Oftentimes people tell me this: You’re awesome. They have their reasons for saying that but here’s what they often miss: they’re awesome too. It takes being awesome to recognize the awesomeness in another person.
I hate it when people pretend to be strong, when they pretend to be perfect, when they pretend that they don’t love or hate something, and when they pretend that they don’t need other people. This is crazy! These people end up being depressed and clueless about their purpose in life.
What does it take to be human? To be human is to be vulnerable. To be human is to have empathy for others. To be human is to accept failure and defeat. To be human is to share your struggles and stories with others. To be human is to acknowledge that we’re all equal, that we all have fears, passions, desires, virtues and vices in us.
I know many talented folks. I watch them in awe when they do things because of the skills they manifest in whatever they do. But most times, these talented folks are nowhere to be found. They get stuck and complain about the rest who are making it big.
They thought that talent alone is a prerequisite to making it big. No. Talent isn’t enough. You have to put in the hours. You have to work hard, because hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.
The only way your talent will help you is when you put in the hours, work your butt off, and practice as much as you can.
There’s something that kicks my butt to work, to create enchanting stuff, and to become awesome. What’s it exactly? It’s my motto. My belief and my worldview.
When it comes to ideas, my motto is START and FINISH. When it comes to hardship, my motto is PATIENCE and PERSEVERANCE. When it comes to helping others, my motto is EMPATHY and GENEROSITY. When it comes to connection, my motto is INITIATE and ASK. When it comes to dealing with people, my motto is TOLERANCE and LISTENING.
So, what’s your motto? If you don’t have one, it’s time to create your own motto. Your motto will push you forward and help you to be more determined than ever.
I know many people with mind-blowing stories. Their stories always captivate my heart whenever I listen to them. But here is the problem: they won’t write their stories for others to read. They’re afraid that their grammar sucks. That people will not read their stories if it’s full of grammatical errors.
Many bestselling authors are not grammar gurus. Even Steven Pressfield admitted that he’s still struggling to differentiate between “it’s” and “its.” And you know what? He’s written many books and many of them are bestsellers.
I wonder why people are so conscious of their grammar more than their stories. Your story is you. It doesn’t need any grammar to make a difference. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that basic grammar should be ignored. But my point is this: grammar does not make good story.
No one has ever said: “that story is inspiring because of its grammar.” It’s inspiring because it’s your story. Because of the connection and the message it passes across. Story connects us together as human beings. And that’s why you must write yours for us to read. We don’t need your grammar; we only need your story.
I’ve failed, not once but many times. And I’ll still fail. Sometimes we think that failure is as a result of lack of preparation. Well, this might be true in school examinations. But in other endeavors, failure is a must. Because success is not guaranteed. No one can say what he/she is doing right now is a sure bet. No matter how prepared you are, there are chances that you’ll fail.
Failure is part of us. You can’t escape from it. We’ve been dealing with failure ever since we’re toddlers. Did you remember how many times you fall while learning how to walk? A lot.
What did we do then? We picked ourselves up and try again. That’s the word success loves: try. When you fail, try again. Success is the accumulation of failures with perseverance. In fact, the more you fail at something, the better you become at it. Fail your way to success, dearie.
Don’t let temporary failure stop you from trying again. For behind every success story there are thousands of failures. What you do when you fail is all that counts. Whether you learn from it and try again, or you stop trying for the fear of failure. I urge you to try something today, fail at it, learn from it, and try again. Go!
Idea is cheap, it’s everywhere and we all have it. But most times, our ideas die in isolation when we’re daydreaming without taking action.
Execution is hard, expensive and it comes with a lot of sacrifices, and that’s why we rarely do it. On top of that, there are forces that make execution even harder than ever—fear, criticism, resistance, and other excuses.
But execution isn’t that hard as we might have thought before, it only requires the courage to act in spite of all odds. It doesn’t require you to have big and broad chest to do that. Just a single small step to show that you’re ready and act.
What are the ideas boiling down in your head right now? Write the darn thing down, take a small step towards it by knowing how to execute it, then repeat the process any time a new, fresh idea hit you. An idea is powerless if it stays inside of you. You have to act to make it happen. Go!