“Sometimes all you need is 20 seconds of insane courage — 20 seconds of embarrassing bravery and I promise you something great will come of it”
If your feet hit the floor each day and you are acutely aware that you are doing exactly what God designed you to do then this little pep talk probably is not for you but, if you’ve ever uttered, “I would love to ________ but I could never because __________” then keep reading. Most of us have a dream or aspiration that fits in that first blank. We say them to ourselves but immediately fill in that second blank and give ourselves the reason why it is not possible.
Embarrassing Bravery Let’s get real, most of the time the only thing really stopping us from doing what we want is what we think others will think about our passion.
Passion is something people are uncomfortable with. When you are passionate about something people get squirmy. They get squirmy because, simply put, you and your passion remind them of all the things they’d like to have the courage to be doing and aren’t. Why is it your job to make these people comfortable?
It’s okay if those people don’t get it. You get it. You will meet other people who get it.
If gluing acorns on tennis balls is your thing, do it. If making birdhouses out of old TVs is your thing, do it. If making candles is your thing start small but DO IT.
“Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it” Ellen Goodman
Redefine your normal!!!!
Steve Jobs founder of Apple was without a doubt a class A jerk. He was also one of, if not the most, important innovators of our generation. His colleagues referred to his charisma and its effects on the developers working around him as the Reality Distortion Field. It was his ability to convince himself and others to believe almost anything with a mix of charisma and bravado. His Reality Distortion Field was said to distort an audience’s sense of proportion and scales of difficulties and made them believe that the task at hand was possible.
Steve Jobs Reality Distortion Field was at times a complete failure that alienated him from friends and family but also catapulted the entire world into another technological time and space.
Jobs didn’t accomplish all he did by being “realistic.”
Create your own Reality Distortion Filed where you hear, see and feel positivity, where only success is plausible and failure really isn’t. Success for you may look very different than it does for someone else so definitely spend some time on your definition of success but don’t allow negativity to creep in and take root. You will encounter people who are unsupportive, you may encounter people who will either actively or even passively ridicule your passion, you most definitely will encounter people who don’t get what you do but when you find the ones who just get it those people will become your tribe.
Start small. Start now.
If not now, when?
Thanks for reading