreams and goals matter.
Life isn’t about constantly shelving potential for a more opportune time.
Every exceptional thing that has occurred in my life and career came to me because I made the first moves. Never has opportunity knocked on my door without work from my end first.
When you create the opportunities, they fit you like a hot power suit that makes you feel great.
Success looks great on you.
Smile, your going to take control and take flight.
You’ll be so busy living out your dreams, the people that did not appreciate your fabulous to begin with wont even be a blip on the radar.
You are extremely brave and if I can do it, you have totally got this nailed.
There is not a thing wrong with dreaming big…
in fact I believe it happens to be the only acceptable way to enjoy life and push past what I think are my limits only to find I’m really a lot better than I give myself credit for. So are you!
You can make it happen.
Believe in yourself and you’ve got half of your competition licked right out of the starting gate.
You know what you want… go forth and make it happen.