I’m taking a couple of courses in school right now that have challenged my world view and the way that I think. And that’s ok. But one thing that I don’t agree with, is that peoples’ passions and life purposes can be evaluated by a so-called career counselor and dismissed based on practicality.
I think we all know the story of Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Jeff Bezos…just to name a few. If they would have listened to the naysayers and compromised on their dreams, who knows where they’d be, or where we as a society we would be. But they didn’t listen, and they made amazing things happen.
Don’t ever let someone tell you that you can’t do something. That’s up to you to decide. Don’t settle for the easy route because it’s safe, comfortable, and/or familiar. Dream big, go hard, and never quit chasing your passions.
One thing to ask yourself, however, is if what you want is just to make a bunch of money (and there’s nothing wrong with that), you might be chasing a career or job that will feel like work. The goal is to do something that feels rewarding and fulfilling. Life is too short to hate your job, and you’ll die early if that’s where you are.
If you’re stuck in your job, and you hate what you do…evaluate your dreams and passions and go after it. It doesn’t matter of your 45 or 59…because you still have a good 40-50 years left to crush life. So…what are you waiting for?
The only limits we have are those that you set for yourself and believed, and those that others set for you and you accepted. NO LIMITS! Sure, some people may have to work harder for many reasons; disabilities, race, ethnicity, gender, or whatever other victim mentality you choose to embrace. Well, put all that shit aside and take the next right step. The truth of the matter is, not everyone is created equal. Individuals are different, with different genetic make-up.
Famous quote from Dr. Peterson: “Human beings are born with different capacities, if they are free, they are not equal. And if they are equal, they are not free.”
But these differences do not lay within ethnic groups or geographical location…they cross cultural lines and gender differences. Men are stronger than women, fact. Women can think more abstractly than men, fact. Skin color has nothing to do with talent or ability, and everything to do with blaming others for your lack of effort.
Look up Denzell Washington’s speeches, Matthew McConaughey, Gary Vaynerchuck, Jim Rohn, Dr. Jordan Peterson, Tony Robbins, and do some google searches on what it takes to reach your potential. There are numerous videos and podcasts and quotes from these people and more, and none of them mention inequality as a factor. Successful people don’t play the blame game or play victim to past circumstances, or present perceptions of how people think of them.
Quotes from Les Brown: Black Author, unconcerned with his skin color or the ideology of ‘privilege.’
“Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.”
“Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
“Help others achieve their dreams and you will achieve yours.”
“Accept responsibility for your life. Know that it is you who will get you where you want to go, no one else.”
“When life knocks you down, try to land on your back. Because if you can look up, you can get up. Let your reason get you back up.”
“Life has no limitations, except the ones you make.”
“Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.”
“Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality.” “If you set goals and go after them with all the determination you can muster, your gifts will take you places that will amaze you.”
Think about these things when you start feelings sorry for yourself, or when you start comparing yourself to other people because you think you know their struggles through life based on how they look and act. You’re not a victim unless you choose to be.
So man-up. woman-up, human-up….whatever…just RISE UP and get after it.
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